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2015 hottest on record for Spain

Life in Spain makes you look and feel good.

Spain has enjoyed its hottest year ever in 2015.

Data published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) last week revealed that 2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record for Spain.

The longest-ever heatwave recorded began on June 27 and lasted for almost a month, through to July 22, during which temperatures in many parts of Spain exceeded 40ºC for many days straight

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Author: 30/11/2015 [0] Comments 

Urging Spaniards to dine quietly? Good luck!


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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Author: 24/11/2015 [0] Comments 

Spain provides second-highest life expectancy in the world

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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Author: 12/11/2015 [0] Comments 

The three life skills every successful expat needs

The job world's your oyster once you've lived overseas.

Say ‘yes’ more often, challenge as much as you accept, and get a good broadband provider…

You can read all the self-help books you like. Tell yourself time and time again to be open-minded. Study Spanish. Save your cash. Buy a nice home overlooking the Med. Cut your ties with the old country and try your hardest to embrace life in the new one… and still you might fail.

Living abroad is a fantastically enriching experience, but it does not come easy to everybody. The stresses of a new culture, a new climate, a new rhythm, can prove overwhelming, as can some of the more innocuous things like supermarket opening hours, day-to-day interactions with strangers, and the lack of a good pub serving your favourite tipple.

However, none of these perceived shortcomings should be enough to deter you from making the move, nor enjoying your life abroad, so long as you learn to look at life in the same way that successful expats the world over do.

Sure, having an open mind and a grasp of the lingo will help no end, but first – master these three life skills and the rest of your time living as an expat will be a doddle…

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Author: 11/11/2015 [2] Comments 

Living abroad leads to ‘enlightened nationalism’, study finds

Life's a beach for retirees who plan their move to Spain carefully.

You move abroad, you learn to love your new land… and appreciate the home you left behind.

Travel broadens the mind – that little sound-bite has served people well over the centuries, and is as accurate today as it has always been. But as the world becomes a little more fluid, with more and more people moving overseas for work and leisure than ever before, a new study has revealed something interesting about the psyches of those who do make the move…

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Author: 04/11/2015 [0] Comments 

Spaniards laugh off jamón health fears


One slice or two? Jamón is one of Spain’s best-loved and healthiest delicacies, despite what the WHO report says.

A study published last week by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which suggested that processed meat should be considered as likely a cause of cancer as cigarettes, asbestos and plutonium, has been laughed off by Spaniards raised on a diet rich in that classic Iberian staple, jamón.

The WHO study naturally took aim at the worst examples of cheap, processed meat – think Turkey Twizzlers, frozen burgers and grey-looking sausages – but also included the classic Spanish creation in its report, grouping jamón together with all other types of meat…

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Author: 03/11/2015 [0] Comments 

Think you’re integrated in Spain? Take the test


There are many faces of an integrated Brit in Spain – how and where do you fit in?

Just because you wake up late, go to bed late and like to take long lunches doesn’t necessarily mean that you are fully integrated into the Spanish way of life (and it may mean you simply enjoy the good things in life a little too much).

Nor does speaking Spanish, eating nothing but jamon and olives, and insisting on using that thumb-and-pinky extended hand signal when enquiring whether anybody wants a drink make you a full-blown Spaniard – although it sure will make you appear like one to many…

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Author: 30/10/2015 [0] Comments 

Spain’s Amancio Ortega now world’s richest man, says Forbes


The Zara tycoon is worth more than €70 billion, according to Forbes.

A couple of decades ago the boom in home PCs propelled Microsoft founder Bill Gates to the top of the world’s rich-list. From relative obscurity to one of the world’s most recognisable geeks, Gates eventually learned to revel in his role as world’s richest man, setting up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and giving a huge amount back to the society that made him.

Now it would seem that similarly publicity-shy clothing tycoon Amancio Ortega – who has long been Spain’s richest man – may have to call on Gates for some lessons in PR as it was revealed by Forbes that the Spaniard has become the richest individual on the planet…

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Author: 29/10/2015 [0] Comments 

Costa del Sol remains best-value holiday destination

Heading to Spain will increase your chances of enjoying a summer fling, the survey found.

Holiday essentials are more affordable on the Costa del Sol than other leading resort destinations.

Families seeking an affordable holiday should head to the Costa del Sol after resorts in the region were once again named as the most affordable among the world’s more popular destinations.

A study by Post Office Travel Money revealed that the region works out cheaper than 11 other popular resorts for tourist essentials…

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Author: 27/10/2015 [0] Comments 

Meet Marc Elliott: "Being able to communicate well with lenders and clients is essential to this business."

Marc Elliott of Fluent Finance Abroad and his partner Kelly

Marc Elliott of Fluent Finance Abroad and his partner Kelly

Marc Elliott is the British expat and brains behind Fluent Finance Abroad, the mortgage specialists based in San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella. Providing clients with the most appropriate form of finance to purchase their dream home abroad, Marc – being half Spanish – has taken to life on the Costa del Sol like the proverbial duck to water. When he’s not hard at work sorting out people’s mortgages, Marc can be found relaxing on the beaches of Conil in Cádiz or occasionally belting out some top tunes in a karaoke bar…

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Author: 26/10/2015 [0] Comments