A country located in the southwestern part of Europe. It is joined with Portugal, and both together constitute the Iberian Peninsula. Spanish territory is made up of 194,880 square miles (504,740 square kilometers), including the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Its population (1994) is 39.3 million. The predominant religion is Roman Catholicism. There are a large number of agnostics and about 300,000 Protestants. Within the past few years a growing number of Asian religions have been penetrating at a rapid pace into Spain. Spain’s first inhabitants were the Celtics and Iberians. A vast number of Phoenicians and Carthaginians settled in the south of Spain. In all likelihood, the Tartessian Empire was located there, the land to which Jona...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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