Ajuntament de Barcelona
Placa Sant Jaume s/n
08002 Barcelona Barcelona
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a country whose nation boasts a long history, enjoying self-government as an autonomous region in the Spanish State. It is situated on the north-east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, facing the Mediterranean Sea and bordered by Andorra and France along its north. Catalonia also has its own language, Catalan, which grew out of Latin, as did Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. Catalan is its official language, together with Spanish, and is used regularly in every walk of life. In addition, most of the people working in international trade and the country's main tourist areas speak English and other languages as well. Barcelona has always attracted people from all over the world, making it even more multilingual and special. It is the people living there, with their different backgrounds and cultures, who make it so cosmopolitan, diverse and intercultural.
One of the biggest metropolitan areas in Europe has grown up around the capital, consolidating Barcelona as an outstanding business, technological and industrial centre, as well as a major economic powerhouse. In fact, the city has always stood out for its intensive business and commercial activities and proved its ability to modernise and adapt itself to the new times. It has become such a magnet for global talent that it is now a European centre for business creation, especially in leading sectors such as information and communication technologies, biotechnology, sustainability, design and aeronautics. The city also plays host to several of world's most important international trade fairs, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Barcelona Meeting Point. Innovation is another Barcelona's hallmarks: it is the number-one smart city in the Spanish State and the fourth in Europe. It is also one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world and the life expectancy of its residents is among the highest in Europe.