- Living in Madrid
Living in Madrid
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The City of Madrid
Madrid, located at the very heart of the Iberian Peninsula, has been the capital of Spain since 1562. It is in the center of the Castilian plain (meseta), 646 meters above sea level. It's the third largest city in the European Union, with a population of 3.2 million in the city and 6.4 million in the metropolitan area.
Madrid and its surroundings form the Comunidad de Madrid, through which flows the Manzanares River. Its neighboring provinces are Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, Guadalajara and Cuenca. To the northwest of the city are the Guadarrama mountains, pine-covered granite slopes that remain snow-capped until mid-May.
Madrid is considered to be the major financial center of the Iberian Peninsula because of its economic output, high standard of living and huge market size. It is a hub that hosts the head offices of the majority of Spain's companies; it is also home to three of the world's largest companies' headquarters: Telefónica, Repsol-YPF and Banco Santander. Madrid covers the banking and industrial sectors as well. Most of the textile, food and metal-work factories are clustered towards the southern fringe of the city.
Not only is the city a business center, but also is the seat for Spain's government and public ministries and home to Spain's Royal Family. Its Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport, Europe's sixth busiest airports, connects the city to the world.
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