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Spain - Recommended Blogs

Posted on Monday April 10, 2017 (15:34:25)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Spain and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.   more ...

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Expat Retirees In Spain May Have To Pay More For Their Medicine

Posted on Friday April 07, 2017 (15:00:09)
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Spain is one of the most popular retirement destinations in the world for several reasons. The Spanish lifestyle is a major attraction for retirees. Living in Spain enables you to savor life by taking the time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. It is common to see people strolling on the streets or enjoying time with family and friends at the country’s many charming cafés. Retired expats will also find the Spanish warm weather a welcome change. Even though temperatures rise during the summers, the sea breeze is enough to cool you off, while winters are mild in Spain.   more ...

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British Expat Moving To Spain? Don't Get Tangled In Red Tape!

Posted on Monday March 27, 2017 (17:22:55)
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For many years, sunny Spain has been a favorite destination of expats from all over the world, mainly because of its welcoming weather, pristine coastline, breathtaking scenery, mouthwatering cuisine, and hospitable people. From fast-paced cosmopolitan cities to a laidback rural lifestyle, this European country has a lot to offer everyone in terms of living standards and cultural experiences. British students, entrepreneurs, businesspeople and retirees are therefore choosing to settle down in Spain. However, before packing your bags and hoping on to the next flight, do keep in mind that life in this country isn’t always about sunshine and sangria. There are a few aspects that need to be looked at carefully, especially now with Brexit looming over the horizon.   more ...

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An Overview Of Basic Healthcare For Expats In Spain

Posted on Friday March 24, 2017 (14:24:58)

Public healthcare

The public healthcare system in Spain has recently been rated one of the world’s best. Waiting times are low and there are four general practitioners to every one thousand people.

Expats living and working in Spain can expect free healthcare providing they pay their social security contributions, which is obligatory. The Spanish social security system includes services such as healthcare, pensions, and unemployment benefits. In 2015 it was recorded that there are 1.6 million foreigners registered with the Spanish social security system.   more ...

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Interview with Barry O'Leary

Posted on Saturday February 25, 2017 (04:32:17)
Barry O'Leary
Barry, you're a British expat currently living in Spain. Tell us a bit about yourself and what prompted you to move abroad.

The main reason I came to Seville was to pick up Spanish, learn the guitar, and continue my teaching English career. I got a whole lot more than that though. I quickly met a Spanish lady (who was my student, she was 21 and I was 25) and she pinned me down and made me stay here. I tried to escape several times, but I guess love won in the end. We are married now with two kids. I speak pretty good Spanish, still teach English, but I realised that I just wasn’t cut out for the guitar.   more ...

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Are These 2017's Spanish Property Hotspots?

Posted on Friday January 27, 2017 (15:41:01)

Spain is a country with a rich history and culture, and one that has served as a meeting point for some of the most influential civilizations in the world due to its strategic location, close to the African continent and as Europe’s western-most peninsula. Spain became a strong economic force after the fall of fascism, but still experienced difficult times when the global financial crisis occurred.   more ...

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Avoiding Common Property Investment Mistakes In Spain

Posted on Wednesday September 21, 2016 (14:06:40)
(c) Carlos Teixidor Cadenas
For British expats in particular, Spain is a very popular country for buying a second home or to relocate, especially for expat retirees who are looking for a new life or a perfect holiday home. Spain accounts for one in four of overseas property purchases by Brits.

It's obvious why Spain is popular: with lots of sunshine and a friendly population, it also has nice family-friendly nightlife and good cultural attractions along with a sound infrastructure including good railways and roads.   more ...

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Ten Dishes You Need To Try If You've Recently Moved To Barcelona

Posted on Monday August 22, 2016 (17:24:36)
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Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia and one of the biggest, most populous cities in Spain. With its vibrant mix of tradition and modernity, history and cutting-edge technology, of and culture, it’s a major draw to tourists and expats alike.

There’s plenty of Spanish and Catalan culture for expats to explore in Barcelona, from its historic architecture to the live music scene, as well as the beaches and nightlife.   more ...

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Five Common Expat Dreams That Can Easily Turn Into Nightmares

Posted on Wednesday April 20, 2016 (17:53:47)
(c) clesenne on Flickr
It can be a tempting idea to let go of your current life and responsibilities, pack your bags, and start anew in a foreign location, but of course nothing is ever as simple as that. The expat life can be extremely exciting and rewarding, but it has its share of challenges and difficulties. Everyone has heard the nightmare stories of expats who have been through hell, and who have returned home discouraged and worse off than before they left.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Spanish Regions

Posted on Wednesday April 20, 2016 (11:43:43)
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The regions of Spain can be quite difficult for outsiders to understand, primarily because of the confusing terminology. To any newcomer, words like provinces, regions, autonomous communities, autonomous regions, and in particular the phrase “nationalities and regions”, seem to overlap with each other, and possibly have different meanings from what most people are used to. To make things a bit simpler, here’s a quick guide to the regions of Spain.   more ...