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Social Life in Spain

Language Learning national language may be one of crucial points of diving into the social life in Spain. The only language with official status throughout Spain is Spanish or Castilian. Various other languages have co-official status in specific parts of Spain and there are also a number of other unofficial languages and dialects spoken. Nearly everyone can speak Castilian either as a first (89%) or second language. For around 9% of Spanish people Catalan or Valencian is the first language, Galician is spoken by 5%, and Basque by...

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Living in Spain

Cost of living in Spain If you exclude the popular tourist destinations in the season, you’ll find that the cost of living in Spain is much lower than in the UK. To compare Barcelona and London: Consumer prices are around 30% lower in Barcelona. Rent prices are nearly 70% lower in Barcelona. Groceries are around 20% cheaper in Barcelona. Apartment prices are around 80% lower in Barcelona. And although properties seem rather affordable, keep in mind that legal regulations in Spain are an adequate counter-weight for that. Buying a House in Spain Buying...

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Healthcare and Pensions in Spain

Healthcare and Social Insurance Once you are registered to work in Spain and make National Insurance contributions, you’ll be entitled to state-run healthcare on the same basis as a Spanish national. For further information, visit the Seguridad Social website ( which gives up-to-date information, appropriate for you. If you’re a beneficiary of a UK state retirement pensions in Spain or long-term incapacity benefit, you may be entitled to state-funded healthcare paid for by the UK. You’ll need to apply for form S1 from the International...

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Transportation in Spain

Driving in Spain Driving can become your favourite mean of transportation in Spain. There is spectacular scenery and little, or no congestion, but speed limits often change. Don’t even consider drink driving, unless you like the thought of incarceration in a Spanish prison. The blood alcohol level is 0.5 per mg ( which equates to one small beer), dropping to 0.1 mg for drivers who passed their test within two years. Documents you MUST carry Insurance certificate — obligatory at least for third party Driving licence Vehicle registration documents Equipment you MUST carry...

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Moving to Spain from The UK

Can 87 880 people be so wrong? There are around 90 000 fewer UK nationals registered in Spain in 2013. This means that nearly a quarter of Britons who dreamed of a life in the sun have had their dreams shattered. The rising cost of living, the loneliness, and possibility of losing a partner, together with the seemingly endless struggle to legalise the ownership of their homes, has caused many Britons to return home. Spain joined the EU in 1986 and has been a member of the...

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Relocating to Spain

Spanish Customs Britain is not a member of the Schengen area, and therefore customs formalities apply. However because UK is a member of the EU, there is little of consequence to concern the average Briton relocating to Spain. You will need prior permission if you wish to bring arms in, and there is no free import of technical drawings. Otherwise you can bring in most things, with no currency restrictions. That’s including a limited quantity of alcohol and cigarettes. You can check this site for more information: Registering Essentials The...

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