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This is an educational handbook
issued by the Basque Council on Culture (Consejo Vasco de la
Cultura) for the purpose of providing background information
on the Basque Country. The Basque Plan for Culture proposed
the creation of an educational handbook containing the most
important aspects of our culture, and to translate it into
the principal languages of our immigrants, the diaspora and
The material provided here is
based on the idea that a good part of the new long-term
residents will become full Basque citizens with all rights,
privileges and obligations, and will contribute their
efforts and cultural heritage to enrich the society,
workforce, culture and public treasury of the host country.
Another aim is to provide
descendents of Basques who at one time emigrated to other
countries - whom we refer to as Basques from the diaspora -
with basic information on the country of their elders and a
way of rediscovering their roots.
Lastly, this handbook is aimed at visitors who seek greater
insight into the country than what is typically provided in
Language, culture, arts and
cultural services are given with a certain degree of detail.
However, the picture would be incomplete without providing
some information about our history, services and lifestyle
(society, values, official institutions, economy, political
system and government).
This does not intend to be an
in-depth piece of research and does not necessarily
represent the opinion of the Basque Government. Instead, it
is a summary of an earlier book, rewritten in handbook form.
The purpose is to provide readers with a general overview of
Euskal Herria (the Basque Country). We also hope it will
spark curiosity and encourage readers to take their own
initiative to learn more about the subjects only just upon
touched in this handbook.