For seven centuries Andorra has enjoyed a level of social harmony and public safety that is unique in the world and that is guaranteed throughout the country. This is evidenced by one of the world’s lowest crime rates.
The people who apply for residence in the Principality of Andorra, for work or other reasons, are subject to strict selection by the Immigration Department. The Customs and Police departments also work effectively to keep the peace, in close cooperation with foreign police forces.
This assurance of safety in public life is particularly appreciated by families with young and adolescent children.
The Andorran health care system is fully developed, and access is provided through affiliation to the social security system, known as CASS (Caixa Andorrana de Seguretat Social).
The country has a top-level hospital (Hospital Nostra Senyora de Meritxell) and eleven health centres, distributed across the main towns. At the same time, Andorra has agreements with neighbouring countries (preferably Spain and France) for the sharing of health and emergency services.
Knowing that proper medical care is at hand is reassuring in the face of chronic medical conditions or unforeseen accident or illness.
Andorra is proud to be able to offer its inhabitants a high quality, free, trilingual public education, drawing on three different education systems: those of Andorra, France and Spain.
There are also two denominational schools (Col·legi Janer and Col·legi Sant Ermengol) and one private international school (Col·legi dels Pirineus). And there are opportunities for university studies (University of Andorra), which are fully recognised at the European level, and vocational training. Children with special needs are also catered for in the Principality: the Nostra Senyora de Meritxell School offers care and support for people with disabilities.
Being able to choose which language your children are educated in is a privilege found nowhere else in the world (in free education).
Andorra has traditionally been a host country, offering an exceptional quality of life and natural surroundings that provide a unique environment for the country’s inhabitants.
Only 40% of residents have Andorran nationality. Freedom of belief and expression and respect for diversity generate a climate in which freedom of religious observance and custom is able to coexist harmoniously with respect for tradition and culture. The same applies in the field of language, where Catalan (the official language) subsists alongside French, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
The offering of outdoor and indoor leisure and shopping activities is almost endless, while, at the same time, the country offers an incomparable level of well-being and quality of life.
- Besides Caldea, the largest thermal baths and wellness resort in southern Europe, there is an extensive network of upmarket spas and wellness centres
- The main sport in the Principality is skiing, with 300 kilometres of ski slopes
- Shopping, Andorra’s main source of income, attracts 8 million tourists each year, and many of the stores are open from 9 in the morning to 9 in the evening, Monday to Sunday, 361 days a year
- The Principality is a paradise for adventurers and nature lovers, with unspoilt nature covering 90% of the country