What is the capital of Spain?
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain, located in the central part of the kingdom. As the state capital, Madrid is home to most of the country’s political institutions, including the seat of government, the Cortes Generales and the royal residence. It is also a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, with a lively, modern and attractive image, which attracts more than 10 million visitors every year. Tourism is one of the city’s economic pillars, accounting for approximately 10% of Spain’s national income in 2003. In terms of economy, Madrid is mainly a tertiary center, with financial services being the most important economic sector.
Madrid is also the most populous city in Spain, with over 3.1 million inhabitants in 2016, making it the third most populous city in Europe after London and Berlin. The city is known for its liveliness throughout the year, especially thanks to the many students who live and study there.
Finally, Madrid is the capital of the Community of Madrid, one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain. The community of Madrid is bordered by the provinces of Guadalajara, Cuenca, Toledo (Castilla-La Mancha), Ávila and Segovia (Castilla y León).