Spain is a kingdom located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It also has several small territories on and near the north African coast.
Spain is the fourth largest country in Europe and a member of the European Union, but it also shows significant Arabic influence. Spain is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. It has an Atlantic Ocean as well as a Mediterranean coastline. The Spanish global colonial empire in the 15th century, made Spanish the world's second most spoken first language.
Princess Cristina, the sister of the Spanish king, was found not guilty of tax evasion but her husband was jailed for over six years on fraud charges. They were not in court when the sentence was announced.
Threatened bird species that are getting zapped almost to the point of extinction. In the US, American bald eagles are commonly killed by electrocution, while in Spain the Bonelli's eagle is at risk of disappearing altogether, in part due to power pylons. But scientists in Spain say they’ve found some solutions.
Spain's famous afternoon siesta could be consigned to history if the government gets its way. Just before Christmas, the country's labour minister called for a "national pact" to change Spain's system of split shifts. The region of Catalonia is hoping to steal a march on the rest of the country by being the first to move everyone to a 9-5 working day.
When Carlos Ibánez installed solar panels on his roof, he figured it was good for the environment and easy on his pocketbook. But now he regrets the thirty thousand dollar investment after the government has imposed a tax increase on solar energy, in a country renowned for its sunshine.
Spain might be more traditionally associated with wine and sherry producing than beer. But now craft beer is booming. And that's good news for one tiny region that grows 99-percent of Spain’s hops - a key ingredient in beer. Reporter Lauren Frayer takes us there.
Last summer, the billionaire founder of Corona beer died, aged 98, and the news went viral. Antonino Fernandez had left his fortune to the tiny village in Spain, where he was born. That part of the story turned out to be false. There was no last will & testament that left money to strangers. But the Corona tycoon did invest millions in his hometown, during his lifetime.