– Gipuzkoa is the smallest province in Spain, and the most densely populated. Capital city: San Sebastián, a.k.a. Donostia, in Basque.
– We are just 3 million Basques in Europe. Half live in Bizkaia. There´s five more times Basque descendants overseas.
– We have the highest number of blood and organ donors per capita in the world. Also, the highest income per capita in Spain.
– Basques know the Basque Country as “Euskadi“, its official name.
– Euskadi is also known as “The Little Switzerland“, because of its mountainous profile.
– 70% of our surface is forest, and a great part of it is protected.
– Basque language has seven dialects. Many Basque speakers use different words for the same concept. For instance, days of the week or months of the year.
– Basque is spoken too in the French Basque Country (Iparralde, in Basque). Euskadi is also known as Euskal Herria (an ethnic concept), 7 provinces, three forming Euskadi, another one is Navarre and the other three are in France. Around 30% of Basques speak Basque, an increasing figure.
– There are over 70 beaches in our 150 miles coast, all free from massive tourism and over construction.
– It used to rain a lot…it still does, but the feeling is that “it doesn´t rain as before”…
– The Rioja wine region is mostly in the Basque country, where top wines are produced. We also produce natural fermented cider and “txakoli“, a young wine with Denomination of Origin.
– The Athletic Bilbao soccer team, founded in 1898, has never relegated to 2nd division and plays with Basque players only.