Spain Passport Ranking
The Spanish passport currently ranks on the 4th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 186 countries. It is considered one of the most desirable passports in the world with a very high mobility score. Spanish passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and United States. This allows almost instant travel worldwide. Spanish passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 43 destinations in the world. Some countries were a visa is required are China, India and Russia.
The Kingdom of Spain consists 17 autonomous regions and is part of the European Union. The nation’s neighboring countries are France, Andorra and Portugal. The country has a surface area of 505,990 square kilometers. This makes it the 4th largest country in Europe. Spain’s terrain is mostly flat plains surrounded by rugged hill with the Pyrenees mountains in the north. Its climate is generally temperate in the interior and moderate alongside the coast.
The overall population is over 47.3 million people. The capital of the country is Madrid, which is also the most populous city with 3.2 million inhabitants, followed by Barcelona, Valencia and Seville. The largest airport is Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) with an average of 61 million passengers per year. MAD airport is the 6th busiest airport in Europe and provides access to all parts of the world. It is named after the first Prime Minister of Spain: Adolfo Suarez.
Spanish culture is rich of Roman and Catholic history. That is also why, the Roman Catholic religion is the main religion. The official languages in the country are Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque and Aranese. The legal system is the civil law. The government type is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. The chief of state is currently King Felipe VI and the head of government is President Pedro Sanchez Perez Castejon.
The official currency of the country is the Euro (EUR) with the current exchange rate being EUR 0.84 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $2 trillion, making it the 7th largest economy in Europe. Its citizens have a per capita income of $38,143. The GDP is mostly made up of services and the industry sector. Its main goods of export are: textiles, metals, chemicals, ships, automobiles, grain, vegetables and wine. Tourism is also an extremely important GDP contributor.
Spain is filled with a variety of urban, cultural and natural tourism destinations and attractions. It is especially known for its rich culture and beautiful historic cities, attracting tourists during winter and summer. Spain has a total 48 UNESCO world heritage sites scattered around the country. Some of the major destinations include the Alhambra, Generalife Gardens, the Sagrada Familia, the Guggenheim Museum, the Seville Cathedral and the Costa del Sol. The nation has a total of approximately 75 million tourists visiting every year. The majority of tourists are originating from the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy.