Living in Andorra


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This article has been revised and updated in accordance with the latest amendments to Andorran regulations.Updated August 2023. Andorra offers two different types of residence permits: active residency (linked to…

If you have got this far, it is because you have heard about our little principality and you are contemplating the possibility of coming to live in Andorra.

Andorra, a country that is unique in the world

Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, is Europe’s largest microstate; an independent country covering 468 km2 with around 75,000 inhabitants. Just 5% of our territory is covered by urban areas and infrastructures, leaving the rest as nature intended. Andorra has a unique political system: parliamentary co-principality. Our heads of state, known as Co-Princes, are the Catholic Bishop of Urgell (Joan Enric Vives) and the French president (Emmanuel Macron).
We are also the only country in the world with Catalan as its official language, although almost all our citizens are trilingual (Catalan, Spanish and French/Portuguese). Furthermore, our population is famously cosmopolitan, with 50% being made up of foreigners who mostly hail from Spain, France and Portugal.
Now that we have learned some interesting details about what characterises us, let’s review the other factors that make Andorra such an attractive country to live in.

Living in Andorra means quality of life

Andorra is a country with sprawling expanses of nature. 36% of our territory is covered by protected natural reserves and just 5% is urbanised. The air quality is superb, as is the water. The levels of noise pollution also comply with the optimal targets for quality. And we must not forget the climate, with more than 2,000 hours of sun each year and 4 distinct seasons.
Andorra boasts an enviable healthcare system: we are the world’s leading country in terms of access to and quality of healthcare.
The education system is diverse, public and free: families can choose to enrol their children in the Andorran, Spanish or French system, or at one of the private schools with English as their lingua franca.
To live in Andorra is to live in absolute serenity, since the crime rate is practically zero. Safety, the quality of the atmosphere and environment, a superb healthcare system, and outstanding free public education are just some of the reasons that so many people apply for Andorran residence.

A dynamic economy experiencing rapid growth

Andorra is committed to growth, which is why it is filled with opportunities for employment and for entrepreneurs. Over the last ten years, legislative changes have transformed Andorra into one of the most competitive countries both economically and fiscally, and these changes have simultaneously removed us from the list of tax havens.
With the signing of double taxation treaties, the Tax Information Exchange Agreements with the OECD, the creation of a fiscal framework with reduced taxes at a maximum of 10%, and opening our country to foreign investment, foreign natural and legal persons can find the perfect conditions in Andorra for both living and developing their economic activity.

If you would like to enjoy tax benefits in a country that is synonymous with quality of life, Andorra is the perfect choice. At just two hours from the airports of Barcelona and Toulouse, this oasis in the heart of the Pyrenees offers you the ideal conditions for your day-to-day life and your business.