FACTS ABOUT BARCELONA
- Barcelona is the 2nd biggest city in Spain, and is constantly referred to as
“The most exciting and beautiful city in Europe to live in!”
- Catalunya covers a landmass of 32,114 km2 and has an official population of more than 7,5 million (data from 2012). Interesting to note is that it borders with France to the north, with Andorra acting a frontier between Spain and France
- The two main official languages spoken, are Spanish (Castillian) and Catalan. In the towns and villages outside of Barcelona city, mostly Catalan is spoken however.
- The population of Barcelona consists of more than 1,6 million inhabitants, and Barcelona Metropolitan area itself constitutes more than 5 million inhabitants.
- In January 2012, the foreign population was 282,178, which is 17,4% of the total population of Barcelona!
- In the year 2000, this percentage was only 3,5%! This goes to show how Barcelona has become increasingly popular amongst foreigners who relocate here.
- Which would you guess are the top 3 nationalities in terms of number of expats?
Surprisingly, according to data from January 2012, the rankings are as follows:
Pakistani, Italian, and Chinese. They are followed by expats from Brazil, France as well as most of the Latino countries such as Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.
- Barcelona has more than 4,5 km of amazing beaches to offer! The beaches found close to the city are however man-made, while the natural beaches can be found about 10 kilometers North or South of the city´s main beaches
- Barcelona is considered to be one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, with 180 km of bicycle lanes! So if you´re one of those people that prefer to explore the city on two wheels instead of four, be sure to bring your bike with you when relocating.
- If you prefer walking to cycling however, you will be glad to know that around 130 hectares of the city is devoted to pedestrian-zones.
- Considered one of the world´s leading Trade-Fair centers, visitors annually attend massive events such as : World Mobile Congress, Barcelona Meeting Point, International Logistics Exhibition, and many more.
- Some of the world´s most famous artists have lived in Barcelona: Picasso, Gaudi, Juan Miro and Salvador Dali. Their influences still remain strong in the city, with many of their more popular works still being exhibited in many galleries and museums.
- There are various places in Barcelona that have been declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Examples of these are: La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia, Hospital de Sant Pau, to name a few.
If you´re still not impressed, allow us to quote Woody Allen, who referred to Barcelona as:
“The BEST city in the world!”