Last Updated 10 November 2016

Andorra is a co-Principality with a democratic parliamentary system. The President of France and the Bishop of Urgell are co-princes of Andorra.

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Constitution and government

The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom of opinion and expression. However, the constitution grants a special status to the Catholic Church “in accordance with Andorran tradition” and recognizes the “full legal capacity” of the bodies of the Catholic Church, granting them legal status “in accordance with their own rules.”

The Catholic Bishop of Urgell (a diocese that is mostly in Spain but also includes Andorra) automatically serves as one of the two princes of the country (the Bishop of Urgell serves equally as joint head of state with the president of France).

The Catholic Church also receives some special privileges not available to other religious groups; for example, the government pays the salaries of the Catholic priests.

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