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Licence and speed limit changes could affect expats in Spain

Lower speed limits on many Spanish roads will come into effect in Spring

Two changes to the Spanish highways system enacted at the beginning of the year could potentially affect British expats who drive regularly in Spain.

Last week, Spain’s politicians voted to lower the speed limits across the country on most road types. The changes will come into effect in the Spring and will see urban roads that currently have a speed limit of 100 kph lowered to 90 kph, while roads with a current speed limit of 90 kph will see their speed limit lowered to 70 kph or 50 kph depending on how urban the landscape in which they pass through…

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Author:Ian Clover 23/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain considers tighter border controls in wake of Paris attacks

No passport queues are great, but at what price?

Spain’s Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz has told the El Pais newspaper that the government is considering tightening its border controls following last week’s attacks in Paris that left 17 civilians dead…

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How pivotal could the expat vote be in 2015?

Registering online to vote is quick, easy, and important

The sunny skies and blossoming trees of May might seem like a long way away right now as 2015 limps blearily into view (unless, of course, you already live in Spain – if so, enjoy the January warmth), but the fifth month of the year will be on us before we know it, bringing with it the UK’s general election

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Author:Ian Clover 07/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Botched Jesus painting boosts Spanish town’s tourism

Spot the difference: the 'Beast Jesus' on the right has become a world-famous piece of 'art'

The famous ‘Beast Jesus’ painting that was not-so-carefully restored by part-time curator Cecilia Giménez in 2012 made headlines around the world at the time, but the curiously smudged artwork has now become a tourist attraction in its own right.

Art lovers, critics and people on the look out for a good laugh have descended on the village of Borja in their thousands to gawp at the restored 120-year-old painting…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Expats increasingly reliant on online shopping at Christmas time

The Internet has revolutionised how expats and families with relatives overseas shop

For years now, relatives who reside overseas have been unable to use the “lost in the post” excuse for missing birthdays or scrimping on Christmas spending.

Ever since Amazon swept into our collective consciousness, browsing and buying from the comfort of one’s home has revolutionised the way we shop, particularly those who either live overseas or who have relatives who live away from the UK. It has also meant that there is now no excuse not to send a little gift to a loved one far away…

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Author:Ian Clover 12/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Expats to keep their tax breaks

British expats with UK-based assets or income can still enjoy a sizeable tax break

Last week’s Autumn Statement from UK Chancellor George Osborne brought good news for British expats fearful that they may lose their personal tax allowance.

Amid earlier reports that Osborne would scrap the allowance – a tax break for the five million or so Brits who live and work overseas but still have assets or income in the UK – the Statement confirmed that the allowance would remain in place, for the time being at least…

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Author:Ian Clover 10/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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The world’s getting younger… but Spain bucks the trend

Despite being a great place in which to raise a family, Spain has the lowest percentage of youngsters in the world

There is now a higher proportion of young people aged between 10 and 24 on the planet than ever before, but the population of Spain is one of the oldest in the world.

A recent State of the World Population 2014 study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has revealed that there are 1.8 billion ‘young people’ – which is one quarter of the entire global population

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Six out of ten young Spaniards would consider overseas job

Many younger Spaniards are favourable to the idea of working abroad, study finds

The majority of Spaniards aged 18 to 30 have revealed that they would seriously consider moving overseas for work, according to a new study by the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications…

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Author:Ian Clover 28/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spaniards speaking better English than ever

Spaniards' grasp of good English is improving, study finds

A new study by Education First has revealed that more and more Spaniards are speaking English to a higher proficiency level than ever before.

The latest English Language Proficiency Index has ranked Spain 20th among 60 countries featured in the study – its highest position yet and a reflection of the growing importance for Spaniards to grasp at least a conversational level of English…

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Brits abroad could be more sociable, study finds

Despite living in many countries around the world, Brits abroad can often be insular

According to a recent survey by international relocation company, Robinsons, around one-in-three British people who live abroad have made little or no attempt to integrate into the local culture.

The study questioned 1,000 UK expats about life abroad, revealing a few startling results…

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Author:Ian Clover 13/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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