By: Will Gastright The bull fighting country
Geography and Climate • Spain is nearly as large as Nevada and Utah combined! • 5th largest country in Europe. >500,000 square miles. • Much of central Spain is a high plateau surrounded by low costal plains. • They have important mountain ranges such as Pyrenees mountains, and the Iberians. • The longest river there is called the Ebro its 546 miles long. • Due to mountains and the ocean Spain experiences extreme temperature conditions • Northern Atlantic coast is damp and cool. • Central Plateau long, hot dry summers. • Mediterranean coast has a subtropical climate with average temperature of 57 degrees F.
Natural Resources • Spain's natural resources include coal, iron ore uranium, mercury, gypsum, Zink copper and potash. • Farm and ranch products include grains, citrus fruits, wine grapes, vegetables, and animals. • 1/3 of the land is available for cultivation. • Cultivation of olive trees is a major agricultural activity. • Major industries include food, metals, chemicals, automobiles, and machine tools. • Tourism in Spain is the 2nd largest in the world. 52 billion US dollars.
Lifestyle impact • The manufacturing of mass transit vehicles, Solar products, and other energy products have created good jobs and a good life for the Spanish people. • The high heat in a large part of the country makes for late afternoon naps and late evenings when the temperature is cool. • Seafood, Olives, and other agricultural products make up a good source of diet and work.
Economy • Their GDP per capita in 2012 is estimated at $30,412. • GDP is the total output of a country and divides it by the number of people in the country. • They’re a developed country and have the 12th largest economy in the world. • Lead the world in Renewable energy; solar power, wind energy and 14 Nuclear Reactors. • Very high standard of living. • Capitalist mixed economy. Private and state funds drive the economy. Government has high influence over the economy through policy making and control. • Tenth Highest quality of life rating index in the world. Uses 9 factors to rank countries including: Health, Family, Community, Climate, Job Security and others. • The United States ranks 13th for example.
Culture • Strong historical Roman influence. • 71% of the population is Roman Catholic. • Picture of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. • School students have to choose to study ethics or Catholic Religion.
Culture • Picasso and Salvador Dali remain two of the 20th century's most well know and prized artists. • Picasso was known as a cubist and Salvador Dali was know as a Surrealist.
Cultural • Spanish people entertain themselves with Soccer. FC Barcelona Football club is very popular team. • The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona Spain is a famous activity where men show how brave they are by running with a heard of bulls in the streets. • The La Tomatina in Valencian is a famous tomato fight that involves the whole town. Started after a street brawl when thugs used tomatoes as weapons. Now an annual celebration.
Culture • The Spanish people still have a Siesta and eat late and stay up at night. • The stores take Siesta from 2pm till 5pm and the bars and restaurants Siesta from 4pm till 8 or 9 pm. • This allows the store owners to grab a late meal and a nap from the restaurants and then the restaurants get to take a late break. • Tapas is a Spanish word meaning “to cover”. They eat a dinner called Tapas. It’s a large spread of small servings like appetizers. It is meant to encourage conversation while eating. • Jamon iberico or pata negra is a cured pork dish of the Black Iberian Pig famous in Spain. It is a salted and dried pig that is fed olives and acorns. My dad ate this while in Europe and said it was really great.
Current Events • Recent financial crisis with troubled lender Bankia. Spain has to borrow money from European Union to bail out business. • This is similar to bank bailouts in the United States. • Spain did not want to bail out its banks. The United States called and lobbied the Spanish Government to take the bailout to prevent economic crisis.