The Basque Country, or Euskadi in the Basque language, is part of the larger Basque region that also icludes Vavarre and stretches into northern France and is an Autonomous Community of northern Spain that was granted the status of historical region in the Spanish Constitution of 1978. The capital is Vitoria-Gasteiz (Vitoria is the name in Spanish, Gasteiz in Basque) and Bilbao is its largest city.
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Aaah, Euskadi, what a beautiful part of Spain (well they may not consider themselves Spanish)! and the folks there have the biggest Boina´s (Beret´s to you and me,in the world i think) great post Andrew!