Tuesday, July 22, 2008

May 4th, 2008 - Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Andorra la Vella - Andorra the Old - is the capital of the co-principality of Andorra. Prior to the political liberation of this tiny nation in the 1990s, the capital city of Andorra la Vella was about it for Andorra. The rest of the country was sparsely populated and extremely rustic. The constitutional changes of 1993 galvanized the country, which has quickly become a vigorous player in tourism with 2 million visitors each year, a magnet for upscale duty free shoppers and a great place to live if you are in a burdensome tax bracket. Better yet, Andorra boasts the highest personal longevity of any country in the world, with an average life span of 83.5 years. Must be doing something right! See more pictures of this incongruous little burg right here.

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