Living in Andorra
Where is Andorra?
The Principality is located between Spain and France and has a size of 468 km2. There are 77.546 Andorran inhabitants and it is an independent country that is not a part of the European Union or the European Economic Area but, nevertheless, is a signatory party to bilateral and multilateral international agreements in such diverse matters as defence of human rights, the exchange of banking information, social security and taxation, among others.
Andorra, despite being one of the oldest sovereign countries, with more than 700 years of uninterrupted history, has never had an army or experienced a war on its territory. It is a historically neutral country (the only one on the planet), and also welcoming, where citizens of more than 100 nationalities coexist peacefully.
The capital of Andorra is Andorra la Vella and, with a height of 1,022 meters above sea level, is the highest capital in Europe. In addition, it is the most populated urban center of the Pyrenees.
The official language is Catalan, and although the most spoken language is Spanish, also French, English and Portuguese are also spoken.
Andorra’s form of government is the parliamentary co-Principality, formed by the Bishop of La Seu d’Urgell and the President of the French Republic, as well as the Andorran Head of Government.
How is life in Andorra?
Andorra enjoys a high quality of life and is at the top of the list of healthiest and with the best healthcare systems in the world.
Its optimum air quality 91% of the time, its 2.000 annual hours of sunshine and the fact that more than 90% of the territory are mountains, forests, rivers and lakes, contribute to the fact that Andorra is currently the fifth country with the highest life expectancy on the planet (ranking in which some years Andorra holds the second position).
Additionally, it is a highly secure country that has the lowest crime rates on the planet.
That is why the Principality is one of the best countries to live in and is home to internationally renowned artists, YouTubers and professionals. In addition, more and more elite athletes choose Andorra to reside due to the advantages that it offers for training in altitude and the quality of its sports facilities.
What are the characteristics of Andorra?
Andorra is characterized by an economy focused on the services sector (tourism and trade), the financial sector and the general business sector.
Every year it receives eight million visitors, mainly attracted by shopping and mountain sports (more than many internationally renowned European capitals). The shops in Andorra are closed only 4 days a year and the ski resorts offer 300 km of slopes with excellent snow quality throughout the season thanks to the latest artificial snow production technology.
In summer, there are predominantly outdoor activities such as mountaineering, hiking and cycling.
Throughout the year, the country hosts numerous top-level sports events, having hosted for example the Alpine Ski World Cup or the Mountain Bike World Cup.
The nominal GDP per capita is EUR 35.995 (above the EU average) and the unemployment rate is almost non-existent (structural unemployment of 1.9%). Andorra’s minimum wage stands at EUR 1.033 and the average salary is EUR 2.111.91.
What are the benefits of living in Andorra?
Andorra is a very attractive country due to its low taxation, its political and judicial stability and its quality of life.
The cost of electricity is the second cheapest in Europe and 94.5% of homes have Internet access through fiber optics generating a speed of more than 3000 Mbps.
There is a wide range of high quality real estate properties in Andorra.
Andorra’s education system offers three free models: Andorran, French and Spanish. There is also the option of studying the international baccalaureate and the private educational offer is also very varied.
This is the best country to start a business with unique strategic advantages in the world. Its geographical positioning, its differential taxation approved and its environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle, make Andorra a real option for new international investments.