Theme Week Basque Country

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Donostia / San Sebastián panorama from Monte Igueldo © flickr.com - Tom Page/cc-by-sa-2.0

Donostia / San Sebastián panorama from Monte Igueldo © flickr.com – Tom Page/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Basque Country (Basque: Euskal Herria; Spanish: País Vasco; French: Pays basque) is the name given to the home of the Basque people. The Basque Country is located in the western Pyrenees, straddling the border between France and Spain on the coast of the Bay of Biscay.

Comprising the Autonomous Communities of the Basque Country and Navarre in Spain and the Northern Basque Country in France, the region is home to the Basque people (Basque: Euskaldunak), their language (Basque: Euskara), culture and traditions. The area is neither linguistically nor culturally homogeneous, and certain areas have a majority of people who do not consider themselves Basque, such as the south of Navarre. The concept is still highly controversial, and the Supreme Court of Navarre has upheld a denial of government funding to school books that include the Navarre community within the Basque Country area.

Bayonne © Daniel VILLAFRUELA/cc-by-sa-3.0 Abandoibarra and the Guggenheim Museum from the Iberdrola Tower in Bilbao © Xabier/cc-by-sa-4.0 San Miguel Arcangel Church and the Virgen Blanca Square in Vitoria-Gasteiz © Basotxerri/cc-by-sa-4.0 Tardets-Sorholus © Gartxoak/cc-by-sa-4.0 Mauléon-Licharre © Tangopaso Donostia / San Sebastián panorama from Monte Igueldo © flickr.com - Tom Page/cc-by-sa-2.0
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San Miguel Arcangel Church and the Virgen Blanca Square in Vitoria-Gasteiz © Basotxerri/cc-by-sa-4.0
The term Basque Country refers to a collection of regions inhabited by the Basque people, known as Euskal Herria in Basque language, and it is first attested as including seven traditional territories in Axular‘s literary work Gero (he goes on to suggest that Basque language is spoken “in many other places”), in the early 17th century. Some Basques refer to the seven traditional districts collectively as Zazpiak Bat, meaning “The Seven [are] One”, a motto coined in the late 19th century.

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