Town hall of Guriezo
Location of Guriezo
|Judicial district||Castro Urdiales|
|• Alcalde||Adolfo Izaguirre Ruiz (2011) (PRC)|
|• Total||74.53 km2 (28.78 sq mi)|
|Elevation||40 m (130 ft)|
|• Density||33/km2 (84/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
As the megalithic evidence found in the surroundings of Guriezo attests,the area was inhabited back in the Prehistory. Archaeologic findings point out that there was already human activity as early as in 4000 BC. Additionally, spear points dating back to the Bronze Age have been found in caves throughout the area, namely in the cave of la Cervajera.
During the Middle Ages, the most prominent dynasties in the area were the Villota and Entrambasaguas families, which fought for the control of administrative and political positions. The conflict between these two families dates back to the 15th century, when they litigated about the ownership of the local foundries. In the second half of the 18th century, their disagreements brought them all the way to the Royal Chancery of Valladolid. Guriezo was quite active in the iron trade with Biscay's foundries during the late Middle Ages. In fact, Guriezo played a small, though noteworthy, role in the development of the prosperous Basque iron industry; in 1846, members of the prominent Ybarra family acquired the factory of La Merced, which operated until 1854.
During the Spanish Civil War, Guriezo was the setting for a number of relatively important events: on the 24th of August, 1937, the Santoña Agreement, as a result of which 10,000 soldiers from the Basque Army surrendered to Franco's Italian allies, was signed in the village. During 1938, a number of republican fugitives under the lead of former lieutenant Manuel Pérez Tejera were ambushed and executed in the mountains around Guriezo; however, it was not until 1941 when Pérez Tejera himself was found and killed.
As of 2008, the per capita income of Guriezo stood at €15,010, which was slightly below the regional figure of €15,911. It must be noted, however, that Guriezo had one of the greatest per capita incomes among rural municipalities.
In 2007, around 7% of the businesses in Guriezo operated in the agricultural sector, 29% in construction, 13% in industry and roughly 50% in the service sector. If compared to the region as a whole, Guriezo has a considerably lower proportion of service businesses, but a higher percentage of agricultural, building and industrial companies.
When it comes to the labour market, the Eastern Coastal area of Cantabria, which encompasses Guriezo and other municipalities, had an unemployment rate slightly above 20%, in tune with the regional average for 2013. As of April 2014, there were 193 jobseekers in the village.
These are the places of birth of the population of Guriezo according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
|Total Population||Born in Cantabria||Born in another Autonomous Community||Born in another Country|
Just over half of the population was born in Cantabria, but a significant percentage of the inhabitants (43,5%) hails from other Autonomous Communities. Just above 6% of the population are immigrants.
The results of the last local elections were as follows:
|Spanish local and regional elections, 2011|
- Elected Mayor: Adolfo Izaguirre Ruiz (PRC).
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