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Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España), is a country in Southern Europe. Its population is about 47 million and its capital and largest city is Madrid. Its official language is Spanish. It is a member of the European Union, and has the 12th largest economy in the world.

The territory of Spain was subject to many external influences since prehistoric times until it emerged as a unified country in the late 15th century. It established one of the first global empires, colonizing lands in Africa and South America, and leaving behind a legacy of more than 500 million Spanish speakers today, making Spanish the world's second most spoken first language. It is currently ruled by a constitutional monarchy with King Juan Carlos I as the head of state and the Prime Minister as the head of government.

Spanking in Spain[edit]

Escena de escuela, painting by Francisco Goya (c. 1780).

Spanish culture traditionally endorsed corporal punishment and used it in judicial decrees and, in milder forms, on children in parenting and education.

The painting to the left, by one of Spain's most famous artists, shows a school corporal punishment scene that might be characteristic of how the same was administered in 18th century Spanish schools. One student, with his bottom bared, is horsed by another student to be whipped by the teacher, who remains seated during the chastisement. On the right, two other students who have already been punished are crying.

Spanish spanking art[edit]

A Spanish BDSM and spanking artist is Arantza. Alejandro Colucci, illustrator for Spanking Tails and Spanking Tails 2, was born in Uruguay to a family of Italian immigrants but lives in Spain since 2002.

A Spanish film director who received international admiration for her short films on the subject of child fear, humiliation and punishment is Isabel Ayguavives.

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