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Home values in Spain rose 4.3% last year, finds EU data

As property in Spain has become more affordable, more and more foreign buyers are snapping up homes with cash.

Steadily rising property values, like those in Spain last year, are an encouraging sign for any market.

Eurostat, the European Union’s (EU) statistics database, has published figures showing that Spanish property rose in value by an average of 4.3% in 2015, which is some way above the European average.

For the fourth and final quarter of last year, values for Spanish property remained steady, which suggests a slight slowing of the price rises that have characterised the past handful of quarters…

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Waiter of the Year competition shines spotlight on Spain’s excellent service


Spanish waiting staff pride themselves on their professionalism, and the results are there for all to see.

Frequent a British pub, café or restaurant with a non-Brit and two things are bound to happen. First, your foreign guest will likely gush at the surprisingly good quality of food and choice of drink on offer (it seems the old stereotype of the UK being a land of warm bitter and bland food stubbornly persists, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary), but secondly, they are likely to be left aghast at the lack of professionalism shown by your server…

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Author: 13/04/2016 [0] Comments 

British consular calls reveal typical anxieties of Brits abroad

Mixed race woman with shattered cell phone

Brits abroad, whether on holiday or as expats, often call the local consulate with some weird and wacky questions.

While there may be a ‘stock’ image of the quintessential Brit abroad that most people have in their minds, anybody who has ever set foot in Spain, either as a holidaymaker or an expat, will know full well that Brits in Spain come in all types

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Spain economic growth outperforms Germany in first quarter

More and more Spaniards are finding meaningful work in the country as the economic recovery continues.

So far in 2016, the Spanish economy is among one of the best performers in the Eurozone.

The 2015 resurgence of Spain’s economy has continued encouragingly into 2016, with data published at the weekend by the country’s Markit Composite PMI Index revealing that Spanish GDP grew by 0.6% in the first three months of the year…

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British homeowners in Spain win £2.6m tax payout


Non-residents who inherited Spanish property were overcharged inheritance tax, but EU courts have ruled that the money must be paid back – with interest.

Spanish authorities have refunded €3.3 million (£2.6 million) in taxes to British holiday homeowners who were overcharged inheritance tax…

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Spanish workers among keenest in Europe to stay in home country when seeking next job


While Spain’s economy is not the strongest in Europe, it is improving rapidly, and the majority of Spaniards now want to stay home when looking for work.

Despite Brits’ evident love affair with all things Spanish – the climate, the property, the food, the beaches – one aspect of life in Spain that is arguably weaker than that found in the UK is employment…

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Expats find that assimilation requires work, but rewards are worth it, says study

More than a third of British expats lead a 'British lifestyle' in their adopted country

To enjoy life overseas, assimilation of the new culture is of high importance for most expats.

It is a message often repeated by VIVA, and generally heeded by Brits hoping to move to Spain: being a successful expat requires a fair bit of work, but the rewards are worth it…

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Author: 06/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Spain would adopt GMT if Rajoy re-elected


Spain’s timezone anomaly has been a curious thing for 70 years, but acting PM Mariano Rajoy has pledged to adopt GMT if he wins re-election.

In recent months Spain has given serious consideration to shifting its clocks back one hour in order to adhere to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and bring the country in line with its geographical position at the western edge of Europe.

Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy has revisited the issue, stating this week that should he win re-election then he would push through the change – a change that he believes will offer Spaniards a better quality of life…

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Author: 05/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Enjoy a drink? Then head to Spain – the most libertarian place in Europe


Lovers of a tipple or two should be saying ‘cheers’ to Spain’s relaxed attitude towards alcohol…

The dreaded phrase ‘Nanny State’ is often used to deride certain rules, laws and policies designed to mollycoddle the populace and strip citizens of their agency for free thought and actions…

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Author: 04/04/2016 [0] Comments 

22% of tourists to Spain in February were British, data shows


Spain has enjoyed another strong start to the year in terms of its excellent tourism industry.

British holidaymakers flocked to Spain in their droves in February, comprising 22 per cent – more than one in five – of all foreign visitors to the country for the month, data from the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE) has revealed.

In total, February saw 3.7 million tourists visit Spain, of which 807,000 came from the UK. Overall, this figure amounted to a 13.7 per cent increase on the same month in 2015, highlighting Spain’s enduring and growing popularity as Europe’s leading holiday destination. For British visitors, the increase was even sharper at 17.1 per cent…

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