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About Catalonia

Overview:
· Population larger than Denmark and Ireland.
· Surface area similar to that of Denmark and Belgium.
· GDP similar to that of Finland and Denmark and higher than that of Ireland.
· GDP per capita similar to that of Germany and higher than Portugal's.
· Exports similar to those of Finland and higher than Portugal's.
· Foreign direct Investment higher than Austria's and Estonia's.

Catalonia has a privileged geographic location
Strategically located in the North-east of the Iberian Peninsula, it connects Spain with the rest of Europe, with a broad transport network and communication hubs such as Barcelona, Tarragona and Girona airports and the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona.

Catalonia is a pioneer in industrial production
Catalonia is one of the most dynamic regions in Southern Europe and it is also the leading industrial region in Spain. Despite occupying only 6% of the Spanish territory and accounting for 16% of the country’s population, Catalonia is responsible for 24.9% of Spain's industrial GDP and 20% of its total GDP. Over recent decades, a considerable number of transformation industries have been founded. This type of industry was originally textile, but recently expanded to the motor, food, logistics, electronics and information technology industries, among others.

Catalonia is responsible for 21% of Spanish investment
Catalonia's R&D investment is 21% and it is responsible for 33.7% of the patents in Spain.

Catalonia is the leading export region in Spain
36% of Spanish export companies are based in the region of Catalonia and one fourth of the country's exports are Catalan. 

Catalonia is also the leading service providing region
Catalonia has developed a broad range of services in all sectors of the economy. This process has consolidated with Catalonia's new status as a centre of Design, R&D, conferences, sports events and international congresses, new technologies and business services with high added value.

Catalan architecture, art and cuisine
Catalonia is one of the most popular tourist destinations not only in Europe but in the world. It is a leading design region, with more than 50 centres in Catalonia, and is famous for its great architectural attractions, its passion for art and the gastronomic wealth of the region, with a broad range of traditional products. 



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