The open and hospitable nature of Spanish people is a hallmark of our country. Throughout our history, we have been a land where different cultures have coexisted and Christians, Muslims and Jews have lived together over the centuries. Therefore, Spain has a rich historical and cultural heritage. What is more, our special relationship with Ibero-American people magnified our cultural richness. All of this has resulted in the open, multicultural, tolerant and respectful character of the Spaniards.
The 1978 Spanish Constitution ensures the coexistence, protects the rights of minorities and establishes the principle that no one can be discriminated against by birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or any other personal circumstance. It also recognizes the existence of co-official languages and confers one of the world’s highest degrees of self-government to Autonomous Communities. The Spanish democratic system is considered one of the best worldwide and according to international indexes, Spain is among the top 20 countries considered as ‘Full Democracy’.
Spain is the home of 5.5 million people who have arrived from other countries looking for a better future. These immigrants and their children constitute 11% of the population and they have considered that our country is a good place to live, work and study. Citizens from other countries feel welcome and 80% of foreigners’ children adapt in Spain without problems. Hence, our country has one of the highest rates of integration in the world.
Spain is considered worldwide as one of the most attractive countries to rest. More than seventy million tourists choose our country every year to spend their holidays for many reasons: our cultural heritage, gastronomy, nature... But also for the welcoming, open and cheerful character of the Spanish people, so they feel ‘like at home’.
In 2005, Spain became the third country in the world to approve marriage among people of the same sex, right after the Netherlands and Belgium. Since then, homosexual couples have full equality of rights before Public Administrations, at the same level as heterosexual couples. They also have the right to joint adoption, inheritance and pension. The capital of Spain hosts every year Pride Madrid, a great party which attracts lesbians, gays, transsexuals and bisexuals (LGBT community) from all over the world.
One of the objectives of Spain is to be a country for all. It is an open space, where all people can share the same services and products whatever their abilities and no one can be discriminated. In order to achieve that goal, our country no longer thinks about specific products for people with disabilities. Today, Spain applies universal accessibility criteria to design and manage transport systems; tourism and leisure activities; education; sports; goods; products and services available to people; information technologies and relations among citizens and Public Administrations.