Andorra is a tiny country nestled on the border between France and Spain with a population of around 75,000 (UN Estimate 2007). Its official name is the Principality of Andorra, or in Catalan, Principat d'Andorra. Andorra is divided into seven parishes: Andorra la Vella, Canillo, Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany, La Massana, Ordino and Sant Julià de Lòria. Soldeu is in the parish of Canillo.
There are three main resorts which attract tourists for mountain holidays in Andorra. These are Soldeu, Arinsal, and Pas de la Casa. Soldeu and Pas de la Casa are part of the Grandvalira area, and Arinsal is part of the Vallnord area.
The official language of Andorra is Catalan, however Spanish and French are widely spoken, and English is usually understood. Andorra is the only country in the world where the only official language is Catalan and they are very proud of the herritage and traditions.
Andorra does not have its own currency therefore it has always accepted the currencies of France and Spain, and until the Euro was introduced, both the French Franc and the Spanish Peseta were used. Until very recently Andorra was not technically in the Eurozone, however they still used the Euro as their currency and after long negotiations, in 2014 Andorra became an official member of the monetary union and Andorran Euro coins were issued.
You do not need a visa if you are travelling to Andorra from the UK or Ireland, however you should make sure you have your passport with you and it is recommended that it is valid for at least six months after you travel. If you are coming you work in Andorra you will be required to apply for a work permit.
There are customs on entrances to Andorra from both Spain and France and all vehicles can be stopped and searched. As Andorra is not part of the EU, the amounts of certain goods allowed out is restricted.