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Asturias, Spain


 Facts about Asturias

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the region of Asturias

Asturias is located in northern Spain along the Bay of Biscay and is situated in between the regions of Castilla y León, Galicia and Cantabria. The region has an area of 10 604 square kilometres and a population of around 1,1 million with a population density of 101.9 inhabitants per square kilometres Its main cities and towns are Oviedo, Gijón, Avilés, Mieres and Langreo.

The University of Oviedo the public university in Asturias with about 25 000 students offers degrees that cover the most areas of knowledge, for example technical courses, experimental and health sciences, social and juridical sciences and humanities.

The gross value added (GVA) in the region is dominated by the service sector with a percentage of 62 percent, followed by the industrial sector with 22 percent, construction with 14 percent and the primary sector with 1.8 percent, this results in a GDP of € 22 559 per capita in the region.
The service sector also accounts for the highest level of employment with 72 percent. Over all, the unemployment rate in the region is 9,95 percent.

Lastly, the region is experiencing a fairly high average age where 22 percent of the population is 65 years and older.

Asturias is characterized by a diversifies business environment in which projects exist side by side that have been carried out in the fields of information and communication, technology, chemicals, renewable energy and glass; these have channelled the expansion of the economy into new areas of activity in which modern technologies and opening up to the outside world play a fundamental role.

Asturias is actively seeking opportunities and is learning from the experience in other regions. The Economic Development Agency of the Principality of Asturias IDEPA is the reference for business promotion in Asturias. IDEPA, through its Business Innovation Department, aims to encourage the changeover from traditional activities, with low added value, to others making intensive use of advanced technologies. Within this framework, it would be essential for Astureas to take forward investment focusing on new leading markets where services and products for elderly people occupy a major place.