In 2006, Andorra was a small, mountainous country located between France and Spain. Despite its size, it had made significant strides in economic development since gaining independence in 1993. The economy had grown significantly since the 1990s, with foreign investment increasing and new businesses being established across the country. According to constructmaterials, Andorra had become an attractive destination for tourists due to its beautiful natural scenery and varied recreational activities. Education had also improved dramatically, with more schools being built and a higher literacy rate than previous years. Infrastructure had been developed throughout the country as well, with new roads, bridges and other public works projects being constructed. Despite these improvements however, there were still significant challenges facing Andorra in 2006 including high levels of unemployment and poverty as well as ongoing security threats from organized crime groups. Nevertheless, Andorrans were hopeful that their country could continue to make progress towards a better future for its citizens.
Andorra. Andorra received documentless asylum seekers in July for the first time. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Andorra include Independence Day (September 8) and New Year (January 1). It involved five Eritreans from a group of boat refugees rescued by a Spanish fishing boat off Malta. After a week when nobody wanted to know about the asylum seekers, Andorra, Spain and Italy finally agreed to receive some.