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Spaniards laugh off jamón health fears

Author:   |  November 3rd, 2015

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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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Mortgage availability behind uptick in Spanish property market

Author:   |  November 2nd, 2015

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40,000 homeowners with Blackstone as their mortgage provider will have more flexibility under the new plans.

Looser lending criteria is meaning more mortgages are being issued right across Spain.

Official data from Spain’s notaries published last week has revealed that the number of property transactions in Spain in the second quarter of the year rose once more in all 17 Spanish regions except for Navarra.

Driving this upturn is the easier availability of Spanish mortgages, with the number of mortgages granted in the country between April and June rising 26% on the same period last year…

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Think you’re integrated in Spain? Take the test

Author:   |  October 30th, 2015

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

Author:   |  October 29th, 2015

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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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Spain dissolves parliament as date set for General Election

Author:   |  October 28th, 2015

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Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has set the date for the General Election as December 20.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has formally dissolved parliament this week as the country buckles down for the forthcoming General Election, now officially called for December 20.

In signing the decree to dissolve parliament as is tradition, Rajoy took the opportunity to remind voters that, despite the tough years of the Popular Party’s (PP) time in office, Spain’s economy has been transformed from one of Europe’s bleakest to one of its brightest

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Costa del Sol remains best-value holiday destination

Author:   |  October 27th, 2015

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

Author:   |  October 26th, 2015

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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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Where is the love? Study shows where Brits are most welcome

Author:   |  October 23rd, 2015

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Ampilot’s map of Europe shows that the further east one goes, the less friendly towards Brits the continent becomes.

Brits abroad get a bad rap. Despite the millions of euros they pour into many of the continent’s most popular (read, most popular with Brits) destinations, in a lot of places they are at best tolerated, at worst openly despised.

So runs the rhetoric, anyway

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Spaniards not app-rehensive about mobile purchases

Author:   |  October 22nd, 2015

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Checking your mobile banking on the go.

One-in-three online purchases in Spain are made via mobiles.

Spaniards are among the most tech comfortable people in the world, with one-in-three electronic purchases made in the country coming via mobile technology, a new study by The App Date – an app review service – has found…

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12 Spanish airports now offer free WiFi

Author:   |  October 21st, 2015

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Wait, WiFi, fly: Spanish airports will soon boast free WiFi for all passengers.

The strange, expensive and sometimes downright boring world of airports has just gotten a little more pleasant today following the news that Spanish state operator AENA is to provide free WiFi across 12 of its airports – including Málaga – from this week…

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