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About Andorra

About Andorra: Andorra is located in the Pyrenees Mountains that form a part of the border between Spain and France. Living in Andorra provides a high quality of life with the bonus of a low tax jurisdiction; it also provides a collection of some fantastic ski slopes in the winter, and in the Summer mountain bike parks, hiking and horseback trails, all this within breathtaking mountain scenery. Don’t forget the Duty Free Shopping, and world class private Banking!

As you explore and learn about its qualities and advantages, you will discover why Andorra fully deserves the title of The World’s Best Kept Secret. Here at A.P.P. we believe that there is no other country on earth that can offer the advantages that Andorra can give you, and that will dramatically change your life, and the life of your family, for the better.

Andorra is located high amidst the Pyrenees Mountains that form a part of the border between Spain and France. Although it is one of the world’s least known countries, some of its most recognisable traits are its universally low taxation system; one of the world’s highest rates of human longevity; a range of some of the globe’s best ski slopes in the winter; mountain bike parks, hiking and horseback trails in the summer; breathtaking mountain scenery with national parks of stunning natural beauty; Duty Free shopping in the bustling commercial capital; and world class Private Banking.

The Principality of Andorra is located at 42° 30’N, 1° 30’E, cradled high in the Pyrenees Mountains between the north of Spain and the south of France, approximately 200km from Barcelona and 206km from Toulouse. It is a Sovereign State with its own Constitution as of March 1993, and a democratically elected Government as of December 1993. Andorra’s main attractions are its natural beauty, outdoor sporting activities throughout Summer, and the skiing throughout the Winter months. To the foreign investor or resident, Andorra is renowned for its Private Banking and for being recognized as Europe’s most competitive fiscal jurisdiction.

In the 9th Century, Charlemagne commended the Andorran people for their bravery in fighting the Moors during Charlemagne’s successful campaign to drive the Islamic invaders from France and the Spanish peninsula. Since 872, Andorra has been an independent buffer state and is the last remaining one in the region from that epoch. In 1278 Andorra agreed the Treaty of the Pariatges, a feudal charter signed in Lerida (Spain) on 8 September 1278. This was a lay and ecclesiastical agreement between the Count of Foix, Roger-Bernard III, and the Bishop of Urgel, Pere d’Urg, establishing their joint sovereignty over the territory of Andorra and geographically outlining the borders of Andorra with their neighbours, Spain and France, which have remained unchanged since then.

Andorra has no army and has been a “neutral” state since pre-Napoleonic times, although it did allow French troops into the country to protect Andorra from the influence of the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s Spain. Throughout the Second World War young and fit Andorrans acted as “Passadors” giving safe passage to fleeing Jews and downed Allied pilots from occupied France through to the British Embassy in Barcelona. In 1958 it came to light that Andorra was the only European Country not to have signed the Treaty of the Versailles, significantly meaning that the Andorrans were in fact still at War with the Germans. Andorran heads of state signed the Treaty that same year.

Today Andorra is a modern, cosmopolitan country with a population of 69 000 people, attracting over 8 000 000 tourists a year owing largely to its tax free shopping and fantastic skiing facilities. Since self-government in 1993, Andorra has grown rapidly to become an international finance centre, and a residence for high-net-worth individuals who seek a more competitive taxation system to that in their own countries.