Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía ( Spanish )
|Area :||87,268 km²|
|Residents :||8,414,240 (January 1, 2019)|
|Population density :||96.4 inhabitants / km²|
|Expansion:||North – South: approx. 251 km
West – East: approx. 535 km
|ISO 3166-2 :||IT ON|
|Anthem :||Himno de Andalucía|
|Politics and administration|
|Autonomy since:||January 11, 1982|
|President :||Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla ( PP )|
|Representation in the
Cortes Generales :
Congress : 62 seats
Senate : 8 seats
|Structure :||8 provinces|
Andalusia ( Spanish: Andalucía [ andaluˈθi.a ]) is the southernmost of the 17 autonomous communities in Spain that lies on mainland Europe. Andalusia borders on Castile-La Mancha and Extremadura in the north, Murcia in the east, the Mediterranean Sea , the British overseas territory Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean in the south, and Portugal in the west . The capital of Andalusia is Seville .
With around 8.44 million inhabitants, Andalusia is the most populous autonomous community in Spain and the second largest in terms of area with 87,268 km².
The most important natural areas of Andalusia are the southern slope of the Sierra Morena , the Guadalquivir basin and the Betic Cordillera , to which the Sierra Nevada belongs. The Campo de Gibraltar, with the Rock of Gibraltar, forms the southernmost part of mainland Europe. In Tarifa , the southernmost city, Europe and Africa are only 14 kilometers apart, separated by the Strait of Gibraltar .
Andalusia was often contested in the past. There were therefore diverse cultural influences, such as the Arabs or the Romans.
The region is also known for its music, flamenco .
Andalusia is divided into eight provinces with 691 municipalities.
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The most densely populated are the Guadalquivir valley and the coastal strip south of the Sierra Nevada.
origin of the name
The Moors invading at the beginning of the 8th century used the name al-Andalus (الأندلس). This gave rise to the name Andalusia , in Spanish Andalucía . There are various interpretations of its origin. The only thing that is certain is that the name al-Andalus appears for the first time on a bilingual coin in 715/717 as a designation for the entire Moorish domain on the Iberian peninsula .
A popular legend , often attributed to the orientalist Reinhart Dozy , but attested long before the 19th century, which is hardly represented by historians today, traces the Arabic Al-Andalus back to the name of the vandals who were killed in the course of the migration in the 5th century Century made a stopover in the south of the Iberian Peninsula and founded a state there with the original name Vandalusien .
The Spanish historian Joaquín Vallvé attributes the name of Andalusia to an Arabization of the name Atlantis .
Al-Andalus derives a theory by the Arabist Heinz Halm from the 1980s from * landa-hlauts , the name that the Visigoths of the former Roman province (Hispania) are said to have given Baetica - “the land distributed by lot”. As evidence, Halm cites the official Latin name of Visigoth Spain: Gothica Sors , which can be roughly translated as “Gotenlos”, “Lot of the Goths”, which he in turn translates back into Gothic with * landa-hlauts . After conquering Spain, the Moors made al-Andalus out of it in the form of phonetic sound imitation .
A more detailed investigation from 2002 makes it seem plausible that Andaluz 'is the original Old Iberian , and thus still pre-Roman name of today's island Isla de Tarifa on the Strait of Gibraltar , and thus at the extreme southern tip of Spain, because the initial syllable And - as well as the final syllable -uz are extremely common in pre-Roman-Iberian place names. Two to three hundred years after the Moorish conquest of Spain, an Arab source reports for the first time from the island of al-Andalus , which since the conquest of Spain and the city of Tarifa has been named by Tariq ibn Ziyad , their conqueror from 711. According to this theory, its Arabic name would initially have been Ğazīrat al-Andalus "(half) island of Andalus", which then, as the Arabic source continues, as pars pro toto with the conquest of the Iberian mainland (beginning one year later) extended entire Arab rule in Hispania .
The language spoken is Andalusian , a Spanish dialect that is phonetically very different from the standard variety of Spanish. The dialect is also unusual for Spaniards from other regions. It is a dialect that, according to the controversial Andalucismo thesis , is said to have strongly influenced the colloquial language of Latin America . Andalusian, in Spanish andaluz , is characterized by swallowing or aspirating the letters "s" or "d" in the middle or at the end of a word. The diminutive -illo / a at the end of a name instead of the usual -ito / a is often heard. In general, the diminutive is used much more often than in the rest of Spain.
The ancient Kingdom of Tartessos existed in the western part of Andalusia in the first half of the first millennium BC . Since the beginning of the 9th century BC at the latest The Phoenicians sailed to the Andalusian coast, also beyond the Strait of Gibraltar , and traded with the local population. Many Phoenician finds from around 900 BC. BC in Huelva indicate that it could have been an early Phoenician Emporion . After the Phoenician activities were apparently limited to trade and the establishment of trading establishments in local coastal settlements, they were founded in the 8th century BC. Chr. Own settlements. An early Phoenician colony was Gades ( Gadir ), today's Cádiz, which later became the most important Phoenician or Carthaginian city of Andalusia. Until the outbreak of the first Punic War in 264 BC BC Carthage gradually conquered all of Andalusia, but lost control of most of the areas again after the outbreak of war. Between the first and second Punic wars , it brought all of Andalusia under its control again at the instigation of the Barkids until it was finally conquered by the Romans towards the end of the second Punic war .
Today's Andalusia initially belonged to Hispania ulterior , is largely congruent in its area with the Roman province of Baetica established by Augustus , named after the great river Baetis (also: Betis ), the Arab later his name Guadalquivir (Arabic (al -) Wad al-kabir , 'great river') gave. The Baetica reached in the north into today's Extremadura , with the Guadiana as a boundary to the Lusitania , whereas the extreme east of Andalusia initially belonged to Hispania citerior , after Augustus to Tarraconensis and after its division to Carthaginiensis .
During the time of Roman rule in Hispania, the Andalusians quickly learned the Latin language and got along quite well with the Roman legionaries . The troops stationed in Hispania preferred to winter in this warmest part of the Iberian Peninsula . In the fertile plain of the Guadalquivir, numerous Roman settlements were finally founded, from which large cities based on the Roman model later developed. In this way, Andalusia became an urban region, and many of the inhabitants of this area even received Roman citizenship. In addition, the Romans set up shipping routes over rivers and sea ports and built and fortified national road connections to bring vegetables and fruit from here to Italy and other provinces . Also the Christianity took root here in the 4th century.
In late antiquity , when the Western Roman Empire showed signs of disintegration, Vandals and other Germanic tribes invaded Hispania at the beginning of the 5th century . After the middle of the 5th century, the Visigoths conquered Hispania and founded their own empire with the capital Toledo . In the 6th century, parts of Andalusia were occupied by the Eastern Romans, who, however, had to withdraw at the beginning of the 7th century. In 711, the Moors crossed the strait and within a few years conquered most of the Visigothic Empire (see also Al-Andalus , History of Spain , Islamic Expansion ).
Of all the Spanish regions, Andalusia was the longest under Islamic rule. This reached its heyday under the Emirate of Cordoba , the Caliphate of Cordoba and the Nasrids in the Emirate of Granada . The influences of the Muslims can be seen above all in the architecture: the most important examples are the Alhambra in Granada , the Mezquita in Córdoba and the Giralda in Seville . The rule of the Moors in Spain was ended by the Reconquista in Granada in 1492 (see also: History of Spain ).
The economic heyday was reached in the 19th century, for example with the Altos Hornos de Marbella .
Until 1995 the cities of Ceuta (until then part of the province of Cádiz ) and Melilla (until then part of the province of Málaga ) belonged to Andalusia. Since then, however, they have had their own autonomous statute.
houses of Parliament
Since the Statute of Autonomy came into force in 1982, eleven elections to the Andalusian regional parliament have taken place. By 2008, the social democratic PSOE was the strongest party in all elections, with five times the absolute majority in the 109-member chamber. In 2012, the conservative PP became the strongest force for the first time. The only regional party of any importance is the left-wing Partido Andalucista (PA), which was represented in parliament from the 1st to the VIIth legislature, but failed to enter the chamber for the first time in the elections in 2008. Since then, the party has not played a major role in Andalusia.
In the early elections in 2015, the PSOE was again the strongest force, but again failed to gain an absolute majority. For the first time, the two protest parties Podemos and Ciudadanos made it into the Andalusian parliament. After the 2018 election , there was the first government without the participation of the PSOE. Both these and the PP recorded significant losses , but right-wing populist Vox , who entered parliament for the first time with 11 percent, supports a minority government made up of the PP and Ciudadanos.
The results in detail:
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From 1982 to 2019 all Prime Ministers ( Presidente de la Junta ) came from the ranks of the PSOE, whereby there was a coalition with the PA from 1996 to 2004 and a coalition with the IU from 2012 to 2015, and it ruled alone in the remaining legislative periods.
|Legislature||Period||Prime Minister||Political party||Remarks|
|I.||1982-1984||Rafael Escuredo Rodríguez||PSOE|
|1984-1986||José Rodríguez de la Borbolla||PSOE|
|II||1986-1990||José Rodríguez de la Borbolla||PSOE|
|III||1990-1994||Manuel Chaves González||PSOE|
|IV||1994-1996||Manuel Chaves González||PSOE||Minority government|
|V||1996-2000||Manuel Chaves González||PSOE||PSOE / PA coalition|
|VI||2000-2004||Manuel Chaves González||PSOE||PSOE / PA coalition|
|VII||2004-2008||Manuel Chaves González||PSOE|
|VIII||2008-2009||Manuel Chaves González||PSOE|
|2009–2012||José Antonio Griñán Martínez||PSOE|
|IX||2012-2013||José Antonio Griñán Martínez||PSOE||Coalition PSOE / IU|
|2013-2015||Susana Díaz Pacheco||PSOE|
|X||2015-2019||Susana Díaz Pacheco||PSOE|
|XI||2019–||Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla||PP||PP / Ciudadanos|
coat of arms
The coat of arms of Andalusia shows the figure of the young Heracles between the two pillars of Heracles, which according to tradition form the Strait of Gibraltar. At his feet he bears an inscription that reads: "Andalucía por sí, para España y la Humanidad" (German: "Andalusia for itself, for Spain and humanity"). Both columns are closed with an arch on which is written: "Dominator Hercules Fundator" (Eng. "Ruler Hercules the Founder").
In comparison with the gross domestic product of the European Union expressed in purchasing power standards , Andalusia achieved an index of 66 in 2015 (EU-27: 100). Overall, a gross domestic product of 143.8 billion euros was generated. Some branches of the economy, in particular agriculture and construction (upgrading roads and other investments in the transport network) are highly subsidized. In three decades (Spain joined the EU in 1986), more than 85 billion euros in subsidies and transfers from the EU and the Spanish state flowed into Andalusia.
With a value of 0.853, Andalusia ranks 14th among the 17 autonomous communities in Spain in the Human Development Index .
The unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2013 was 36.8 percent. In 2017 the unemployment rate was 25.5%.
Agriculture, ranching, hunting and forestry
The society of Andalusia has been mainly agrarian for generations. 45.64 percent of the territory of Andalusia is used for agriculture.
The cultures of the dry land shape the landscape for large parts of the country: Grains and sunflowers are grown particularly in the large arable lands of the Guadalquivir valley and in the plateaus of Granada and Almería .
The olive tree , which is preferred in Cordoba and Jaén , plays a major role in wood cultures . In contrast, the almond tree can be found in the plateaus of Granada and Almería. The vine is cultivated extensively in some areas such as Marco de Jerez, El Condado de Huelva, Montilla-Moriles and in Málaga . Fig cultures are less common than in Castile .
Irrigation management is preferred in the Guadalquivir and Genil floodplains . Corn, rice, vegetables and flowers are grown on irrigated fields in Andalusia, and strawberries in Huelva. Plantations provide citrus fruits and cotton.
In terms of turnover, the most productive and competitive agriculture in Andalusia can be found on the coastal or river areas and on sandy soils, such as in Almería and Huelva.
At the same time, ecological agriculture is experiencing a broad development through exports to European countries and an incipient demand in Spain itself.
Cattle breeding has a long tradition, although it is currently mainly limited to mountain pastures. Therefore, the livestock sector has a rather marginal place in the economy of Andalusia. It contributes only 15 percent to the total agricultural production of Andalusia compared to an average of 30 percent in Spain.
Hunting is no longer mainly used to obtain meat, but has become a leisure activity in the mountain regions, where it has become a complementary activity to cattle breeding.
50% of the territory of Andalusia consists of forest, and accordingly forest areas have a special meaning. Above all, they are important for binding the soil, for water regulation and for the preservation of flora and fauna. The tree varieties for economic use of wood are mainly the eucalyptus in Huelva, the poplar in Granada and the cork oak in Sierra Morena.
Andalusia has most of the nature reserves in Europe.
Fishing is a traditional activity on the coasts of Andalusia that contributes to the nutrition of Andalusians. This includes the gastronomy culture with, for example, fried fish (pescaito frito), white shrimp and tuna . The fishing fleet of Andalusia is the second largest in Spain after that of Galicia and number one in number of ports at 38.
The fishing sector contributes only 0.52% to Andalusia's agricultural production. However, fishing is of great local importance. For example, in Punta Umbría, 70% of the population is engaged in fishing. In the cities on the Costa de la Luz , tuna fishing with the traditional almadraba is still an important part of fishing culture. Annual activities such as the Ruta del Atún, where restaurants from Conil de la Frontera , Barbate and Tarifa offer their best tuna tapas, promote local specialties across the community.
Failure to comply with the regulations against trawl fishing, pollution of urban coastal areas, the destruction of the habitat through construction measures (e.g. construction of sports ports, changes in the course of the estuaries of rivers) and the lack of fish due to overfishing have led to a permanent crisis in the fishing industry in Andalusia . That is why aquaculture and fish farming are developing at great speed in the interior of Andalusia.
Andalusia is one of the regions of Spain where tourism is of particularly great economic importance. Most tourists arrive by plane. The largest airport in Andalusia is in Málaga . Beach holidaymakers prefer the Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean , windsurfers the Costa de la Luz on the Atlantic . The main destinations for sightseeing tourists are the Moorish buildings in Córdoba and the Alhambra in Granada , the White Villages near Ronda and the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the many sights in Seville . Also worth seeing is the Las Alpujarras National Park in the Sierra Nevada , the second highest mountain range in Europe.
As one of the southernmost regions of Europe, Andalusia has great potential for using solar energy . The Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) solar plant is Europe's largest solar power plant. A large solar system is also in operation near Seville .
Around Tarifa , wind farms use the Poniente and Levante winds, which are popular with surfers . The provinces of Málaga and Almería also have a large share of the electricity generated by wind farms. In 2016, Andalusia was Spain's third largest producer of wind energy after Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha with 153 wind farms and an installed capacity of around 3.3 gigawatts.
The 11 MW " PS10 " solar power plant near Seville
The most successful club in Andalusia is FC Sevilla , which won a Spanish championship , five times in the national cup competition, the Copa del Rey , and five times at European level, and thus more often than any other club, the UEFA Cup or the Europa League won. Also once Spanish champion was Betis Sevilla , in addition, the club twice won the Copa del Rey and qualified several times for European competitions . The duels of both clubs from Seville are also known as Derbi sevillano . Also, the FC Malaga was playing in the European Cup. In addition to these three clubs, a further eight clubs were more or less long represented in the Primera División , the highest Spanish league, and thus Andalusia is the region of Spain from which most of the different clubs have so far participated in the top division of Spanish football. In the 2019/20 season, the two clubs from Seville and Granada CF will play three clubs in the Primera División, and another three are represented in the second-rate Segunda División .
The Spanish national team has played numerous international matches in Andalusia in its history, mostly in Seville. The Andalusian capital is only surpassed by Madrid in the number of home games played by the national team .
At the 1982 World Cup in Spain , several games were played in Andalusia. The venues were the stadiums of the two clubs from Seville and Malaga.
Benefiting from the year-round pleasant climate , Andalusia plays an outstanding role in Spanish golf. The Costa del Sol is next to the region around the capital Madrid the area with the largest golf course in Spain. There are more than 60 golf courses between Málaga and Gibraltar alone, and there are more than 100 courses throughout Andalusia. This golf heavyweight is expressed by the Andalusian Golf Association, Real Federación Andaluza de Golf, which is subordinate to the Spanish Golf Association, Real Federación Española de Golf.
The Costa del Sol has hosted several tournaments on the PGA European Tour , the highest European golf tour for professional players. The undisputed highlight was the hosting of the Ryder Cup , the continental comparison between Europe and the USA, in Valderrama (see Valderrama Golf Club ), near Gibraltar , in 1997 . In the first decade of the 21st century, Valderrama also hosted the Volvo Masters several times, the annual European PGA tournament for which only the 60 best golfers on the European prize money list qualify.
From 2009 to 2012 the Volvo World Match Play Championship was held in the new mode at Finca Cortesín Golf Club near Málaga.
As in most regions of Spain, the RENFE railway network is not very dense, but it connects all major cities. The standard gauge (1435 mm) high-speed line Madrid – Seville has been in operation since 1992 . This line was built for the Expo 92 in Seville and was the first line for high-speed trains in all of Spain. The high-speed line Córdoba – Málaga has been in operation since the end of 2007 .
In 2014 Andalusia had six airports, five of which were international airports. There is a plan to build another airport in Huelva. It will be called Antequera Airport and will primarily serve as a private airport.
Air traffic is concentrated in Malaga airport with approximately 61% of the total passenger volume of Andalusia. The two airports of Malaga and Seville together account for around 82% of the total passenger volume in Andalusia. The passenger numbers for 2013 break down as follows:
- Almeria Airport . It is mainly served by Spanish domestic Iberia flights (to Madrid, Seville, Barcelona) and low-cost airlines to England. The modern airport was barely occupied in 2016 with a passenger volume of 919,808 PAX .
- Cordoba airport . It is currently being remodeled in line with Cordoba's application as European Capital of Culture. 6,955 passengers.
- Granada-Jaen Airport . It is mainly served by low-cost airlines. It is popular with tourists visiting Granada and the Sierra Nevada . The airport has a passenger volume of 638,289.
- Jerez Airport . It is located eight kilometers northeast of Jerez de la Frontera . It has a passenger volume of 811,554.
- Málaga Airport is the largest in Andalusia (number 3 in mainland Spain) with more than 12.9 million passengers. The expansion with a second runway and a third terminal went into operation in March 2010. In 2012 it was renamed “Málaga - Costa del Sol”.
- Seville Airport , around 3.69 million passengers. The airport was rebuilt for the 1992 World Exhibition .
With the La Agencia Pública Empresarial de la Radio y Televisión de Andalucía (RTVA), the autonomous community has a public broadcasting group that broadcasts the following regional television and radio programs under the name Canal Sur.
- Canal Sur
- Canal Sur 2
- Andalucía Televisión
- Canal Sur 4K
- Canal Sur Radio
- Canal Fiesta
- Radio Andalucía Información - regional news channel
- Radio Flamenco - pure internet radio
La bandera blanca y verde,
The white and green flag
By Andalusian nationalists will España (Spain) like by pueblos los replaced (the people).
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- For other already operated or planned systems on the associated campus, see solar thermal power plant .
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