The ABC's of Spain's Culture

Created by: Revant Ranjan and Sritej Veeramachaneni

A is for Art

There are many forms of Art that are considered beautiful in Spain...

  • Modern Arts
  • Renaissance Arts
  • Latin Music
  • Latin Influenced Home-Crafts

B is for Buildings

The architecture of Spain is globally unique...

  • Churches are common structures found in Spain.
  • Many statues that decorate buildings depict angels and other Christian figures.
  • Most houses in urban areas are built vertically and expand upwards.
  • Stone is the most common building material.

C is for Communication

Most Spaniards are using modern forms of communication in order to share information with one another.

Some of the many forms of current communication in Spain include...

  • iPhones
  • Emails
  • Internet

D is for Dress

People in Spain are able to closely follow popular European clothing trends. Popular articles of clothing from other European countries have diffused throughout Spain. One thing that is unique about some Spanish people is their high level of interest in the sport of fútbol (soccer). This has also caused soccer "jerseys" to be common articles of clothing, that are seen being worn by people in Spain.

E is for Economy

  • Spain's currency is the Euro.
  • Seaside Ports and its location in Europe connect this country to other European nations, improving commerce.
  • Spain is able to compete in the global market and has a relatively stable economic status.

F is for Family

  • The Average Family Size in Spain is around 4 people per family.
  • Dogs are the most commonly kept pets in Spain.
  • Males (Fathers) are the controlling figures generally seen in each family.

G is for Government

  • The Current King of Spain is Juan Carlos I
  • The Current Spanish President is Mariano Rajoy Brey
  • Spain is a Constitutional Monarchy
  • The Spanish Government is defined by the Constitution of Spain

H is for History

  • The Reconquista (700s to 1200s) was a long period of war between the Spanish and a group of people known as the Moores, hundreds of years ago. It was important because it shaped the culture of Spain, and many warlike aspects were integrated into their traditional culture after such a long period of fighting.
  • The Spanish colonization of the Americas was also an important event, in which Spain sent Christopher Columbus to colonize America in 1492.

I is for Icons

Some of the most popular brand names in Spain include...

  • Santander (Spanish Banking Group)
  • Movistar (Mobile Phone Company)
  • Zara (Clothing Line)

J is for Jobs

In order of popularity, the most prevalent occupations in Spain are as follows...

  • Jobs in the Tourism Industry
  • Jobs in Construction
  • Jobs in Education
  • Jobs in Commercial Offices
  • Jobs in Sports Leagues

K is for Knowledge

Before discussing the types of schools available in Spain it is worth noting that there are great similarities between the Spanish education system and the UK education system. Over 90% of children under the age of six will attend nursery school before they move to the primary school and over 50% of Spanish students will remain in full-time education up until the age of 18. A further 30% will then move on to university or some kind of work experience training facility.

L is for Language

The Spanish language spoken in Spain is largely the same as that spoken in Latin America. The main difference is accent, although there are some differences of vocabulary and grammar usage.

M is for Migration and Movement

People get around in Spain by public transportation such as taxi, cars, or busses. They also usually move because they want to explore.

N is for National Pride

The people of Spain have a lot of pride in their country. They are all interested in soccer and that is what defines the country. When Spain won the World Cup, the pride of the country surged.

Spain Flag

  • Flag colors: red and yellow
  • Description: The curent version of the flag of Spain was adopted on October 5, 1981 and it has the proportion 2:3.

The spanish flag has three horizontal stripes: red, yellow and red. In the middle of the yellow band there is the coat of arms of Spain. Other variants of the Spanish flag has the coat of arms, and includes the royal seal framed by the Pillars of Hercules. An ornate red and golden crown sits atop the shield.

The meaning of the two colours of the flag of Spain could be:

  • Yellow: symbol of generosity
  • Red: hardiness, bravery, and strength

O is for Organizations

Spain has a multi-party system at both the national and regional level. Nationally there are two dominant political parties, (the left-leaning PSOE and right-wing PP) which make it extremely difficult for any other formation or coalition to achieve an electoral majority in the bicameral Cortes Generales (consisting of both the national Congress of Deputies and regional representation in the Senate). Regional parties can be strong in autonomous communities like Catalonia and the Basque Country and are often essential for national government coalitions.

P is for Population

The population of Spain this year is 47,042,984 and rising. There is a composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types of ethnicity. There are mostly children, and younger adolescents that comprise the bulk of these individuals.

Q is for Quality of Life

  • Life expectancy at birth
  • Total population: 81.27 years
  • Male: 78.26 years
  • Female: 84.47 years (2012 est.)

There are many doctors in Spain, this improves the quality of life in Spain.

R is for Religion

The main religion in Spain is Christianity, and many people are Catholics. They usually celebrate the same holidays and festivals as Mexico. The Christian Religion is an integral aspect of Spanish Culture.

S is for Status

To get status in Spain, one most have a good economical foundation as well as a social one. Bloodlines and relations with other individuals are major factors that contribute to one's status in Spain. Members of the Royal Family, for example, have higher social and economic statuses than the Spanish commoners.

T is for Taboos

Spain has a lot of laws affecting many areas of life and ranges from property, taxation, employment, marriage and driving among others. For travelers, among the most important laws are the drinking and sexual consent ages which are sixteen and thirteen years respectively.