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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Andorra

With its 84,525 people Andorra is the 196th largest country in the world by population. It is the 194th largest country by area with 468 square kilometers. For 715 years, from 1278 to 1993, Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality, ruled by French and Spanish leaders (from 1607 onward, the French chief of state and the Spanish bishop of Seu d'Urgell). In 1993, this feudal system was modified with the titular heads of state retained, but the government transformed into a parliamentary democracy. For decades Andorra enjoyed its status as a small refuge of fiscal and banking freedom and benefitted from Spanish and French tourists attracted to the country's duty-free shopping. The situation has changed in recent years as Andorra started to tax foreign investment and other sectors. Tourism accounts for over 80% of Andorra's gross domestic product.



If Andorra were your home instead of The United States you would...



have 37.46% less chance of dying in infancy

spend 55.65% less money on health care

have 27.48% less babies

have 24.73% more chance at being employed

live 4.12 years longer

make 3.23% less money



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