Country profile: Andorra
Healthcare in Andorra
The Andorran health and social security system is very similar to the French system. The General Council (the parliament), the Ministry of Health and Welfare (Ministeri de Salut i Benestar), the Social Security Office (CASS or Caixa Andorrana de Seguretat Social) and the National Health Service (SAAS or Servei Andorrà d’Atenció Sanitària) govern healthcare in Andorra.
Almost hidden on the border between France and Spain the tiny principality of Andorra is a land of narrow valleys and mountainous landscapes.
The mainstay of the economy is tourism.
An estimated 10 million people visit each year drawn by the winter sports summer climate and duty-free goods.
The banking sector also enjoys a tax-haven status.
For more than 700 years Andorra has been ruled jointly by the leader of France and the Spanish Bishop of Urgel.
The first Andorran Constitution was passed in 1993 establishing a parliamentary co-principality.
The co-princes remain Andorra's heads of state but the roles are largely honorary.
To understand the parish's historical, economic and cultural development, there are four routes for visitors to follow around the urban area: the Engordany trail, the water route, the churches route and the trail round the historic centre
- Full name: The Principality of Andorra
- Population: 82000 (UN 2009)
- Capital: Andorra la Vella
- Major languages: Catalan Spanish French
- Major religion: Christianity
- Life expectancy: 81 years (men) 87 years (women)
- Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents
- Main exports: Leather goods
- GNI per capita: n/a
- Internet domain: .ad
- International dialling code: +376
Co-heads of state: Joan Enric Vives i Sicilia Bishop of Urgel Spain and Nicolas Sarkozy of France
Prime minister: Jaume Bartumeu Cassany
Jaume Bartumeu Cassany was sworn in as the head of government on 5 June 2009. He is a founding member of the Social Democratic Party (PS) and previously served on the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. He has worked as a lawyer since 1982.
The Social Democratic Party (PS) won parliamentary elections in April 2009 with 14 out of the total of 28 seats in the General Council.
President : Jaume Bartumeu Cassany
The Andorran media scene has been partly shaped by the country's proximity to France and Spain.
Andorrans have access to broadcasts from both countries and for many years Andorra was home to Sud Radio a powerful radio station broadcasting to southwest France.
The constitution provides for freedom of speech and of the press.
- TVA - public operated by Radio i Televisio d'Andorra
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