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General Information about Spain

Area: 504,782 sq km (194,897 sq miles).

Population: 39,143,394 (1994).

Population Density: 77.5 per sq km.

Capital: Madrid. Population: 3,010,492 (1995).

Language: Spanish (Castilian), Catalan, Galician and Basque.

Religion: Roman Catholic majority.

Time: Mainland Spain/Balearics: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in September).
The Canary Islands: GMT (GMT + 1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in September).

Electricity: 220 volts AC (110/125 volts in some older buildings), 50Hz. Generally, round 2-pin plugs and screw-type lamp fittings are in use.

Climate: Spain's climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. The best months are from April to October, although mid-summer (July to August) can be excessively hot throughout the country except the coastal regions. Madrid is best in late spring or autumn. The central plateau can be bitterly cold in winter.
Required clothing: Light- to medium-weights and rainwear, according to the season.

Currency: (EURO)

Banking hours: 0900-1400 Monday to Friday, 0900-1300 Saturday (except during the summer).

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