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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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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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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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Can they? Podemos political party tops Spain opinion polls

Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos and firebrand of Spain's political landscape

A far-left populist political party has seemingly come from nowhere to top the opinion polls in Spain – just a few months before the country once again votes on a general election…

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Expats more tech-savvy than other British over-50s

Living abroad prompts the older generation to embrace the possibilities of technology

A study by NatWest International Personal Banking (IPB) has found that three out of four British expats aged 50 and over are regular ‘online junkies’ confident when paying bills, conducting Skype phone calls and generally surfing the web…

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Should rest of Europe adopt Spain’s economic reforms?

Spain's economy is returning to health thanks to recent reforms

A report this week by the Bank of Spain has revealed that the country’s economy grew 0.5 per cent in the third quarter of the year, setting Spain on track to exceed its projected 1.3 per cent growth for 2014 and prompting economists to ponder – should other European countries follow the Spanish example?

For the past six or seven painful years, Spain’s economy was harshly viewed as the template of ‘what not to do’: unemployment was high, job creation was low, labour laws were inflexible and the stench of immovable nepotism hung in the air…

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Spaniards worked fewer hours than Brits last year… but more than the Germans

Putting in a shift: Spaniards worked more hours than many other Europeans in 2013

Toss aside any notion that the Spanish are lazy – Spaniards worked far more hours than the Germans, Dutch, Swiss and Swedes in 2013, according to recent data published by the Organization for Economic Development (OECD)…

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