Andalusia is an autonomous community in southern Spain. It is the most populous, and the second-largest autonomous community in the country. The Andalusian autonomous community is officially recognised as a “historical nationality.” The territory is divided into eight provinces: Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville. Its capital is the city of Seville. Andalusia is located in the south of the Iberian peninsula, in southwestern Europe, east of Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean; and north of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. Andalusia is the only European region with both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines. Andalusia has been historically an agricultural region, compared to the rest of Spain and the rest of Europe. However, the growth of the community especially in the sectors of industry and services was above average in Spain and higher than many communities in the Eurozone. The region has a rich culture and a strong identity. Many cultural phenomena that are seen internationally as distinctively Spanish are largely or entirely Andalusian in origin. These include flamenco and, to a lesser extent, bullfighting and Hispano-Moorish architectural styles, both of which are also prevalent in some other regions of Spain. Credit: Wikipedia.
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