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Conservation Facts

Population: 84,500
Total Area: 468 km2
Population density: 146 per km2
National Parks: 0
Largest Nature reserve: Comapedrosa Valleys Nature Reserve 1.542,6 ha

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

Magnus Elander

Andorra Galleries

Today Andorra is the biggest of the six smallest states in Europe, covering roughly half the area of the city of Berlin. Despite its small size Swedish photographer Magnus Elander set out for Wild Wonders of Europe to reveal what most people might only notice at a second glance: a wonderful high mountain flora and fauna!

Known to most people only as a skiing and tax paradise with just 37% of the inhabitants having Andorran nationality, the Principat d’Andorra hosts a rich diversity of mountainous plants and wildlife.
Among them such charismatic species like the Bearded and the Griffon Vulture. Or such rarities as Calotriton asper, the threatened Pyrenean Brook Salamander, inhabiting lakes and fast flowing creeks and streams at altitudes up to 2.600 m, the Pyrenean Desman, Aurelio’s rock lizard or Apollo butterflies.
65 peaks of the country reach 2.000 m or more, the Coma Pedrosa being the highest at 2.946 m and even the lowest part of the country is still at 800m. The Mediterranean influence, the rather cool but mostly dry climate and the many mountains still provide some good habitats for species like marmot, Pyrenean chamoix, capercaillie and golden eagle.
Nature parks include the Comapedrosa and Madriu-Perafita-Claror valleys - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and the Sorteny nature reserve, the latter displaying more than 700 species of flowers in mountainous forests, on heathlands and Alpine meadows. 50 of these plant species are endemic to the Pyrenees.

Several specially designed Ecotourism-routes lead nature lovers through these parks and mountain cabins provide shelter and safe campgrounds for extended trips.