Spanish Language Exercises

Spanish Politics I


As defined in its first article of the Spanish Constitution (1978), Spain is a social and democratic State, ruled by law, and whose sovereignty emanates from the Spanish people. The political form of Spain is that of a Parliamentary Monarchy. The King of Spain is Juan Carlos I.

The Spanish people are represented by Las Cortes Generales, formed by El Congreso de los Diputados (The Congress of Deputies) and El Senado (The Senate). The deputies or diputados are elected by universal, free, equal, direct and secret suffrage. The Congreso must have between a minimum of 300 and a maximum of 400 diputados. The Senate is the House of Territorial representation.

Review of numbers

Review these numbers before analyzing the results of the 2000 general elections in Spain.

Click on the numbers to hear them. Place the mouse over them to see their spelling:


Remember that 31, 41, etc. must agree in gender by ending in un (masculine) or una (feminine), and always taking the singular form:

31 diputados: treinta y un diputados.
51 papeletas: cincuenta y una papeletas (ballots).

200-900 agree in gender and number:

551 papeletas: quinientas cincuenta y una papeletas




Note: The Partido de Independientes de Lanzarote doesn't seem to have a web site. Convergència i Unió is formed by Convergència Democrática de Catalunya and Unió Democrática de Catalunya.


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