Spain offers a stable and consolidated democratic political framework, endorsed by the 1978 Constitution, which guarantees the fundamental rights and civil liberties. The Spanish society is one of the most open to social changes in Europe and stands out for their inclusive character and their respect to religious coexistence.
Spain has the second highest life expectancy in OECD countries. Its health system is the third most efficient in the world, according to the Bloomberg index (just after Hong Kong and Singapore). In accordance with the Index published by the medical journal The Lancet, Spain has the eighth best quality health system in the world; it is the third European one, after Sweden and Finland. Furthermore, Spain stands the ratio of inhabitants by pharmacy among the highest in the world.
Weather is one of the main attractions of Spain. With more than three thousand hours of sunlight per year, it is one of the warmest countries in Europe. However, our country is a territory full of contrasts and for those who seek a cooler environment, northern Spain registers lower temperatures.
From the northern leafy mountains to the southern beaches, through the central plateau and the Mediterranean coast, Spain's landscapes are as varied as surprising. Our rich natural heritage is one of the attractions of the country, first in number of Biosphere Reserves worldwide.
Spain is the third country with greater number of UNESCO World Heritage declarations. In addition to treasures such as the Alhambra in Granada or the Camino de Santiago, our country can boast of being the cradle of universal geniuses such as Cervantes, Goya, Velázquez, Picasso, Dalí, or Gaudí.
As a result of the coexistence of people of different cultures during centuries, the Spanish character is open, cheerful, tolerant and respectful. Citizens from other countries feel welcome and the 80% of the children of foreigners adapt without problems in our country. Also, Spain has one of the highest rates of integration in the world.
The Spanish infrastructure network is one of the best in Earth. Spain has the second highest-speed rail network worldwide and the first in Europe. Our country also has the most modern and technologically advanced fleet of trains in the continent. It is the ninth country in the world in air connectivity and has the largest highway map in Europe.
The raw material is essential in all the best cuisines and Spain has some of the most cherished ingredients. Iberian ham, olive oil, cheese and wines are part of the Mediterranean Diet, considered Intangible Heritage of Humanity. From the most traditional recipes to the finest cuisine, Spanish gastronomy is renowned for its quality. And we cannot forget its most universal dish: tapas.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, with more than 560 million Spanish speakers and it is growing and growing. By 2050 it is expected that 10% of the world population use Spanish language. What is more, by that time it is estimated that the United States will be the first country worldwide in number of Spanish speakers, which opens a world of cultural, social and economic possibilities.