Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. The population of the city is roughly 3.3
million (as of December 2009); the entire population of the metropolitan area (urban area
and suburbs) is calculated to be nearly 6.5 million. It is the third-most populous
municipality in the European Union after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the
third-most populous in the European Union after Paris and London. The city spans a total of
698 km² (234 sq mi).
Madrid is the most touristic city of Spain, ahead of Barcelona, and the fourth-most
touristic of the continent. The city is located on the river Manzanares in the centre of
both the country and the Community of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its
conurbation and extended suburbs and villages); this community is bordered by the autonomous
communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha. As the capital city of Spain, seat of
government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political centre of
Spain. The current mayor is Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón from the Popular Party (PP).
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