Interesting facts about Andorra

Andorra is one of the smallest states in the world. The area of ​​this country is only 468 square kilometers, and the population is about 80, 000 people.

The capital of the country Andorra la Vella is located at an altitude of 1, 029 meters at sea level and is the highest among all European capitals.

By law of 1864, lawyers are prohibited in Andorra. They were called black lawyers who can make black white. By the way, there are no prisons in Andorra either, the country is one of the safest in the world.

Once, agriculture was the main occupation of local residents. Now the main income comes from tourism and banking. The standard of living in Andorra is one of the highest in Europe.

Postal services in Andorra are free, possibly due to the small territory of the state.

There is no regular army in Andorra, only the police. Responsibility for the external security of this tiny country is borne by its neighbors - Spain and France.

Andorra does not have its own currency and has never had one; they use euros in payments. The Andorian diner is issued for collectors only in the form of gold, silver and bimetallic coins. Diner is sibdivided into 100 centimes.

In 1934, the Russian immigrant Boris Skosyrev declared himself Boris the First, the ruler of Andorra. However, his reign was short-lived. Soon four gendarmes arrived from Spain, Skosyrev was arrested and sent to a Spanish prison.

About 11 million tourists visit Andorra annually. This is about 140 times the number of the country's indigenous population.

The rhythm of life is unhurried here. For example, Andorra declared war on Germany during the First World War. This was remembered only in 1957, that is, after more than 40 years. Only then was the state of war officially ended.

The country does not have its own airport and railway. The nearest train stations and air terminals are in Spain and France.

On November 13, 1996, the Andorran national football team played their first official match, losing to Estonia with a score of 1: 6. However, there are not many professional players in the country. Currently, the national team is played by: the owner of a construction company, an insurance agent, a housing and communal services worker and representatives of other professions that are very far from football.

In the town of Escaldes-Engordany, a museum of Russian nesting dolls has been opened. It contains about 300 exhibits. The cinema hall of the museum shows films about the history and the process of making these wooden dolls.