A SNOW COUNTRY
A welcoming country
The Principality of Andorra is part of a list of small European states, among which are also found San Marino, Monaco, and Liechtenstein. With a total area of 468 km2, it is a unique enclave in the heart of the Pyrenees that has 1.5% of its total area urbanized, and where some 78,000 people live.
The first documents that mention Andorra date from the year 843. In 1991, a trade agreement was reached with the European Economic Community, and it was not until 1993 that the Constitution of the Principality and its accession to the UN were approved by referendum.
The Principality is governed as a Parliamentary Co-Principality. Currently, the Episcopal Co-Prince is the Bishop of Urgell, His Excellency Monsignor Joan-Enric Vives, and the French Co-Prince is the President of the French Republic, in this case, His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Macron. The executive body that governs the country, the Government, is in turn headed by the figure of the Head of Government. This position is elected by the General Council and appointed by the Co-Princes, and is renewed every four years. The country is administratively divided into seven regions, called parishes, each of them represented by a local administration, known as the Comú.
Andorra has an average altitude of 1,996 m above sea level, with the Comapedrosa peak as the highest point in the Principality, at 2,942 m, and its lowest point at 840 m above sea level.
This small state is currently a benchmark in terms of socioeconomic dynamism due to the stability of its political and institutional system. Tourism and trade represent the main activities of the Andorran economy. With approximately 8 million annual visitors from different markets, it is a country open to the world.
In the winter season, the snowfields are the country’s main attraction, with more than 300 km of pistes and a multitude of services that make up an exclusive offer for visitors from all over the world, who are attracted by the mountains of the Principality. With more than 2.4 million ski days sold, the snowfields have positioned the country in recent years as an international benchmark in the world of skiing, and in various competitions of the highest level.
Andorra, a snow country.