Andorra

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Andorra is a country in the Pyrenees Mountains. It is land-locked, being bordered on the north by France and on the south by Spain. It is not a member of the European Union.

The country is very mountainous and over a third of its area is forest. The climate is similar to areas in the Alps, with warm summers and snowy winters.

History[edit]

The area was ruled by the Moors until 803, when it was conquered by Charlemagne. Under a treaty of 1278, it has two jount rulers, the King (now President) of France and the Bishop of Urgel. Since 1993, it has had a democratic elected parliament and self-government; the rulers' powers are now confined to relations with France and Spain.

Economy[edit]

About 80% of GDP is due to tourism, especially skiing, which benefits from the mountainous terrain. Other industries include banking, tobacco, forestry, furniture making and sheep farming.