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Andorra is a tiny country found nestling on the border between Spain and France and has population of around 75,000 (UN Estimate 2007). The official name is the Principality of Andorra, or in Catalan, Principat d'Andorra. Andorra is divided into seven parishes: Andorra la Vella, Canillo, Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany, La Massana, Ordino and Sant Julià de Lòria. Pas de la Casa is in the parish of Encamp.
There are three main resorts which attract tourists for mountain holidays in Andorra. These are Arinsal, Soldeu, and Pas de la Casa. Soldeu and Pas de la Casa are part of the Grandvalira ski area, and Arinsal is part of the Vallnord ski area.
Catalan is the official language of Andorra, however Spanish and French are widely spoken, and English is usually understood. Andorra is the only country in the world where the only official language is Catalan and they are very proud of the herritage and traditions.
Euro is the currency in Andorra. It has always accepted both the currency of France and Spain and until the Euro was introduced, both the French Franc and the Spanish Peseta were used. Until quite recently Andorra wasn't actually in the Eurozone, but the Euro was still used as the currency, however after long negotiations, in 2014 Andorra officially joinned the monetary union and started to issue Andorran Euro coins.
You do not need a visa if you are travelling to Andorra from the UK or Ireland, however, you should make sure you have your passport with you and it is recommended that it is valid for at least six months after you travel. If you are looking for work in Andorra you will be required to apply for a work permit.
There are customs on entrances to Andorra from both Spain & France and all vehicles can be stopped and searched. As Andorra is not part of the European Union, the amounts of certain goods allowed out are restricted.