Madrid is the capital of Spain and its biggest city. It has a population of 3.3 million and the city plus the surrounding areas have a population of 6.5 million.
Madrid is a major financial centre, and houses the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies. In 2010 it was voted as the 10th most livable city in the world. Madrid also ranks among the 12 greenest European cities and it is currently bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The city is in the Autonomous community of Madrid and is in the centre of Spain itself. The Spanish royal family reside here. The Community of Madrid is one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain. It is located at the centre of the country, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Castilian Central Plateau. Other municipalities in the Autonomous Community of Madrid include Móstoles, Alcalá de Henares, Fuenlabrada, Leganés, Alcorcón, Getafe, Torrejón de Ardoz, and Alcobendas.
Madrid is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures and the status as an economic, financial, administrative and service centre, with a large cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history. Madrid has one of the most important historic centres of all the great European cities. Here you can find modern convenience combined with stunning architecture and a great infrastructure.
The extensive and beautifully maintained parks and gardens like the Retiro park, formerly the recreational estate to the Spanish monarchs, the Casa de Campo and the Juan Carlos I park, offer inhabitants and visitors the chance to enjoy the sunshine, stroll, row on its lakes or feed the squirrels, in one of the greenest capitals in Europe. See “A-Z reasons for living in Madrid” for more.
The importance of its international airport, which every week receives over 1,000 flights from all over the world, its two Conference centres, the modern trade fair ground in the Campo de las Naciones, and over 80,000 places in other meeting centres make Madrid one of Europe’s most attractive business hubs. See “Transport options in Madrid” for more.
If there’s one thing that sets the area apart, it is its passion for life. Concerts, exhibitions, ballets, a select theatrical offering, the latest film releases, the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of the best Spanish and international gastronomy, a never ending stream of festivals and parades all these are just a few of the leisure options on offer in Madrid. See “Cultural events in Madrid” for more.
Education here has many options from state schools to private schools, international schools and universities. See “Schools in Madrid “ for more information.
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