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8 Things About the Catalonia Independence Vote


This time it's the region of Catalonia in Spain. While Scotland's vote proceeded with the blessing of the British government, Spain's vote promises to be more fractious.

Here are a few things about the vote:

1. Catalonia is a rich autonomous region in Spain's north-east, on the border with France. Its inhabitants, called Catalans, number 7.5million. Its capital is Barcelona, the second-largest city in Spain.

2. With a distinct language and culture, many Catalans have long complained they get a raw deal from the government in Madrid, which decides how their taxes are spent.

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