Andorra is a small, mountainous country in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, in Western Europe that is not an EU member.
History / Basics
Andorra officially the Principality of Andorra also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorrais a sovereign. Created under a charter in A.D. 988, the present Principality was formed in A.D. 1278. It is known as a principality as it is a monarchy headed by two Co-Princes – the Spanish/Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell and the President of France.
Andorra is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe, having an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi) and a population of approximately 85,000. Its capital Andorra la Vella is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 metres (3,356 ft) above sea level. The official language is Catalan, although Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also commonly spoken.
CAPITAL: Andorra la Vella
FLAG: The national flag is a tricolor of blue, yellow, and red vertical stripes. On the state flag (shown here) the yellow stripe bears the coat of arms.
ANTHEM: The Himne Andorra begins “El gran Carlemany mon pare” (“Great Charlemagne my father”).
MONETARY UNIT: Andorra has no currency of its own; the euro, adopted by both Spain and France, is used. There are coins of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents and 1 euro and 2 euros. There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros. €1 = $1.25475 (or $1 = €0.79697) as of 2005.
HOLIDAYS: New Year’s Day, 1 January; National Festival, 8 September; Christmas, 25 December. Movable religious holidays include Good Friday and Easter Monday.
This is a good option for expatriates who are unsure about committing to a long term move. Andorra’s five celebrated ski resorts offer many jobs for the ski season (typically from mid-December through to April). Positions range from retail, and hospitality to ski instructor roles. Soldeu-El Tartar Resort is Andorra’s largest, and employs many English-speaking staff each season.
If you’re moving to Andorra without a job lined up, you can start your search online as well as making use of classifieds ads.
www.learn4good.com/jobs/language/english/list/country/andorra – limited postings, but does offer opportunties outside the tourism industry.
www.seasonworkers.com/skijobs/resorts/ski-jobs-andorra.aspx – has occasional seasonal ski resort jobs, best to check just before the season starts.
www.andorramania.net/clasificats.htm – classifieds site with some job ads. Available in English, French, Catalan and Spanish.
http://empleo.trovit.es/index.php/cod.search_jobs/what_d.jobs/where_d.Andorra – Find your job in Andorra la Vella, Andorra easily in Trovit.
Thoughts of Other Bloggers and Websites
- Transitions Abroad has a good article on on working in Andorra.
- Living in Andorra talks about the Andorran work permit.
- Andorra Mania has a good one stop shop for Andorra travel information.
- Arsinal Andorra has some good general information on Andorra on this page.
Accommodation / Mobile / Tax Registration
Andorra is really big for skiing. If you are searching for an apartment in this country, check out the resources below as a first option.
http://www.longtermlettings.com/find/rentals/Andorra – Andorra la Monthly Rentals in Andorra.
http://english.habitaclia.com/andorra/flats-andorra_la_vella-i.htm – 1Rent Andorra la Vella rental apartments, rental houses, rental apartments…
http://www.budgetplaces.com/andorra – The best selection of great-value accommodation in the city centre – book with our best price guarantee!
www.propertyandorra.com – Tribune Properties has a wide range of top quality apartments and houses in Andorra.
https://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/rentals/andorra/r11 – Apartments Andorra for rent, Holiday Gites, Villas.
Some other plateforms you may check :
Andorra Telecom is the exclusive telecommunication (internet, telephone, TV) provider of the country. Its website is available in English, Spanish and Catalan. Most of the services provided are though fibre optic cables. When deciding to receive internet services, you can also choose to receive a landline telephone and television.
Income tax, where applicable, will be levied at a maximum rate of 10%, but the watchwords are “where applicable” because of a series of exemptions and reliefs. But let us get to the basics first:
This is defined as being income earned in the form of a salary, a pension or such things as consultancy fees and rental income, whether in Andorra or from outside, and will be taxed as follows:
Income of up to 23.999€ per annum – exempt, Income between 24.000€ and 39.999€ at 5%, Income above 40.000€ at 10% thereafter.