Spain offers a stable and consolidated democratic political system, enshrined in the Constitution of 1978, which guarantees fundamental rights and civil liberties. Spanish society is one of the most open to social change in Europe and stands out for its inclusiveness, respect for sexual freedom and the peaceful coexistence of different religions.
Spain has the second highest life expectancy of the OECD countries. Its health system is the third most efficient in the world, according to the Bloomberg index (behind Hong Kong and Singapore). According to The Lancet's Healthcare Access and Quality Index, the quality of Spain’s health system puts it eighth in the world and third in the European Union, behind Sweden and Finland. Furthermore, Spain has one of the highest ratios of pharmacies to inhabitants in the world
Weather is one of the biggest draws of Spain. With more than three thousand hours of sunlight per year, it is one of the warmest countries in Europe. But it is so much more; a country full of contrasts, with snow at higher altitudes and lower temperatures in northern regions.
From the verdant mountains of the north to the beaches of the south, to its central plateau and its Mediterranean coast, Spain’s landscape is as diverse as it is astonishing. A rich natural heritage is one of the main attractions of our country, which has more Biosphere Reserves than any other in the world.
Spain has the third highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any country. In addition to treasures such as the Alhambra Palace in Granada or the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage network, our country is also the proud birthplace of brilliant minds such as Cervantes, Goya, Velázquez, Picasso, Dalí and Gaudí.
As a result of the peaceful coexistence of different cultures for centuries, the Spanish character is open, cheerful, tolerant and respectful. Citizens from other countries feel welcome and 80% of children of foreigners adapt without any problems. Spain also has one of the highest levels of integration in the world.
The Spanish infrastructure network is one of the best on the planet. Spain has the second largest high-speed rail network worldwide and the largest 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 transport connectivity and has the most extensive motorway network in Europe.
The quality of the ingredients is crucial in all the best cuisines and Spain has an unrivalled array: Iberian cured ham, olive oil, cheese and wines are all part of the Mediterranean Diet, which has been named an Intangible Heritage of Humanity. From the most traditional of recipes to avant-garde cuisine, Spanish gastronomy is renowned for its quality. And, of course, we cannot forget its most famous dish: the tapa.
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, 10% of the world population is expected to use the Spanish language. What is more, by that time it is estimated that the United States will be the top country worldwide by number of Spanish speakers, opening a world of cultural, social and economic opportunities.