13 Things about Spain You Probably Didn’t Know
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Fiesta. Flamenco. Football. That’s what most of us think of when we think of Spain, but if you think that’s all there is to the country, then you’re sorely mistaken. Spain is vibrant, cultural, exciting and famous for many things, but it also has a few hidden secrets not many of us know about. Here are thirteen things about Spain you probably didn’t know which will only make you love the country even more. Here are 13 things about Spain you probably didn’t know.
Spain is not a country
Actually, it is a kingdom. The official name of Spain is the Kingdom of Spain, which is ruled by King Felipe VI. This role is, however, largely ceremonial and there is also a prime minister and a government.
Spain has five official languages
Though Spanish is the first official language, there are four co-official languages, namely Catalan, Basque, Galician and Aranese. As you can imagine, these four languages are spoken in different parts of the country and have differing levels of dominance. There are a number of other languages too, but these are not considered official.
Spain is UNESCO’s third largest heritage country
Italy and China are the countries with the most and second most UNESCO heritage sites – both with 55 – but Spain comes a close third with 48 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous of these is undoubtedly the Sagrada Familia, a church in Barcelona which has been under construction for over 130 years and it’s still not finished! Other sights worth visiting are the Alhambra in Granada and the Old Town in Santiago de Compostela.
Spanish is the second-most spoken language
If we are talking about native speakers, Chinese has the most native speakers in the world, but Spanish is in second place. There are over 400 million native speakers of Spanish worldwide, including in Spain, the United States, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, Equatorial Guinea and a number of other countries.
Spanish people have more than one surname
In Spain it’s customary for people to have two surnames. The first surname is from their father and the second from their mother. For example, if your name is Juan and your mother’s name is Luisa Rodriguez and your father’s name is Luis Zapatero, your full name would be Juan Zapatero Rodriguez.
The first novel is Spanish
Don Quixote was written in 1605 and is considered the first modern novel. Written by Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes it has been translated into 145 languages. In 2002 it was voted “the most meaningful book of all time”.
Every day is a fiesta
That’s no joke! You can celebrate a festival on any given day of the year in Spain, and there are even a few more. Most festivals include a lot of food and drink, fireworks and late-night partying. Rest assured, no matter where you are in Spain or what day it is, there’ll be a festival near you.
Spain has the world’s biggest food fight
Speaking of festivals, every year twenty thousand people gather in Valencia to celebrate the festival of La Tomatina. During the festival, festival-goers throw 120 tonnes of tomatoes at each other, making it one massive food fight. To make it better, everyone wears white!
Spain has the oldest restaurant in the world
The oldest restaurant in the world which is still trading can be found in Madrid. It’s called Restaurante Botin and it was opened in 1725. Its specialities include suckling pig and roast lamb.
Spain produces a lot of olive oil
Almost half of the world’s olive oil, in fact, comes from Spain. Not surprisingly, when you consider their love of bread, the Spanish also consume 20% of the world’s olive oil. In fact, the average Spaniard consumes 14 litres of olive oil a year!
You can zipline to Portugal
For a quick trip across the border, you can pay €12, hop on the 2 300 foot zipline, and fly over into Portugal.
There is no tooth fairy in Spain
Instead, Spanish children leave their teeth for a rat named Ratoncito Perez, who leaves a gift under their pillows in return.
Spain is home to the most valuable football team in Europe
If we’re talking about football-crazy nations, then we must be talking about Spain! Football is life in this country, and it’s big business too. Real Madrid is now considered the most valuable football team in Europe, worth about €3.2 billion.
For more interesting facts like this, you’ll have to go to Spain yourself!
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Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.