Basque Country (greater region)

The Basque Country (Basque: Euskal Herria; Spanish: País Vasco; French: Pays basque) is the name given to the home of the Basque people.[1] The Basque country is located in the western Pyrenees, straddling the border between France and Spain on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. Euskal Herria is the oldest documented Basque name for the area they inhabit, dating from the 16th century.[2]

Basque Country
Euskal Herria
Motto: Zazpiak Bat (The seven are one)
Location of the Basque Country
The seven historical provinces usually included in the definition of the greater region of the Basque Country.
Largest cityBilbao
Official languagesBasque
20,947 km2 (8,088 sq mi)
 2017 estimate
150.65/km2 (390.2/sq mi)
CurrencyEuro (€) (EUR)

It comprises the Autonomous Communities of the Basque Country and Navarre in Spain and the Northern Basque Country in France. The region is home to the Basque people (Basque: Euskaldunak), their language (Basque: Euskara), culture and traditions. The area is neither linguistically nor culturally homogeneous, and certain areas have a majority of people who do not consider themselves Basque, such as the south of Navarre.[3]