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Catalonia, a land where everything is possible

Forward-thinking, yet with a long history, Catalonia’s open mindset and creativity makes it a magnet for foreign investment and a hive of innovation, with its capital, Barcelona, being one of the top start-up destinations in the world. Watch this video from the Generalitat (regional government) to find out more.

Catalonia, an old European country

Catalonia is an old European country of seven and a half million inhabitants, situated between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, whose history spans more than a thousand years. Its origins are marked by an Iberian substrate, significant contact with Greek culture as well as an intense Romanisation, a close bond with the Languedoc region and its forming part of the Carolingian empire. The Catalan language is spoken in an area with a population of over fourteen million people.

Catalonia facts at a glance

Population
m
GDP growth
%
FDI
bn
HDI Score 0.894/1
Theoretical Rank: 22*​

Human Development Index

* Source: World Bank/Credit Suisse. 188 countries are ranked in the HDI.

"In our region there is a axis of economic development, which includes all of the north-western Mediterranean. Within this band, Catalonia and the Occitan-Catalan area will continue to be increasingly significant"
Joan Amorós
President, Occitano Catalan Foundation
"This website is aimed at all those citizens of Catalonia and around the world who are interested in finding out where we come from; that Catalonia was an independent country for many centuries"
Jaume Sobrequés
Societat Catalana d'Estudis Històrics
"Our objective is to seek the recognition of the participation of the Catalans in the telling of the story of humanity, of rebuilding awareness of the contributions that the Catalans have made to the advancement of humanity."
Lluís Pagès
President and Founder, Pagès Editors

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