A DAY IN SPAIN
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Since the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975, Spain went through a period of modernisation and economic growth that was unequaled in Europe. But after the 2008 real estate and financial crash and its consequences, the country experienced an economic, social and institutional crisis that undermined the political regime of the country and the national consensus.
The recent Catalan crisis underlines how much Spain has to come to a compromise with its 17 autonomous regions with different degrees of sovereignty and fiscal agreements. These particularities reflect the geographical and cultural diversity of the territory, a reality that has shaped its natural and rural landscapes as well as its urban structure.
Known mainly for its Mediterranean climate, Spain is also a country of highlands with a continental climate, desert areas and also the Atlantic coast with its oceanic climate.
The impact of these disparities is reflected in the disparities in the concentration of population and wealth between the regions, with congested urban capitals, over-stretched coastal areas and less densely populated areas such as Galicia, Asturias, Castile and Leon or Extremadura.
This unequal distribution of the population is accompanied by a great cultural and historical diversity: some have settled in ancient times (gypsies, Andalusians) and others have just arrived with the huge migratory wave that accompanied the economic boom of the beginning of new millennium.
When observing Spain from above, we follow this movement of unification and territorial convergence, which accelerated with the entry of the country into the European Union in 1986.
There will also be a 5 x 26' history series : "Spain, History Seen From Above.