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Online retail giant Amazon to create 1,000 new jobs in Spain

Author:   |  November 25th, 2015

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The distribution centre near Barcelona will mean Spanish customers will receive their orders much more quickly.

US online retailer Amazon has announced that it is preparing to open a new distribution centre in Barcelona that will create hundreds of new jobs for the region.

The company is also preparing to expand its current logistical centre for Spain, which lies just outside Madrid in San Fernando de Henares, from 32,000 square metres to 75,000 square metres. Combined with the new planned centre for Barcelona, Amazon estimates that it will require 1,000 new positions to be filled…

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Urging Spaniards to dine quietly? Good luck!

Author:   |  November 24th, 2015

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The bustle of a typical Spanish bar is one of its main attractions… but not for those with hearing impairments.

When it comes to stereotyping Spaniards, there are a few hard and fast rules that are – because they’re accurate and generally non-offensive – essential: you have to label them passionate; recall their universal love for children; praise their footballing and culinary skills and, finally, admit that they can be, at times, rather loud

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Property sales in September up by almost 9% on last year

Author:   |  November 23rd, 2015

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Homes have begun changing hands in increasing numbers across the Costa del Sol.

Data from September shows that the average buyer now needs a deposit of around 20-25% of the purchase price.

Data from Spain’s notaries has revealed that the Spanish property momentum shows no signs of abating, with sales of resale properties nationwide increasing by 8.7% in September compared to the same month last year…

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Car share app Uber eyes return to Spain

Author:   |  November 20th, 2015

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Banned last year, Uber is changing its rules in order to enter the Spanish market, which it hopes to do in 2016.

Just weeks after Spain finally welcomed US streaming service Netflix to its shores, California-based car-sharing startup Uber is preparing for the second time to launch in the country.

Judges banned Uber’s first attempt to enter the Spanish market in December last year, with the courts ruling in favour of a lawsuit brought by Spanish taxi drivers arguing that the service contravened certain tax and regulation loopholes that typical taxi firms had to abide by…

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Three hidden benefits of owning a home in Spain

Author:   |  November 19th, 2015

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is the sun setting on Russians' ruble-fuelled love affair with Marbella?

A property in Spain offers much more than just a sunny bolthole and future nest egg.

A stylish, stunning, money-making property overlooking the Mediterranean: this is no mere pipedream, but the reality for many thousands of Brits who own a home in Spain.

There are many obvious benefits to such an investment, not least the chance to have a year-round bolthole in the sun, a nice little nest egg and a home away from home. But what are the hidden benefits that owning property in Spain brings?

Beyond the obvious attractions, investing in a property in Spain will also mean…

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New survey confirms Spain as top destination for Brit expats

Author:   |  November 18th, 2015

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Spain is Europe’s most popular destination for Brits looking to ship their belongings abroad.

Brits love Spain’s property market – as evidenced by the fact that they have accounted for one-in-five of all transactions to foreign buyers this year – and they are also in thrall with its variety of resorts, with Spain once again the leading holiday destination for sun-starved folk from the UK.

So it should come as no surprise that a new survey by international shipping company Pack Send has revealed that Spain is their most popular destination in Europe among Brits when it comes to sending and shipping their belongings overseas.

Interestingly, both the USA and Australia are more popular than Spain in actual real terms, but Pack Send admit that Brits who are moving to Spain might not always turn to a professional remover to get the job done, such is the comparatively short distance between the UK and Spain…

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Marbella introduces world’s first revolving solar houses

Author:   |  November 17th, 2015

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Exterior image of the Sunhouse360º

The Sunhouse360º can be programmed to turn as often, or as little, as you want.

In the broadest sense, the entire world is solar-powered. Everything on the planet draws its energy from the sun, and everything that has ever been – rocks, oceans, forests, the industrial revolution, the Beatles, Benedict Cumberbatch – owes its existence to the sun.

But solar power in today’s world usually means solar panels, and Spain’s government has been irritatingly regressive in this issue, introducing recently a so-called “sun tax” that actively appears to punish homeowners who choose to install solar panels on their rooftops…

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Spaniards own €1.38 billion of property in the UK

Author:   |  November 16th, 2015

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Spaniards own more than €1.3 billion in UK property assets, new data has revealed.

The tide hasn’t turned – Brits are still far and away the largest group of foreign property owners in Spain – but new data from Spain’s tax authorities has showed that the love affair is not ALL one way, with Spaniards owning €1.38 billion in UK property

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Spanish court blocks Catalonia breakaway attempt

Author:   |  November 13th, 2015

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Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has labelled Catalonia’s actions as “undemocratic”.

The Constitutional Court of Spain has this week formally blocked secession proceedings from Catalonia in a further deepening of the standoff between Madrid and the northern region…

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Spain provides second-highest life expectancy in the world

Author:   |  November 12th, 2015

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If you want to be healthy, happy and professionally content, then head to Spain.

Spaniards have low rates of heart disease and suicide thanks to their healthy diet and strong social and familial ties.

In the latest life expectancy report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Spain was ranked second among all advanced economies, behind Japan…

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