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6 - Other sectors

Tourism has been rapidly developing since the 1930s and is the principal activity of the Balearic islands.

There are about 4.5 million visitors each year, broken down as : 1.8 million British, 1.5 million Germans and Austrians, 0.45 million Scandinavians, 0.28 million French and 0.25 million visitors from the Benelux countries.

7 - Population
There are about 760, 400 inhabitants. The population density is relatively low.

The population is principally of Spanish origin with quite a high rate of foreigners (pensioners, seasonal workers).

The Spanish people have evolved after centuries of mixing races. From the 15th century on the Castillians dominated politics, language and culture. Certain regions have however kept their characteristics (Basque country, Galicia) and the Balearic Islands have sometimes shown separatist tendencies since they became independent.

8 - Language
Spanish and Catalan are the official languages.

English, French and German are widely spoken in the islands.

9 - Religion
Catholicism is the main religion practised by the whole population, but it is no longer a State religion since the new consitution in 1978.
 10 - Weights, measures & voltage
The metric system is in use. Electricity is 220V.

11 - Money
The currency is the Spanish peseta : 100 ESP = 3.94238 FF, rate fixed the 31st December 1998.
1 euro = 166.386 ESP
1 peseta = approx. 0.04 FF

Credit cards are widely accepted.

Banks are open in the morning all the year around, but in the tourist centres they remain open all day during the high season.

12 - Main towns
The main towns are Palma on Mallorca, a typically Mediterranean town with its old part with narrow streets but also modern districts with wide and spacious roads. The port deals with a traffic of passengers as well as freight.
Ciudad de Ibiza, in Ibiza, Mahon in Minorca, San Francisco de Javier on Formentera
13 - Climate
The climate is mild and pleasant.
It is a Mediterranean type of climate with the temperatures going between 18° and 30° in summer.
The sea temperature varies from 15° in April to 25° in August and 21° in October.
The monthly average is above 10°C. Summer is hot and sunny.

14 - Insects & animals
There are no particular insects or animals on the islands.

If you bring in a household pet you need to have its certificate of vaccination anti-rabies and a veterinary certificate of good health.

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