Andorra 2004

Andorra People

(Principat d’AndorraPrincipauté d’Andorre). Southern European state (468 km²). Capital: Andorra La Vella. Administrative division: districts (7). Population: 84,082 (2009 estimate). Language: Catalan (official), French, Spanish. Religion: Catholics 89.1%, other Christians 4.3%, Muslims 0.6%, Hindus 0.5%, non-religious / atheists 5%, others 0.5%. Monetary unit: euro (100 cents). Borders: France (N), Spain (S). Member of: Council of Europe, UN and OSCE.

Yearbook 2004

Andorra People

Andorra. Andorra made his debut as a participant in the Eurovision Song Contest, with a contribution in Catalan. According to CountryAAH, the total population in Andorra is 77,276 people in 2020. It gave no further dividend; the ranking was 32nd place. The better it went for the country’s football team, which accounted for a historic first win in a competition when it beat Macedonia by 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying match.

Culture and Traditions

From a historical and cultural point of view, the peculiarities of the country are rather limited. In the various villages there are Romanesque churches, which have a similar appearance to the contemporary type buildings that arise in the Spanish Pyrenees. Characteristic are the turreted bell towers and stone arcades, often added at a later date. For the rest, the buildings and stone paths are the main distinguishing features of the best preserved villages. Catalan, the official language of Andorra, is a Romance language born from the mixture of Provençal, Castilian and French. As far as traditions are concerned, the Andorran people preserve the rigid ceremonials connected with the rites of weddings and births. Typically each village has its own festival, usually celebrated in the period between July and September, contrapas, the bal pla, the ballett de muntanya, accompanied by drums, bagpipes, croissants and fifes). In the religious field, the feast of the Virgin Mary, celebrated on 8 September, is of great importance. Village notables wear traditional costumes for ceremonies. § The cuisine is of Catalan derivation. Local dishes are roasts, especially lamb and rabbit and escudella, a mix of different types of meat (sausage, chicken and meatballs), cooked in the oven. The side dishes are based on cabbage and potatoes.