Spain- Jesse Paintne

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the flag is made of 3 lines 2 red and 1 yellow with the coat of arms on the hoist side of the yellow band the coat of arms includes the royal seal framed by the pillars of hercules, which are the two promontories (Gilbraltar and Ceuta) on either side of the eastern end of the strait of gilbraltar.

Key Cities In Spain

external image brown-bullet.gif Bilbao
external image brown-bullet.gif Cordoba
external image brown-bullet.gif Granada
external image brown-bullet.gif Madrid
external image brown-bullet.gif Salamanca
external image brown-bullet.gif Sevilla
external image brown-bullet.gif Valencia
external image brown-bullet.gif Zaragoza
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Geographic Features
Mountains and Otras Cosas
Portugal, Andorra, and France border spain

Absolute Location
Is around these three cities

Madrid: (capital city) 40º 25' N, 03º 43' W
Barcelona: 41º 25' N, 02º 10' E
Seville: 37º 24' N, 05º 59' W

Population of Spain
The total poplulation of spain on april 5th 2010 is approximately 45,524,636.
The population Density of Spain is about 236 persons per square mile.

Physical Features

Social Structure -
There were basically four classes of people. At the top of the food chain were espanoles. These were people of 'pure Spanish blood'--which was a mixture of native Iberian, Celtic, Goth, Visigoth, Teuton, North African Arab, Moor, and a few others--who were born in Spain. Just below them were the 'creoles.' These were people of 'pure Spanish blood' who were born in the Americas. Then there were the Mestizos. Below them were the Indians--pure native Americans whom the Conquistadors regarded, essentially, as vermin to be exterminated if possible, or enslaved if there were too many to kill.
Family Patterens - Agricultural Age:Extended family: several generations living and working together on the land.

Industrial Age:

Nuclear family: father working, mother at home not working, and approximately two children--for middle and upper classes in developed West. Also nuclear family in lower class West and socialist countries--except that women worked.

Information Age:

Multiple family patterns: no one model everyone must follow to be socially accepted. Examples include: married couples with or without children; unmarried couples living together; single parents; divorced parents with children who remarry, making children part of different households; single-person households; people living in groups; gay and lesbian couples; etc.

Social Classes - king charles viceray peninsulars creoles mestizos native americans
Holidays -

January 1 New Years
January 6 Three Kings Day
April 2 Good Friday
April 4 Easter Sunday
May 1 Worker's Day
August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
October 12 Spanish National Festival
November 1 All Saints Day
December 6 Constitution Day
December 8 The Immaculate Conception
December 25 Christmas

Traditions - Religious Traditions Spain Although many different religions have had their influence on the Spanish people we find that many of the traditions have disappeared and only the Christianity influenced traditions are to be seen being practiced. Amongst those is the feast of the patron saints. Although this is not a religious event it is practiced very religiously. The idea is based around the assumption that every town, neighborhood, and profession has their Guru’s and they are to be celebrated in full fervor. Spain Christmas Traditions Although Christmas it self was not an original part of Christianity it has become the most celebrated event for Christians throughout the world. In Spain however you will find certain unique traditions regarding the events at Christmas that are solely the innovation of the Spanish. The bonfire known as the ‘Hogueras’ in Spanish is an event that is now to be identified with Christmas celebrations. The event that involves the jumping of men over each other to symbolize the victory over illness was originally an event celebrating the shortest day of winter; the winter solstice. Another tradition that is pretty much particular to Spanish tradition is the Palm Sunday. This is also an innovation into Christianity in which children carry palm leaves to the Church in order to be blessed by the priests. Spain Easter Traditions Ash Wednesday the people put ashes on their forehead to symbolically represent patience and the fact that we have all been created out of dust and into dust is our return. This event is celebrated on the first day of the season of Lent. Lent is yet another tradition that involves fasting for a certain period of time to develop patience and this event serves as a prelude to Easter. Apart from these peculiar traditions life in Spain has been influenced by the works of some very famous artists the likes of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

Sports -

  • Soccer (football) ,Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Bullfighting is a fairly popular spectator sport, but very few people participate in it.

Clothing -

Clothing and dress choice is very important in Spain. While western style of dress is very popular, scantly worn dresses are heavily frowned on in small villages in rural Spain. Also small skirts, swim wear or open dresses are frowned upon in churches. It is the fastest way to label yourself a tourist.

Language -
Mostly Spanish, but with a noticeably different accent and vocabulary than Spanish in Latin America.

Movies - barcelona was filmed in spain

Literature/ Books/ Stories -

Ethnic Background
Religious Background