Spain on world map
World map showing Spain. Spain on world map (Southern Europe - Europe) to print. Spain on world map (Southern Europe - Europe) to download. Conversely, it has been an important source of influence to other regions, chiefly during the modern era, when it became a global empire that has left a legacy of over 500 million Spanish speakers today, making it the world second most spoken first language as its shown in Spain on world map. The Spanish Empire was one of the largest empires in the history. Starting in the 16th century, Spanish colonization carried the language to Mexico, Central, Western, and Southern of South America, where it is spoken in the present day.
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Spain is a democracy organised in the form of a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy. It is a developed country with the twelfth largest economy in the world by nominal GDP, and very high living standards, including the tenth-highest quality of life index rating in the world, as of 2005 as its mentioned in Spain on world map. It is a member of the United Nations, European Union, NATO, OECD, and WTO.
Spain occupies 85% of the Iberian Peninsula, which it shares with Portugal, in southwest Europe as you can see in Spain on world map. Africa is less than 10 mi (16 km) south at the Strait of Gibraltar. A broad central plateau slopes to the south and east, crossed by a series of mountain ranges and river valleys. At 505,992 km2 (195,365 sq mi), Spain is the world 52nd-largest country. It is some 47,000 km2 (18,000 sq mi) smaller than France and 81,000 km2 (31,000 sq mi) larger than the U.S. state of California.
The Spanish administration has also promoted gender-based positive discrimination by approving gender equality legislation in 2007 aimed at providing equality between genders in Spanish political and economic life (Gender Equality Act). However, in the legislative branch, as of July 2010 only 128 of the 350 members of the Congress are women (36.3%). It places Spain 13th on a list of countries ranked by proportion of women in the lower house. In the Senate, the ratio is even lower, since there are only 79 women out of 263 (30.0%). The Gender Empowerment Measure of Spain in the United Nations Human Development Report is 0.794, 12th in the world as its shown in Spain on world map.