What do you know about Catalan culture?!

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Welcome to Barcelona - welcome to Catalunya!

Here some interesting facts about the Catalan culture:

1. People in Catalunya mostly speak 2 languages: Castellano (the "common" spanish) and Catalan, which is typical and the language of Catalunya. Catalan is a romance language which has been spoken for more than 1.000 years. Today, 10 million people speak Catalan - and not only in Spain! People speak it also in Andorra, France and Italy.
Catalan is the 8th most used language on the internet in relation to its speakers. Catalan is the 14th most spoken language in the European Union and the 22nd most translated language in the world. 125 universities in 32 countries teach Catalan.

2. Did you know that catalans have created some of the most important avant-garde masterpieces?
The famous artists Dalí, Miró, Tàpies and Barceló they are all part of the Catalan culture and you can admire their work in many places all over Barcelona.

3. Did you know that Catalunya is the first linguistic and cultural community with an own web domain? Althought Catalunya is not an independent country (not yet wink), there is an own web domain since September 2005, which is .cat

Salvador Dali Elephants4. Did you know that Catalan authors are read and translated all over the world?
A lot of famous authors are catalan.. for example Jaume Cabré, Mercè Rodoreda, Quim Monzó, Carme Riera, Baltasar Porcel, Maria Barbal and the famous Joan Fuster.

5. The catalan food is great and really tasty. But did you know that some of the best chefs in the world are catalan? Ferran Adrià, Carme Ruscadella and Joan Roca are all part of the Catalan culture.

Do want want to learn some catalan expressions before coming to Barcelona? click here

source: flyer from omnium.cat
credits pics:
Joan Miro 
Salvador Dali 


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