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Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Pensinsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It is a peninsula of 6.843 square kilometres (2.642 sq mi) whose isthmus connects to the north with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is the densely populated city area, home to almost 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities.

Gibraltar Airport has the distinction of being the airport closest to the city that it serves, being only 500 metres from Gibraltar’s city centre.

Gibraltar Airport is one of the few Class A Airport in the world. Winston Churchill Avenue (the main road heading towards the land border with Spain) intersects the airport runway, so consequently has to be closed every time a plane lands or departs. The History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports ranks it as the fifth most dangerous airport in the world, along with the most dangerous in Europe.

Weather in Gibraltar

Gibraltar has a Subtropical Mediterranean Climate with mild winters and warm summers. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.

Its average annual temperature is 18 °C (64 °F): about 21 °C (70 °F) during the day and 15 °C (59 °F) at night.

In the coldest month – January, the temperature ranges from 11–18 °C (52–64 °F) during the day, the average sea temperature is 15–16 °C (59–61 °F). In the warmest month – August, the typically temperature ranges from 25–31 °C (77–88 °F) with an average sea temperature of 22 °C (72 °F).

Taxation system

For taxation purposes, an individual is either resident or non-resident in Gibraltar. Nationality is not a factor in determining tax status. An individual is considered resident in Gibraltar if he lives there for more than 183 days in any one tax year (which runs from the 1st July to the 30th June).

A non-resident individual will be taxed on income derived from, accrued in or received in Gibraltar. Payments from exempt or qualifying companies are tax-exempt, as is bank interest. Withholding taxes will be charged on payments from other Gibraltar companies , at 30% for an individual.

Official language of Gibraltar

The official language of Gibraltar is English, and is used by the Government and in schools. Most people living in Gibraltar are bilingual, also speaking Spanish, due to its proximity to Spain. However, because of the varied mix of ethnic groups which reside there, other languages are also spoken on The Rock of Gibraltar.

Berber and Arabic are spoken by the Moroccan community, as are Hindi and Sindhi by the Indian community of Gibraltar. Hebrew is also spoken by the Jewish community and the Maltese language is still spoken by some families of Maltese descent.

Gibraltarians often converse in Llanito. It is an Andalusian Spanish based vernacular and unique to Gibraltar. It consists of an eclectic mix of Andalusian Spanish and British English as well as languages such as Maltese, Portuguese, Italian of the Genoese variety and Haketia (Ladino).

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