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Regional Identities in Spain

Spain doesn't have a single homogeneous identity. Rather, it consists of different regional identities. Prominent among the distinct traditional regional identities within Spain are the Balearics, Basques, Castilians, Catalans, Galicians and Valencians, among others.

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Balearics

This autonomous community stay on the Balearic islands (Islas Baleares) consisting of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. They speak Catalan and Spanish.

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Basques

The Basques (Vascos) are an ethnic group that lives in the Basque Country. Important cities include Bilbao (in Biscay), San Sebastian (in Gipuzkoa) and Vitoria-Gasteiz (in Alava). The Basque people speak Basque and Spanish.

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Castilians

They live mainly in Castile-La Mancha, Madrid, and the major part of Castile and Leon. They speak Castilian (castellano). Outside Spain, Castilian is usually referred as Spanish, alongside espagnol.

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Catalans

The vast majority of Catalans reside in the autonomous community of Catalonia, one of the richest and most well-developed regions in Southern Europe. The Catalans are known for their pragmatic attitude towards life. Catalan language has common features with French and Portuguese.

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Galicians

The Galicians are an ethnic group, a nationality whose historical homeland is Galicia, which is located in the north-west of Spain. Galicians have a rich cultural heritage that is shared by their neighbors from Portugal. Most Galicians are bilingual, speaking both their historic language, Galician, as well as Castilian.

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Valencians

The Valencians are an ethnic group or nationality whose homeland is the Valencian Community (Comunidad Valenciana), a historical region in eastern Spain. Comunidad Valenciana is divided into 3 provinces: Alicante, Valencia and Castellon. Paella originated in this community and is considered by Valencians as their main national dish.

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