Frequently Asked Questions about Catalonia

Most frequently asked questions about Catalonia on the internet. Please note that we transcribed the queries just as they are typed on the search engines by internet users, keeping all the spelling and grammar mistakes to ensure greater authenticity.

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Top Google searches about Catalonia, Catalan language and Catalan people answered!

>>> Please note that we transcribed the queries just as they are typed on the search engines by internet users, keeping all the spelling and grammar mistakes to ensure greater authenticity. <<<

What is people wondering about Catalonia? What concerns do people around the world have about Catalunya (Catalan word for Catalonia)? What are they searching for about Catalans? Here are the most frequent search terms related to Catalonia, Catalan language and Catalans.

As you may imagine, many of these questions revolve around Catalonia’s independence movement (and we defend the right of both sides to have their say and think that the best way to settle this issue is by means of a democratic, transparent and peaceful referendum), but not all of them. So, without further ado, let’s try to answer the main questions people wonder about Catalan people and Catalonia:

Why Catalonia wants Independence?

There are a number of reasons given by the pro-independence activists for self-determination. There are fiscal reasons —Catalonia suffers from an obvious fiscal deficit and suffers a serious fiscal plundering; besides, it has a serious lack of investment from the Spanish State. In other words: Catalonia is giving much more than it gets back and can’t cover its investment and social needs—; there are a number of cultural reasons too —Catalonia has its own language, culture, literature, music and traditions, which can’t get the recognition and support they deserve—; administrative and emotional reasons —many Catalans feel Catalan, but not Spanish and consider that Spain is mistreating and has mistreated Catalonia throughout history. On the other hand, it must be said that many Catalans also feel Spanish. El Punt Avui (a Catalan newspaper) offers an interesting article on the topic: 100 reasons for independence

Why should Catalonia be independent?

Advocates of an independent Catalonia adduce the reasons described in the previous question “Why Catalonia wants Independence?”

Why Catalonia is not Spain?

It is another frequently asked question on the internet. Supporters of continuing to be united with Spain will say that Catalonia is Spain and supporters of independence will argue the reasons described in the first question “Why Catalonia wants Independence?”.

Why Catalonia wants independence from Spain?

Catalans who are for the independence of Catalonia want to become independent for the reasons given in the first question in this section, namely, “Why Catalonia wants Independence?”.

Why Catalonia wants independence? Quora

As you can see, there are many variants on the same question. Again, Catalans who are for independence want to become independent for the reasons given in the first question of this section, namely “Why Catalonia wants Independence?”. Here is the Quora answer to this question.

Why Catalonia should not be independent

The main reason given by unionists is that declaring independence is unconstitutional. So far, there has not been a counteroffer from the Spanish State (e.g. giving Catalonia a better treatment). Besides, Catalans are still suffering repression, with political prisoners and exiles (including artists) and constants threats. Under this circumstances it is difficult to give an answer to this question, but some Spanish newspapers have published some articles giving their reasons against independence. On Debatingeurope you can find arguments for and against Catalonia Independence.

Why Catalonia wants Independence?

Catalans who are for the independence of Catalonia want to become independent for the reasons given in the first question in this section, namely, “Why Catalonia wants Independence?”.

Are Catalan and Occitan the same language?

Catalan and Occitan are not the same language. Here are two interesting articles (the first in English and the second in Catalan) on the subject: Catalan and Occitan: one diasystem, two languages; Català i occità: un diasistema, dues llengües

Are Catalan and Basque provinces of Spain?

First of all, Catalan and Basque are languages, not provinces; and in any case Catalonia and the Basque Country or Euskadi are, from an administrative viewpoint, Autonomous Communities. They are considered to be ‘historical nationalities’.

The terms nationalities and historical nationalities,though never officially defined, refer to territories whose inhabitants have a strong historically constituted identity; or, more specifically, certain autonomous communities whose Statute of Autonomy—their basic institutional legislation—recognizes their historical and cultural identity.

Even though it is explicitly understood that the term refers to Galicia, the Basque Country, and Catalonia,the constitution does not specify any communities by name.

Are Catalan and Basque the same?

No, by a long shot. They are two languages ​​with different origins and different influences. Catalan is a Romance language that comes from Latin and is official or co-official in Catalonia, Valencia, Andorra, the Balearic Islands and recognised as a minority language in Alghero (Sardinia, Italy), Aragon (Spain) and Pyrénées-Orientales (France). Catalan language is regulated by Institut d’Estudis Catalans and Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua. On the other hand, Basque, which is a linguistic treasure, is unrelated to any other European language and is isolated from any other known living language. The Basques primarily inhabit the Basque Country, tehn France and Navarra. The Basque language or Euskara is regulated by an institution called Euskaltzaindia. Whereas Basque is spoken by 1,180,000 speakers (both native and passive speakers), Catalan is spoken by 10 million people (both native and passive speakers).

Are Catalan and Valencian the same language?

A Catalan and a Valencian speakers understand each other perfectly well. Some localisms, typical expressions, and verb endings may slightly differ, but according to most linguists, such distinction is based on political reasons rather than on language criteria.

Are Catalan and Spanish mutually intelligible

Despite being both Romance languages, if a monolingual Spanish speaker who can’t understand Catalan and a monolingual Catalan who can’t understand Spanish (the latter would be extremely difficult to find) began a conversation, they would probably understand some words, but they would find it difficult to understand each other. Many words have nothing to do (e.g. table Spanish is “Mesa” and in Catalan “Taula”, bird in Spanish is “pájaro”, but in Catalan is “ocell”, strawberry in Spanish is “pájaro” and in Catalan it is “ocell”…) and many syntactic constructions differ. The answer is that unless both speakers know other Latin languages, they would find it difficult to understand each other, and many things would be lost in translation. The reality is that all Catalans understand Spanish. Maybe it would be easier for the monolingual Spanish speaker to understand a Portuguese speaker.

Are Catalan and Spanish similar?

In plain words so that a foreigner can quickly understand it: they are as similar as Spanish and Portuguese. Many words, sounds and syntactic structures are quite different. Catalan language has more phonemes than Spanish.

Are Catalan sheepdogs hypoallergenic?

We didn’t expect that question. As far as we know, and according to Dogbreedplus, Catalan sheepdogs are not hypoallergetic.

Catalonia which country?

Please note that we transcribed the queries just as they are typed on the search engines by internet users, keeping all the spelling and grammar mistakes to ensure greater authenticity.

We have transcribed the question verbatim. It is one of the most frequently asked questions. Many Catalans consider Catalonia to be a country, but administratively speaking, it currently belongs to the Kingdom of Spain.

Which countries recognise Catalonia?

We assume that this question was asked in the context of the Declaration of Independence. While it is not possible to speak of explicit support (few countries have had it before gaining independence), the partially recognized, non-UN-member states Abkhazia and South Ossetia claimed they were willing to offer formal recognition should they receive a request to do so from the Catalan government.

Which countries support Catalonia?

See the previous question “Which countries recognise Catalonia?”

What parts of catalonia are in lockdown

The Health Channel of the Government of Catalonia (Canal Salut de la Generalitat de Catalunya) is probably the most official and updated source to answer this question.

How did Catalonia become part of Spain?

Ferdinand’s 1469 marriage to Isabella I of Castile brought about a dynastic union of the Crown of Aragon with Castile.

Catalonia how to say

Please note that we transcribed the queries just as they are typed on the search engines by users, keeping all the spelling and grammar mistakes to ensure greater authenticity.

We remind you that these are textual questions that people google about Catalonia and the Catalan language. So the heading is written exactly like the search terms people use on the internet. As for this question and from what we could gather, people searching this term want to know how to pronounce Catalonia in Catalan. So here it is:

(/ˌkætəˈloʊniə/; Catalan: Catalunya [kətəˈluɲə]; Occitan: Catalonha [kataˈluɲɔ]; Spanish: Cataluña [kataˈluɲa])

How is Catalan pronounced?

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This is the literal question many people type on the browser’s search box, so here is the answer:

How is Catalonia different from Spain?

Catalonia has its own language, its own traditions, its own literature and, in former days, even its own sovereign institutions. It also shares traditions and has many ties with Spain, France and other Mediterranean countries.

How did Catalonia (Catalunya) independence start?

There is a fair amount of consensus about the fact that current independence movement began in 2010 when the Constitutional Court of Spain ruled that some of the articles of the 2006 Statute of Autonomy—which had been agreed with the Spanish government and passed by a referendum in Catalonia—were unconstitutional, and others were to be interpreted restrictively. Here is a BBC post on the topic.

Will

Will Catalonia ever be independent?

Nobody knows, but here is an interesting article about it: Will Catalonia ever win independence?

According to this article, “To outsiders, the situation is bleaker for Catalan independence. The Guardian reports that the movement has “lost momentum” since the referendum and “any answers to the Catalan question are likely to remain as elusive as ever”.

Will Catalonia someday be independent? Reddit

See previous question.

Will Catalonia lockdown?

To follow the latest news on lockdown in Catalonia, we recommend you visit the official website of the Catalan Government (Generalitat) Home Department: Ministry of Home Affairs

Will independence of Catalonia ever happen?

See previous questions.

Will Catalonia become a State?

Many claim that Catalonia is already a country without a state, but nobody can tell whether it will become a State or not.

Will Catalonia secede from Spain?

Nobody knows. Stranger things have happened. In any case, in the event of independence, there will be no borders and the only thing that would change is that Catalonia would govern itself and manage its own affairs and resources.

When will Catalonia be released?

Who knows? Maybe some day, maybe never. What is clear is that independence advocates want to do it in a democratic and participatory way, letting people have their say, vote in a referendum and decide peacefully.

Can Catalonia be independent?

There are compelling reasons to think that Catalonia would do very well as an independent state. All the small states of Western Europe are prosperous, and Catalonia has an ideal geographical location, a very active entrepreneurial fabric and a Gross Domestic Product which, if Catalonia could manage its resources, it would probably make the little country a sort of “southern Denmark”. According to Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz an independent Catalonia would be economically viable.

Can Catalonia survive without Spain?

Advocates for independence have no doubt whatsoever. Those who are for the union with Spain don’t offer many economic counterarguments. In any case, Catalonia is a prosperous and productive region and a net contributor. According to Catalonia & Trade Investment “Its location in the Mediterranean and its transport infrastructures, as well as its trading, entrepreneurial and open economy have made Catalonia a top rank strategic position in the south of Europe with Barcelona as an unbeatable meeting point for international business”.

From an economic point of view; definitely yes.

Can Bassa Catalunya

As far as we know, Can Bassa is an old farmhouse restored within the walls of fourteenth-century charm, in the pretty village of Madremanya in the Baix Emporda (Costa Brava). 

Can Serola Catalonia

To the best of our knowledge, Can Serola is an 18th century country house where traditional architecture coexists with design, 8 rooms, Ethnic, Indian, Monastic, Classic, Mexican, Moroccan, Zen and African. Located within the Area of Natural Interest of the Alta Garrotxa, near Besalú (Girona), where tranquility and silence reign, in a privileged environment, with total privacy, the mountains, the silence, the stars, the moon and the birds. It is your house.

Catalonia Cancun

As far as we know, Catalonia Cancun is a touris resort on Mayan Riviera.

Can Alemany Catalonia

Can Alemany, formerly known as Mas Salamones during the nineteenth century, is one of the oldest farmhouses in Santa Margarida de Montbui. During the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the expansion of wheat cultivations, and most specifically vineyards, enrich most of the area farms and its heritage.

Can Bosquita Catalonia

As far as we are aware, Can Bosquita is a rural house on the Brave Coast.

Who owns Catalonia Hotels?

Today the company is led by the Vallet brothers, Manuel, Guillermo and Alfonso and has 64 establishments in 18 different destinations

Who recognises Catalonia?

See “Which countries recognise catalonia”

Who supports Catalonia?

While some famous people, institutions and countries without a state support Catalan independence, the referendum proposal enjoys a broader consensus.

Who is the President of Catalonia?

Many Catalans say the legitimate president of Catalonia is Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó, who is currently in exile. His successor Joaquim Torra i Pla was ousted for denouncing the existence of political prisoners and exiles. The sitting president is, as of Today, Pere Aragonès García. Many Catalan presidents have suffered political persecution and even execution* throughout history.

Lluís Companys i Jover, who served as president of Catalonia from 1934 and during the Spanish Civil War, went into exile in France after the war and was captured and handed over by the Nazi secret police, the Gestapo, to the Spanish State of Francisco Franco, who had him executed by firing squad in 1940

Who supports Catalonia independence?

Many Scottish, Irish and Flemish politicians explicitly support the Catalan cause. Some famous people around the world and countries without a state support the right of Catalans to self-determination as an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. While some famous people, institutions and countries without a state support Catalan independence, the referendum proposal enjoys a broader consensus. Those who oppose the right to self-determination, argue that it would be unconstitutional.

Who is Eva Parera?

Eva Parera is a Spanish lawyer and politician.

Who is Catalonia in Spain?

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Catalonia is currently an Autonomous Community (in Spanish Comunidad Autónoma and in Catalan Comunitat Autònoma) in Spain. An Autonoumous Community is a first-level political and administrative division, created in accordance with the Spanish constitution of 1978, with the aim of guaranteeing limited autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make up Spain

Who is behind the Catalonia independence movement?

It is a cross-generational grassroots movement made up by many Catalan people, cultural and civic organizations and a wide range of political organisations. Catalans are friendly, open-minded and love democracy and fundamental rights. Catalans, diverse as they may be, feel very proud of their culture and history and have a long record of resisting repression and fighting against absolutism and fascism.

The Catalan pro-independence movement is an inclusive, grass-roots, radically democratic movement that brings together people from all walks of life and different ideologies who agree upon two principles: Catalan people deserve the right to decide their own future and fundamental rights must be guaranteed.

When did Catalonia become part of Spain?

Ferdinand’s 1469 marriage to Isabella I of Castile brought about a dynastic union of the Crown of Aragon with Castile.

When did Catalonia unite with Spain?

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See previous question

When will Catalonia be released?

As long as the Spanish state blocks a peaceful and democratic referendum on the issue and doesn’t put an end to the crackdown on dissenting politicians and artists, it will be hard under such repressive conditions.

When was Catalonia independent?

At the end of the 8th century, most of the Iberian Peninsula was controlled by the Emirate of Cordova. It was during this period that the Marca Hispanica was set up, an administrative unit integrated into Charlemagne’s Frankish Empire and in which a large part of the territories that ended up forming Catalonia were brought together. Consequently, its origin is linked to the most powerful Christian state of the time, which extended to central Europe, the Carolingian Empire.


Such territories were divided into the counties of Pallars-Ribagorça, Urgell-Cerdanya, Rosselló, Empúries, Girona and Barcelona. They ​​enjoyed a sufficiently autonomous power and their relationship of vassalage with the Frankish monarchy was in appearance only, since, in fact, the counts could develop their own foreign policy and establish diplomatic contacts with the caliphs of Cordova and the Roman pontifical court. 

During the 9th century, the counts undertook a policy of repopulation of those areas destroyed by the struggles against the Muslims and strengthened their power to acquire a degree of sovereignty over the Frankish king, often absent and with few means to show his authority.

The count of Barcelona was actually sovereign
There is a second point that also needs to be explained. It has often been considered that Catalonia, being a principality and not a kingdom, had less power or, if you like, a lower rank, or was subject to the Crown of Aragon. In modern times, this confusion was even greater especially when the ancient kingdoms began to be identified with modern states: the kingdom of France, the kingdom of Spain… But in reality, in medieval times the titles to territory, whether they were kingdoms, counties, or marquises, were quite irrelevant, as relations were mostly interpersonal: being king or count was exactly the same in terms of the use and ostentation of power.

Borrell II, who did not renew the oath of allegiance to the Frankish monarchs (Treaty of Corbeil of 1258), was sovereign.

Sapiens magazine offers a good explanation on the topic (in Catalan)

When was Catalonia a Country?

Many argue that Catalonia has always been a country, but for a historical explanation see the previous answer.

When will Catalonia be independent?

As long as the Spanish state blocks a peaceful and democratic referendum on the issue and doesn’t put an end to the crackdown on dissenting politicians and artists, it will be hard under such repressive conditions.

When did Catalonia start fighting for independence?

From the 1850s onwards, various individuals and organisations demanded full independence of Catalonia from Spain. The first organised Catalan independence party was Estat Català (Catalan State), founded in 1922 by Francesc Macià.

Where is Catalonia in France?

The current official category of “Catalans” is that of the citizens of Catalonia, an autonomous community in Spain and the inhabitants of the Roussillon historical region in southern France, today the Pyrénées Orientales department, also called Northern Catalonia and Pays Catalan in French.

Where are Catalonia and Navarra?

Catalonia is an autonomous community on the northeastern corner of Spain, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Navarra is in northern Spain, bordering the Basque Autonomous Community, La Rioja, and Aragon in Spain and Nouvelle-Aquitaine in France.

Where is Catalonia located on Spain map?

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Catalunya where to stay

Here are some interesting websites where you can find nice places to stay in Catalonia:

20 charming places to stay in Catalonia Catalunya
The 10 best Catalonia hotels Catalunya
The 10 best hotels in Catalonia Catalunya

Catalonia where to go

Here are some of the best places to visit in Catalonia:

17 best places to visit in Catalonia
50 Catalonia must-see places
Catalonia Lonely Planet

Catalonia (Catalunya) where is in Spain?

Location of Catalunya (Catalonia) on the map of Spain

Ebro river is spelled Ebre in Catalan

Where is Catalonia Located

Catalonia (/ˌkætəˈloʊniə/; Catalan: Catalunya [kətəˈluɲə]; Occitan: Catalonha [kataˈluɲɔ]; Spanish: Cataluña [kataˈluɲa]) is an autonomous community in Europe, on the northeastern corner of Spain, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city, Barcelona is the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the fifth-most populous urban area in the European Union.

Why is Catalonia famous?

Catalonia is famous for its culture (celebrities like Antoni Gaudí, Salvador Dalí, Pau Casals, Charlie Rivel, Montserrat Caballé, Josep Carreras, Mercè Rodoreda, Sergi López, Jordi Savall, Judith Mascó, Úrsula Corberó, Johan Cruyff, Oriol Ripol, Kílian Jornet, Pau and Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Gerard Piqué, Pep Guardiola, Roalía and many others were born in Catalonia), for its open, multicultural and Mediterranean capital city Barcelona, for unique mountains like Montserrat, for Football Club Barcelona, for the Independence movement, for the Brave Coast (Costa Brava)…

What is the issue of Catalonia with Spain about?

The answer to this question depends to a great extend on what side is providing the explanation, so let’s see what impartial international observers have to say: BBC: Catalonia crisis in 300 words.

What happens to Catalonia if it becomes independent?

Many economists claim that, since it could manage its own resources and break free from the fiscal plundering (probably the worst in Europe) Catalonia would be a very prosperous country and could cover almost all of its social needs. It is a fact that in Western Europe small countries tend to be richer. Catalan language —which has more speakers than Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Czech or Hungarian— would finally have the recognition it deserves. Catalonia could have a modern and transparent democracy with a really impartial and independent judiciary. Catalonia could also promote its culture all over the world and be represented in official sport competitions.

For what things is Catalonia known?

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See Why is Catalonia famous?

Catalonia. What to visit.

There are so many things to see in Catalonia, from magnificent landscapes to amazing and unique architecture, picturesque villages, surprising museums, routes, mountains, enotourism, thousand-year-old cities… that you would need a whole life to see and enjoy them all. Here are some websites you may find interesting: https://web.gencat.cat/en/temes/turisme/
http://www.catalunya.com/

Catalunya what to do?

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Here are some good sources on what to do in Catalonia:

Time Out Barcelona
Butxaca Magazine (Barcelona)
Time Out Girona
Time Out Tarragona
Time Out Lleida

Catalonia what is happenning?

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Here are some good sources to keep updated about Catalonia:

Ara in English
Catalan News
Catalonia Today
BBC Catalonia
Catalonia EL País

Catalonia what to see

Please note that we transcribed the queries just as they are typed on the search engines by users, keeping all the spelling and grammar mistakes to ensure greater authenticity.

There are so many things to see in Catalonia, from magnificent landscapes to amazing and unique architecture, picturesque villages, surprising museums, routes, mountains, enotourism, thousand-year-old cities… that you would need a whole life to see and enjoy them all. Here are some websites you may find interesting: Government of Catalonia Tourism ; Catalonia

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