GENERAL BACKGROUND ON SPAIN

PEOPLE and ECONOMY



1 The Spanish economy has been growing healthily for many years now, but what is its most acute problem?
Low consumer spending
Inflation
Very high unemployment

2 What is Spain's second most widely spoken language (17% of the population)?
Basque
Catalan
Galician
Castilian

3 What is Spain's national currency (which is being replaced by the euro)?
Peso
Franc
Peseta
Escudo

4 What is the predominant religion in Spain (about 99% of the population)?
Roman Catholicism
Protestantism (primarily Lutherans)
Judaism
Islam

5 What two sectors of the economy have undergone spectacular growth in recent decades?
Agriculture and fishing
Tourism and manufacturing
Mining and shipbuilding

6 Alongside Spanish, some regions have their own official languages. Which of the following is NOT a recognized regional language?
Galician
Valencian
Catalan
Castilian

7 Spain's participation in the European Union has greatly benefitted its economy. When did it join the EU?
1986
1976
1991
1994

8 The population of Poland is about 40 million. How does Spain compare?
Spain's population is greater
Spain also has about 40 million inhabitants
Spain's population is smaller

9 Spain's leading trading partners are:
The United States and Russia
The United Kingdom and Italy
Portugal and Morocco
France and Germany

10 Which of the following is NOT a major product of Spain's agricultural industry?
Oranges and citrus fruits
Sugar cane
Wine
Olives