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Expat problems are universal… except in Spain

Author:   |  February 3rd, 2016

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Expats who move to Spain will find that their list of grievances is encouragingly small.

The thrill of living life to the full in a fresh and exciting country is real. From the moment your plane touches down, life becomes a near-endless assault of new experiences, new people, new sounds, new smells and new sights…

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Spanish second-most popular language on Facebook and Twitter

Author:   |  February 2nd, 2016

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On social media, Spanish is second to English as the world’s most widely used language.

English is (perhaps ironically) known as the lingua franca of the world, with more people speaking it as a second language than any other. Whether at a bar in Germany, a restaurant in Thailand or hiking through the hills of Peru, chances are that a smattering of English gets most people a long way.

French, Chinese and Spanish have each long jostled for second-place in this unofficial chart, and new data released this week appears to show that Spanish has won the battle royale

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Approval of Spanish mortgages up 7.3% year-on-year

Author:   |  February 1st, 2016

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These days, Spanish banks and finance houses are undoubtedly much more willing to approve mortgages than they used to be.

For those thinking of buying a home in Spain, 2016 certainly looks like being a good year, and to that end national daily El País was prompted to run an article on the subject of mortgages – and how to choose the best deals – earlier this month…

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Spanish King wades in to try to resolve parliament deadlock

Author:   |  January 29th, 2016

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Spanish King Felipe (L) and acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pose before their meeting at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Ballesteros/Pool

King Felipe of Spain (left) met with the four main party leaders last week, and will do so again next week to try to break the current Parliament deadlock.

The ongoing deadlock at governmental level in Spain could be resolved next week, with the four main party leaders due to meet King Felipe to try to reach an agreement on how best to form a parliament as soon as possible.

Since the vote on December 20 last year left no party with a significant majority, Spain has been left in limbo as the various parties concerned – the Popular Party (PP), Podemos, Ciudadanos and the Socialists – seek a compromise that could prove workable…

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Spain ranked best place in the world for solo travel

Author:   |  January 28th, 2016

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Travellers hoping to see the world on their own can find no better place for solo travel than Spain.

Getting away from it all to find one’s inner self is becoming ever more popular as people have greater disposable incomes, travel becomes cheaper and the world opens up.

But solo travellers thinking of heading to the traditional “inner journey” locations of Thailand, Cambodia or South America need not look so far from home because a new report has found that Spain is actually the best country in the world in which to travel alone…

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Spanish property transactions increase for 18th month in a row

Author:   |  January 27th, 2016

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The Spanish property market has enjoyed 18 months of sustained growth as prices, mortgages and number of buyers all increase

For the 18th month in a row, the number of homes sold in Spain has grown, according to new data published this week by the country’s General Council of Notaries.

This sustained recovery of the housing market is great news for would-be investors and current homeowners, bringing with it steady price increases, growing market confidence and greater interest from many different buying groups…

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Three ways to gain in Spain 2016

Author:   |  January 26th, 2016

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2016 is shaping up to be a great year for Spain, economically, socially, and in terms of its global image… why not be a part of it?

All of the evidence – be it from economists, real estate experts or tourism websites – appears to suggest that 2016 could well be Spain’s year.

But while GDP increases, record overnight stays and various percentage-point increases in property transactions are all well and good, what does it all mean to the average sun-seeking, home-hunting Brit hoping to enjoy their own small slice of Spain’s good fortune?

Well, whether you are interested in a sunshine summer getaway, a savvy investment or a change of lifestyle, here are three ways to take advantage of Spain’s expected upturn in 2016…

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IMF ups growth outlook for Spain

Author:   |  January 25th, 2016

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The IMF expect Spanish growth to outstrip that of the US, Japan and Canada this year.

Following on the heels of the Bank of Spain – which raised its 2016 growth forecast to 2.8% just two days after the country’s inconclusive general election on 20 December – the International Monetary Fund predicts that the Spanish economy will grow by 2.7% in 2016 and by 2.3% in 2017

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Brits and Irish turn to safe Spain in their droves in 2016

Author:   |  January 22nd, 2016

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Mainland Spain is proving a particularly attractive destination for Brits and Irish seeking safe summer sun this year.

Sun-seeking holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland are set to make this year another bumper year for Spanish tourism as fears of terrorist attacks elsewhere drive people to the Iberian peninsula…

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Spain set to receive Netflix rival in form of HBO streaming service

Author:   |  January 21st, 2016

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HBO is preparing to go head-to-head with Netflix in Spain.

Lured by Spain’s high rate of broadband-ready consumers and web subscribers who opt out of pay TV, American TV network HBO is preparing to launch a standalone web service in Spain, putting it in direct competition with Netflix, which launched in the country last October…

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