Andorra

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ANDORRA is a tiny state situated high in the eastern Pyrenees between France and Spain. The state consists of deep valleys and high mountain peaks, which reach heights of 3,000 meters or 9,843 feet. However, only 20 kilometers or 12 miles wide and 30 kilometers or 19 miles long, the country’s spectacular scenery and the climate attract many tourists.

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About 10 million visitors arrive each year, during the cold weather when heavy snowfalls make for ideal skiing or in summer when the weather is mild and sunny, and the mountains are often used for walking. Tourism and duty-free trade are now Andorra’s chief sources of income. Andorrans, who are not involved in the tourist industry, may raise sheep and cattle on the high pastures.

Although Andorra has no airport or railroad, there is a good road system. The average life expectancy from birth is 95 for women, 86 for men, and 91 years overall. In 1993, an Andorran government was elected and had its own Parliament after 715 years of being ruled by France’s leader and the Spanish Bishop of Urgel.

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Andorra’s terrain (land) is rough and mountainous. Surrounding the mountain peaks, which often rise higher than 2,900 meters (9,500 feet), there are many narrow gorges and valleys. There is very little level ground. All the valleys are at least 900 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level, and the mean (midpoint between highest and lowest) elevation is over 1,800 meters (6,000 feet). Andorra is a landlocked nation.

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