Madrid is the capital of Spain and the autonomous community of Madrid. The metropolitan area of Madrid is one of the largest cities in Europe with about seven million inhabitants. Madrid is (without suburbs) with about 3.2 million inhabitants after London and Berlin the third largest city of the European Union and the largest city in southern Europe.
For centuries, Madrid has been the geographical, political and cultural center of Spain (see Castile) and the seat of the Spanish government. Here reside also the king, a catholic archbishop as well as important administrative and military authorities. As a commercial and financial center, the city has national and international significance. In Madrid there are six public universities as well as various other colleges, theaters, museums and cultural institutions.
The inhabitants of Madrid are called “Madrilenes” (spanish madrileños).