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Basque Country (greater region)

Basque Country (greater region)
Euskal Herria Basque Country

communities of the Basque Country and Navarre in Spain and then the Northern Basque Country in France. It roughly corresponds with the homeland of the Basque language and Basque traditions. As such, it is a concept mostly used within Basque nationalism.

Geography
The modern claim of the extension of Basque Country, coined in the nineteenth century, is made up of seven traditional regions. The four regions within the Spain, or Laurak Bat, form Hegoalde (“the South”), while the three within France form Iparralde ("the North").

Location of the Basque Country

Southern Basque Country
The Southern Basque Country (Spanish: País Vasco, Basque: Hegoalde) includes the provinces of: • Alava (Álava in Spanish, Araba in Basque), capital Vitoria, (Vitoria-Gasteiz, officially). Vitoria is also the capital of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. Other cities are Laudio and Amurrio. • Treviño, a Castilian enclave in Alava, is also claimed as Basque under this concept. • Biscay (Vizcaya in Spanish, Bizkaia in Basque), capital Bilbao (Bilbo in Basque). Other cities are Gernika-Lumo, Getxo, Barakaldo, Portugalete, Bermeo, Durango, Sestao. • Valle de Villaverde, a Cantabrian enclave in Biscay, is also claimed as Basque under this concept. • Guipuscoa (Guipúzcoa in Spanish, Gipuzkoa in Basque), capital San Sebastian, (Donostia, in Basque). Other cities are Errenteria, Irun, Zarautz, Eibar and Tolosa. • Navarre (Navarra in Spanish, Nafarroa in Basque), capital Pamplona, (Iruñea, in Basque). Other cities are Tafalla, Tudela, Lizarra (Estella in Spanish). Navarre is currently a separate autonomous community, although the Spanish

The seven provinces that Basque nationalism claims as historical Basque Country span France (light yellow) and Spain (rest of the map). The non-Basque enclaves of Valle de Villaverde and Treviño are pictured in red and blue, respectively. Names in this map are in Basque

Largest city Population 2006 estimate Density

Bilbao 3,007,661 143.5/km2 371.7/sq mi

The Basque Country (Basque: Euskal Herria, Spanish: País Vasco, French: Pays Basque) as a cultural region (not to be confused with the homonym Autonomous Community of the Basque country) is a European region in the western Pyrenees that spans the border between France and Spain, on the Atlantic coast. It comprises the autonomous

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Constitution of 1978 states that it may become a part of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country if it is so decided by the people and institutions of Navarre. Note that the map above depicts the modern boundaries of the Autonomous Region of Navarre (close to those of the Kingdom of Navarre before it was integrated with the other Iberian kingdoms to form Spain in the Middle Ages), not the extension of Basque language, which would encompass only the northern half of Navarre and Alava.

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capital: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Basque: Donibane Garazi) • Lapurdi (Labourd in French), traditional capitals: Bayonne (Basque: Baiona) and Ustaritz (Basque: Uztaritze) • Zuberoa (Soule in French), capital Mauléon (Basque: Maule)

History
According to some theories, Basques may be the least assimilated remnant of the Paleolithic inhabitants of Western Europe (specifically those of the Franco-Cantabrian region) to the Indo-European migrations. Basque tribes were mentioned by Roman writers Strabo and Pliny, including the Vascones, the Aquitani and others. There is some evidence to show that they already spoke Basque in that time (see Aquitanian language). All other tribes in the Iberian Peninsula had been linguistically and culturally assimilated by Roman culture and language to a great extent by the end of the Roman period. The Basques were also greatly influenced by Roman culture and language, and might have become fully assimilated in a few hundred years had the Roman world not collapsed. In the Early Middle Ages, the territory between the Ebro and Garonne rivers, known as Vasconia, was for very short periods partially under the control of the Dukes of Vasconia. After the Moorish invasions and the Frankish expansion under Charlemagne, the territory was again fragmented and eventually the Kingdom of Pamplona arose as the main state in the area in the 9th century. This state, later known as Navarre, was partially annexed to the Kingdom of Castile in the 11th and 12th century and 1512-21. The remainder of Navarre was united to France. The three western provinces (Araba, Biscay, Gipuzkoa) had already joined through voluntary agreements the kingdom of Castile and helped to integrate Navarre into Castile. Nevertheless the Basque provinces enjoyed a great deal of self-government until the French Revolution in the North, and until after the Carlist Wars in the South. Since then, a section of the Basque society has always been struggling to achieve independence as a sovereign nation-state (see Basque nationalism).

Northern Basque Country

Town of Maule (Mauléon) in Zuberoa (Soule)

San Sebastian or Donostia in the Basque language The French provinces lost their administrative meaning after the French Revolution. The Northern Basque Country forms part of the French département of Pyrénées Atlantiques with the former province of Bearn. The département is part of the region of Aquitaine. • Lower Navarre (Behe Nafarroa in Basque, Basse-Navarre in French). Traditional

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Demographics

Biggest cities

1. Bilbao 354,145 inhabitants The Basque Country has a population of 2. Vitoria-Gasteiz 227,568 inhabitants about 3,000,000 as of early 2006. The popu3. Pamplona 195,769 inhabitants lation density, at about 140/km² (360/sq. 4. Donostia-San Sebastian 183,308 mile) is above the average of Spain or inhabitants France, but the distribution of the population 5. Barakaldo 95,640 inhabitants is fairly unequal and it is concentrated 6. Getxo 82,327 inhabitants around the main cities. The Greater Bilbao 7. Irun 60,261 inhabitants metropolitan area concentrates a third of the 8. Portugalete 49,118 inhabitants total population, whilst most of the interior of 9. Santurtzi 47,320 inhabitants the French Basque Country and some areas 10. Bayonne 44,300 inhabitants of Navarre remain sparsely populated : density culminates at about 500/km² for Biscay Non-Basque minorities in the but goes down at 20/km² in the northern inBasque Country ner provinces of Lower Navarre and Soule[1]. A significant majority of the population of Historical minorities the Basque country live inside the Basque As in the rest of Spain, the roads of the Autonomous Community (about 2,100,000, Basque Country were travelled by nomadic that is 70% of the population) while about Gypsies (Romani people, Basque: Ijitoak) and 600,000 live in Navarre (20% of the populaMercheros (Quinqui-speakers), who related tion) and about 250,000 (less than 10%) in to the peasant society as traveling cattle merNorthern Basque Country. chants and artisans. After industrialization, they settled in slums near the big cities. The Sources for population numbers: Datutalaia French Basque Country and Guipuzcoa were and INE also visited by another branch of Romas of José Aranda Aznar writes[2] that 30% of Balkan origin (known in the Basque Country the population in the Basque Country as buhameak, equivalent to the English BoAutonomous Community were born in other hemians). Some Basque Roma used to have a regions of Spain and that 40% of the people mixed Basque-Romany variant.[5] living in that territory do not have a single Both sides of the Pyrenees were home to a Basque parent. despised minority, the Agotes (also cagots). Most of these peoples of Castilian and They were not a people apart, but lived as Galician stock arrived to the Basque untouchables in Basque villages and were alAutonomous Community in the late 19th cenlowed to marry only among themselves. Their tury and along the 20th century, as the reorigin is hidden by legends and superstitions. gion became more and more industrialized In the modern society, they have mostly asand prosperous and additional workers were similated into the general society. needed to support the economic growth. SibIn the Middle Ages, many so-called Franks lings of immigrants from other parts of Spain of Occitan language settled along the Way of have been since considered Basque for the Saint James in Navarre and Guipuscoa but most part. were eventually assimilated. Navarre also Over the last 25 years, some 380,000 held Jewish and Muslim minorities but these people have left the Basque Autonomous were expelled or forced to assimilate after Community, from which some 230,000 moved the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. to other parts of Spain. While certainly many One of the most outstanding members of of them are people returning to their hometsuch minorities was Benjamin of Tudela. owns when starting their retirement, there is also, according to some sources, a sizeable Recent immigrants tract of Basque natives in this group who has Since the 1980s, the Basque Country –espemoved due to a Basque nationalist political cially in its largest cities– has received an inenvironment (including ETA’s killings) which creasing number of overseas immigrants, [3]. These they regard increasingly hostile mostly from Eastern Europe, North Africa, have been quoted to be as much as 10% of Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South the population in the Basque Community[4]. Asia, and China.

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especially, in the Northern Basque country is low. • Eusko Alkartasuna (EA) (Basque Solidarity). They broke away from EAJ in 1984, under the leadership of charismatic lehendakari Carlos Garaikoetxea,[6] as EAJ-PNV had pacted with the Spanish right in Navarre (against the opinion of the local federation) in exchange for support in Bilbao. They are defined as social-democrats and are quite more emphatic in their nationalist claims. • Batasuna (Unity) was formerly known as Herri Batasuna (People’s Union) and Euskal Heritarrok (We Basque Citizens). Its ideology is radical nationalist and socialist. It was declared illegal in 2003 after the Spanish parliament passed a new Law of Political Parties, due to its relation with the terrorist organization ETA. It used to have representation in the Southern Basque Country, including Navarre, where it is the main Basque independentist force (the last year they were able to participate in elections of Navarra was 1999, getting %15,58 of the votes, and the second nationalist party, EA/EAJ-PNV got just %5.44), (even if it’s now forbidden to run in the elections). Its presence in the Northern Basque country is very low. (see also Eusko Abertzale Ekintza and Communist Party of the Basque Homelands)

Universities
The earliest university in the Basque Country was the University of Oñate, founded in 1540 in Hernani and moved to Oñate in 1548. It lasted in various forms until 1901. [3] In 1868 there was an unsuccessful effort to establish a Basque-Navarrese University. The Jesuits founded the University of Deusto in Deusto (now a Bilbao neighbourhood) by the turn of the century, with another later campus in San Sebastián. The first modern Basque public university was the Basque University, founded November 18, 1936 by the autonomous basque government in Bilbao in the midst of the Spanish Civil War. It operated only briefly before the government’s defeat by Francisco Franco’s fascist forces. [4]. Several universities, originally teaching only in Spanish, were founded in the Basque region in the Franco era. One of those, the University of Bilbao, has now evolved into the University of the Basque Country with campuses in the three western provinces. In Navarre, Opus Dei manages the University of Navarre with another campus in San Sebastián. Additionally there is also the Public University of Navarre managed by the Navarrese Foral Government. Mondragón Corporación Cooperativa has established its institutions for superior education as the Mondragon University, based in Mondragón and nearby towns. There are numerous other significant Basque cultural institutions in the Basque Country and elsewhere. Most Basque organizations in the United States are affiliated with NABO (North American Basque Organizations, Inc.).

Parties with presence only in the Northern Basque Country
• French Socialist Party, social-democrat, France-wide. • Union for a Popular Movement, conservative, France-wide. • Abertzaleen Batasuna (Patriots’ Union): the radical left wing Basque nationalist force of the North. • EH BAI: It is a coalition party formed by Abertzaleen Batasuna and EA.

Political parties
Parties with presence in all the Basque Country
• The Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNVPNB) is the oldest of all nationalist parties, having more than 100 years of history. It is christian-democrat and has evolved towards rather moderate positions though it still keeps the demand for selfdetermination and eventual independence. It is the main party in the Basque Autonomous Community (BAC) and is the most voted party (about 40% population), but its presence in Navarre and,

Parties with presence in all of the Southern Basque Country
• Spanish Socialist Worker Party (PSOE), social-democrat, with its branches: • PSE-EE (Mixed Spanish and Basque acronym for: Socialist Party of the Basque Country - Basque Country’s Left) in the Basque Autonomous Community (BAC)

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• PSN (Socialist Party of Navarre) in Navarre • People’s Party (PP), conservative, with its branches: • Partido Popular de Navarra (People’s Party of Navarre) in Navarre • Partido Popular del País Vasco (People’s Party of The Basque Country) in the BAC • United Left (IU), left-wing around the former Communist Party, federalist and republican, with its branches: • Ezker Batua (United Left) (EB-IU) in the BAC • Izquierda Unida de Navarra (United Left of Navarre) (IUN) in Navarre • Aralar: a breakaway faction separated from Batasuna, stronger in Navarre. Independentist and left-leaning, rejects the use of violence.

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Percentage of fluent speakers of Basque. Those areas where Basque is not a native language are included within the 0-20% interval) ethnic minority groups, Spain has, at most points in its history, granted some degree of linguistic, cultural, and political autonomy to its Basques, but under the regime of Francisco Franco, the Spanish government reversed the advances of Basque nationalism, as it had fought on the republican side of the Spanish Civil War in Guipúzcoa and Biscay. In general, during these years, cultural activity in Basque was limited to folkloric issues and the Roman Catholic Church, while a higher, yet still limited degree of tolerance was granted to Basque culture and language in Álava and Navarre, since both areas mostly supported Francoist troops during the war. Nowadays, the Basque Country within Spain enjoys an extensive cultural and political autonomy and Basque is an official language along with Spanish. It is spoken by approximately a quarter of the total Basque Country, being its stronghold in the contiguous area formed by Guipúzcoa, northern Navarre and the pyrenean French valleys. It is not spoken in most of Álava, western Biscay and the southern half of Navarre. Of a total estimation of some 650,000 Basque speakers, approximately 550,000 live in the Spanish Basque country, the rest in the French.[7] The Basque education system in Spain has three types of schools differentiated by their linguistic teaching models: A, B and D. Model D, with education entirely in Basque, and Spanish as a compulsory subject, is the most widely chosen model by parents. In Navarre

Parties with presence only in Navarre
• Navarrese People’s Union, formerly attached to People’s Party. • Democratic Convergence of Navarre (CDN), center-right regionalist, a schism of UPN. • Batzarre (Assembly), left-wing coalition around neo-communist Zutik (Stand), mostly internationalist but favorable to self-determination. • Eusko Alkartasuna, Aralar, Batzarre and EAJ-PNV run together to the latest Navarrese elections under the name Nafarroa Bai (Yes to Navarre)

The nationalism issue
Language
In the historical process of forging themselves as nation-states, both Spanish and French governments have, at times, tried to suppress Basque linguistic identity. The language chosen for public education is the most obvious expression of this phenomenon. In this regard, it must be noted that the current Batua standard of the Basque language was only introduced by the end of the 20th century, which helped this language being generally perceived until recently –also by its speakers– as a language not fit for educational purposes. While the French Republics –the epitome of the nation-state– have a long history of attempting the complete cultural absorption of

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there is an additional G model, with education entirely in Spanish. In Navarre the ruling conservative government of Unión del Pueblo Navarro opposes Basque nationalist attempts to provide education in Basque through all Navarre (which would include areas where it is not traditionally spoken). Basque language teaching in the public education network is therefore limited to the Basque speaking north and central regions. In the central region, Basque teaching in the public education network is fairly limited, and part of the existing demand is served via private schools or ikastolak. Spanish is spoken by the entire population, with few exceptions in remote rural areas. The situation of the Basque language in the northern Basque Country is tenuous, where monolingual public schooling in French exert great pressure on the Basque language. Basque teaching is mainly in private schools, or ikastolak.

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recognized in the Spanish Constitution of 1978, some Basques abstained and some even voted against it in the referendum of December 6 of that year. However, it was approved by a clear majority at the Spanish level, and simple majority at Navarrese and Basque levels. The derived autonomous regimes for the BAC was approved in later referendum but the autonomy of Navarre (amejoramiento del fuero: "improvement of the charter") was never subject to referendum but just approved by the Navarrese Cortes (parliament). There are not many sources on the issue for the French Basque country.

ETA
Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) is recognized as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States. In 2006 ETA declared a "permanent ceasefire", after nearly 40 years fighting for independence from Spanish and French authorities and the annexation of all Basque lands to a united, socialist state. In June 2007 ETA officially ended the "permanent ceasefire". Since then it has committed several bomb attacks and assassinations.

Political status and violence

Sports

The Ikurriña, the official flag of the Autonomous Basque Community, also used informally in Navarre, the Northern Basque country and abroad Since the 19th century, Basque nationalism has demanded the right of some kind of selfdetermination, which is supported by 60% of Basques in the Spanish Basque country autonomous community, and independence, which would be supported in this same territory, according to a poll, by approximately 25% [5] of them, proving that the desire for independence is steadily decreasing as this is 5% less than in the previous poll. This desire for independence is particularly stressed among leftist Basque nationalists. The right of self-determination was asserted by the Basque Parliament in 1990, 2002 and 2006.[8] Since self-determination is not

Liverpool FC’s star midfielder Xabi Alonso The Basque Country has also contributed some sportsmen, primarily in football, cycling, jai-alai, rugby union and surfing. The main sport in the Basque Country, as in the rest of Spain and much of France, is football. The top teams Athletic Bilbao, Real

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Sociedad,Osasuna, Eibar, Alavés and Barakaldo are a fixture in the Spanish national league. Athletic Bilbao has a policy of hiring only Basque players. This policy has been applied with variable flexibility. Football is not that popular in the north but the region has produced two very wellknown football players, Bixente Lizarazu and Didier Deschamps. Cycling as a sport is very popular in the Basque Country. Cycling races often see Basque fans lining the roads wearing orange, the corporate color of the telco Euskaltel, coining the term the orange crush during the Pyrenees stages of the Tour de France. Miguel Indurain was born in Atarrabia (Navarre), and he won 5 French Tours. Fellow Basque cyclist Abraham Olano has won the Vuelta a España and the World Cycling Championship. The Euskaltel-Euskadi cycling team is a commercial team. Present and former members of the team have been strong contenders in the Tour de France held annually in July and La Vuelta a España held in September. Team leaders have included riders such as Iban Mayo, Haimar Zubeldia and David Etxebarria. In the north, rugby union is another popular sport with the Basque community. In Biarritz, the local club is Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque, the name referencing the club’s Basque heritage. They wear red, white and green, and supporters wave the Basque flag in the stands. They also recognize 16 other clubs as "Basque-friendly". The most famous Biarritz & Basque player is the legendary French fullback Serge Blanco, whose mother was Basque. Michel Celaya captained both Biarritz and France. French number 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, currently battling injury problems, is also a Biarritz & Basque player. Before the banning of rugby league in 1940, a Basque club was the last to celebrate winning the cup. Aviron Bayonnais is another top club with some Basque ties. Pelota (Jai Alai) is the Basque version of the European game family that includes real tennis and squash. Basque players, playing for either the Spanish or the French teams, dominate international competitions. Mountaineering is favoured by the mountainous character of Basque terrain and nearness of the Pyrenees. Juanito Oiarzabal (from Vitoria), holds the world record for number of

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climbs above 8,000 meters, with 21. There are also great sport climbers in the Basque Country, such as, Josune Bereziartu, the only female to have climbed the grade 9a/5.14d; and Iker Pou, one of the most versatile climbers in the world. One of the top basketball clubs in Europe, Tau Cerámica, is located in Vitoria-Gasteiz. In recent years surfing has taken off on the Basque shores, and Mundaka and Biarritz have become spots on the world surf circuit.

Traditional Basque sports

See also
• • • • • • • Basque Country (autonomous community) Northern Basque Country, in France Category:Basque Basque people Basque cuisine Basque Mythology List of active autonomist and secessionist movements • Nationalities in Spain • List of Basques

References
[1] A very readable map of population density for each municipality can be consulted online on the website muturzikin.com [2] "La mezcla del pueblo vasco", Empiria: Revista de metodología de ciencias sociales, ISSN 1139-5737, Nº 1, 1998, pags. 121-180. [3] [1] [4] [2] [5] Erromintxela: Notas para una investigación sociolingüística, Oscar Vizarraga. [6] Ilkka Nordberg. Regionalism and revenue. The moderate Basque Nationalist Party, PNV, 1980–1998. Doctoral dissertation: Department of History, University of Helsinki, 2005 [7] Basque language - English Pen [8] EITB: Basque parliament adopts resolution on self-determination

External links
• Eusko Jaurlaritza/Basque Government • Basque Country (Travel guide)

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• The Basque People in the Middle Ages (historical article) • Buber’s Basque Page • Maps of Basque Country

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• Euskara Kultur Elkargoa-Basque Cultural Foundation • EuskoSare Global Basque Community

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