Democracy: You Can Thank the King for It

Travel Tips — By Sarah E. Rogers on December 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Today, December 6, commemorates the passage of Spain’s Constitution in 1978 and is celebrated as a holiday in all of Spain. However, Spaniards typically use the day off work to socialize with friends and family, and Madrid’s downtown area is particularly jam packed.

King Juan Carlos I inherited control of Spain from deceased dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. Yet instead of maintaining an authoritarian type of rule, the King led the country towards democracy, which culminated in the democratic elections of 1977 and the referendum of Spain’s Constitution in 1978.

Though Spanish democracy originated with the monarchy, Spaniards today are very proud of their democratic system.

[Photo: Miguillen]

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