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  • You must have a valid passport in order to enter Spain and you may be asked to produce your passport by the police at any time to prove your identity.
  • No vaccinations are required to enter Spain or re-enter the United States and Canada.
  • Spain is four hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the USA and on the same time as Greenwich Mean Time.
  • Currency is the Euro. Major credit cards and travellersí cheques are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs offer the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining cash.
  • Electricity is 220 or 225 volts, 50 Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard.
  • Population : 45 million
  • Language is Spanish, of course, but English is widely understood. Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken in the respective provinces.
  • Spain is a monarchy, King Carlos and Queen Sofia the reigning monarchs.
  • The country is proudly Roman Catholic and one of the few countries which was virtually unaffected by the rise of Protestantism due to some very devout monarchs of the time.
  • Communications: the international code is +34. (0) 91 for Madrid, (0) 93 for Barcelona.
  • Many shops close between 2:00 and 4:00 pm when the Spanish shop owners have their lunch and siesta.
  • Smoking is banned in public places as is drinking alcohol in the streets of Madrid. If you do either, you will be issued with a hefty fine!
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