Surely you remember that famous Trivial Pursuit question. Name three European countries that start with the letter “A.” Most people get Austria right off and then someone shouts Albania, and then everyone stares at the board desperate to remember the third – is Armenia in Europe?
The answer is Andorra.
If this sounds remotely familiar, then keep reading; this is the blog you’ve been looking for since the 80’s.
Here are the basics you need to know about Andorra, which you will rhyme off as you reach for that last plastic wedge– victory is sweet.
Top 5 most frequently asked questions about Andorra
Where is it?
Andorra is located between South of France and Northeastern Spain. It’s 468 km2, consisting mostly of mountainous terrain. Population is 80,000.
What Language do they speak?
The official language is Catalan although French and Spanish are widely spoken. English is also used for commercial or financial purposes.
What Currency do you use?
Andorra doesn’t have it’s own currency, so it has adopted the Euro.
How can the country survive without taxes?
It is far beyond the purpose of this blog to explain the economic policies of Andorra but in a nutshell, Andorra has existed on tourism (fabulous ski resorts and duty-free shopping). Apparently 10 million tourists enter Andorra each year.
Now there is VAT set at 4% on all services purchased in the country (restaurants, hotels, lift tickets). There are some minor residential taxes and all imports are taxed upon entering Andorra.
There is no corporate tax and no income tax.
But do you have Social Security?
Yes. All workers and businesses in Andorra pay into a social system called CASS which provides universal healthcare and pension to all citizens, albeit at a lower rate than our neighboring countries. The system is world-class. If the hospital in Andorra can’t provide a specific healthcare need, you have direct access to the best hospitals in Toulouse and Barcelona covered under CASS.
There you have the top 5 questions I get asked the most about the 3rd European country to start with the letter”A.” What questions do you have about Andorra?