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Today, 39 years ago, Spain formally became a constitutional, democratic monarchy. It was only after this constitution and many years of sustained democracy that Spain was allowed into Europe.

Today, 39 years ago, Spain formally became a constitutional, democratic monarchy. It was only after this constitution and many years of sustained democracy that Spain was allowed into Europe.

Pretty sure they've always been in Europe.

It was only after this constitution and many years of sustained democracy that Spain was allowed into Europe

TIL - 6 years is "many years" in Spain.

Turns out Spain floated against France only like 40 years ago

That means the Pyrenees grew close to 100m/year

Morocco is number 105 on the democracy index according to the EIU, which classifies it as a "hybrid regime".

Brazil is number 51, and is classified as a "flawed democracy".

Spain is number 17. Just below the UK.

Corruption in Spain is quite worrying (and rampant), however, and that's undeniable. Spain also maintains the D'Hondt electoral law which persistently preserves the preeminence of establishment parties, both of which are stagnant. Don't understand I'm saying that Spain is an ideal democracy - but I think it's not right to compare it to Morocco or Brazil.

Total population change (2010-2017)

Total population change (2010-2017)
Here is the percentage population change version (2000 - 2017)

What is happening in Portugal?

While Slovaks might be somewhat slow and half of the country works in Kia car factory, it's not SLOW-A-KIA 😃 (I get that you spell it with "w" in German, though 😊)

It's nice that you take the interest, but please review your data. Portugal's dictatorship ended in 1974. The progression after that was quite fast and amazing till we joined the euro - which arguably we were not ready for - then we went into stagnation and eventually a crisis. We're a very peripheral country in Europe - doesn't help, and spent a good part of the 20th century fighting a war in Africa. 

Our strong migration trends have positives and negatives, on one side the unemployment is always much lower than Spain's and people may eventually go back and bring cash and knowledge... but in the meanwhile there's a brain drain.

The country is doing much better for a couple of years, let's hope it continues and that attracts back some of the people it lost. I believe that at least with the UK, one of the most popular destinations during the crisis, there will be a reversed trend in the near future.

Edit: that said, population growth gives indications of the country's attractiveness but in itself it's not necessarily a good thing. I don't want a demographic boom, in fact I think Portugal has a very pleasant population density, I would just redistribute a bit. Less suburbs in Porto and Lisbon, some more medium sized cities in the interior. That would be ideal. But no need to go further than 10 millions. A stable population should be the goal for a sustainable country.

And if we increase the time scale, we get a slight increase for the last 17 years (https://i.imgur.com/Sqqk2mi.png) thanks /u/mark_b.

It's nice that you take the interest, but please review your data. Portugal's dictatorship ended in 1974. The progression after that was quite fast and amazing till we joined the euro - which arguably we were not ready for - then we went into stagnation and eventually a crisis. We're a very peripheral country in Europe - doesn't help, and spent a good part of the 20th century fighting a war in Africa.

Our strong migration trends have positives and negatives, on one side the unemployment is always much lower than Spain's and people may eventually go back and bring cash and knowledge... but in the meanwhile there's a brain drain.

The country is doing much better for a couple of years, let's hope it continues and that attracts back some of the people it lost. I believe that at least with the UK, one of the most popular destinations during the crisis, there will be a reversed trend in the near future.

Edit: that said, population growth gives indications of the country's attractiveness but in itself it's not necessarily a good thing. I don't want a demographic boom, in fact I think Portugal has a very pleasant population density, I would just redistribute a bit. Less suburbs in Porto and Lisbon, some more medium sized cities in the interior. That would be ideal. But no need to go further than 10 millions. A stable population should be the goal for a sustainable country.

And if we increase the time scale, we get a slight increase for the last 17 years () thanks /u/mark_b.

This is a christmas tree at a supermarket, in Portugal...

This is a christmas tree at a supermarket, in Portugal...

Watch out or Lady Gaga will wear it as a dress

PORTUGAL CARALHO!

Everyone in Portugal should have one in their homes. /s

Looks like the Christmas of my dreams!

Angry villagers upset over slow broadband speeds burn effigy of BT Openreach van

Angry villagers upset over slow broadband speeds burn effigy of BT Openreach van

In these dark times of brexit it's nice that there's something my country is doing that makes me proud

In case you are not aware this was on Guy Fawkes night when it is traditional to burn bonfires to commemorate Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up parliament.

Traditionally an effigy of Guy Fawkes is burnt but recently people have started to burn other things like effigies of Donald Trump and this. Fair play to them to raise the issue of slow broadband!

So yes, this is a fairly normal event in the U.K. on that night.

Is..uh..everything OK in the UK?

This is a time honoured tradition, be more worried if we don't burn effigies

On this day, a 100 years ago, Finland declared its independence. Happy birthday, Finland!

On this day, a 100 years ago, Finland declared its independence. Happy birthday, Finland!

Happy independence day Finland! 100 years!

I like how everyone is happy about it and yet they are all against independence of Catalonia, Scotland, etc

The day turned in Finland and this is the 100th independence day for our beloved nation!

The day turned in Finland and this is the 100th independence day for our beloved nation!

Beautiful country and a beautiful flag!

Happy Independence Day Finland!

Happy birthday, Independent Finland.

Never met a Finn I haven't liked. Or one who talked too much.

Finlandia hymn

Happy independence day fellow top-of-all -the-lists country!

Happy 100th anniversary Finland!

Happy 100th anniversary Finland!

Happy anniversary Finland from Taiwan! I am proud that I learn Finnish! Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää! Olen ylpeä siitä, että opin suomea!

Happy independence day Finland! 100 years!

I'm so happy with all of the warm gestures by countries around the world, it's weird. I didn't anticipate it, but I definitely appreciate it.

Finlandia hymn

This is Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the creator of the VLC media player, he refused tens of millions of euros in order to keep VLC ads-free. Merci, Jean!

This is Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the creator of the VLC media player, he refused tens of millions of euros in order to keep VLC ads-free. Merci, Jean!

Hey guys|girls,

This is me. It's a bit weird (and off-topic) to see me on /sub/europe.

Ask me anything, I guess.

PS: I did not create VLC. I joined the Ecole Centrale Paris in 2003, and I've been leading the project since 2007. I created the VideoLAN non-profit though :)

PPS: not my best photo

EDIT: obligatory "thanks for the gold" edit.

EDIT2: I'll do a proper AMA in the next weeks, since some people seem to care :)

EDIT3: thanks for the flair!

Send me some beer?

EDIT: as this exploded (RIP inbox), I'll give you pictures of the VLC beer I made! (See child comment)

Rather than wondering how we can make more people built privacy breaking, data monetising, tax evading giants like Facebook, maybe we should be wondering how we can support people like him.

Just wanted to drop in and say thank you for all you've done with VLC, loving it <3

National Symbols of Greece

National Symbols of Greece

Yes! I'll make sure to post them all.

This is cool. Are there any more of these for other countries?

Drink enough of our national drink, and you'll see plenty of them.

No olive oil? Booooooo!

Try one of these subthreads