Place:Vascongadas, Spain


Alt namesBasque Country
Basque Provincessource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 121
Basque regionsource: Family History Library Catalog
Basque Republicsource: Times Atlas of World History (1993) p 338
Euskadisource: Wikipedia
Euskal Herriasource: Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-) accessed 1 June 2003
Euskardisource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) I, 943-944
País Vascosource: Getty Vocabulary Program
País Vascosource: Wikipedia
Provincias Vascongadassource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 121
Vascongadassource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeAutonomous community
Coordinates43.0°N 2.5°W
Located inSpain     (1979 - )
Contained Places
Guipúzcoa ( 1980 - )
Vizcaya ( 1980 - )
Álava ( 1980 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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The Basque Country, officially the Basque Autonomous Community (EAE; , CAV) is an autonomous community in northern Spain. It includes the Basque provinces of Álava, Biscay, and Gipuzkoa.

The Basque Country or Basque Autonomous Community was granted the status of nationality within Spain, attributed by the Spanish Constitution of 1978. The autonomous community is based on the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country, a foundational legal document providing the framework for the development of the Basque people on Spanish soil, although the territory of Navarre was left out and made into a separate autonomous community.

Currently there is no official capital in the autonomous community, but the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, in the province of Álava, is the de facto capital as the location of the Basque Parliament, the headquarters of the Basque Government, and the residence of the President of the Basque Autonomous Community (the Palace of Ajuria Enea). The High Court of Justice of the Basque Country has its headquarters in the city of Bilbao. Whilst Vitoria-Gasteiz is the largest municipality in area, with 277 km2 (107 sq mi), Bilbao is the largest in population, with 353,187 people, located in the province of Biscay within a conurbation of 875,552 people.

The term Basque Country may also refer to the larger cultural region (Basque: Euskal Herria), the home of the Basque people, which includes the autonomous community.

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