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Could you live in Spain and work in the UK?

Either commuting or working remotely, it IS possible to live in Spain and work in the UK

It is understandable, when polling Brits on why they haven’t yet moved to Spain, that the most common reason given is employment. VIVA is the first to advise caution when buying property in Spain, and so we also understand that such caution is paramount when considering moving to Spain

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What is the Euro-vibe, and does Spain have it?

Beyond the beaches and blue skies, what else does Spain have to offer? Answer: plenty

The Euro-vibe. Continental-style living. Café-culture. These are just three buzz phrases used to describe the possibly-mythical European street, square or courtyard that perfectly sums up the good life: a life of al fresco dining in warm sunshine; of contented families strolling by with their perfectly attired brood; of healthy gaggles of tanned teens taking selfies in front of historically important monuments; and of yummy mummies effortlessly supping coffee, munching a salad, reading a book and rocking their baby in their arms in one fell-swoop…

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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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Safe, unequal, great healthcare, liberal – Spain in 2015

Healthcare in Spain is supremely efficient, thorough and available to all

The European Commission’s Eurostat office recently published updated statistics for all of the nations in the EU, revealing some interesting contrasts between the countries of Europe.

For Spain, the data threw up few surprises, merely confirming to many the image that Spain often portrays – as a country that is safe to live in, has a liberal outlook and excellent universal healthcare, but suffers from inequality and higher-than-average unemployment.

Below, VIVA has pulled out the most interesting statistics that reveal the most about life in Spain

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Spaniards and Brits both enjoy benefits of EU living, study finds

The study finds 30,000 Brits claim unemployment benefits in the EU, with 65,000 EU citizens doing likewise in Britain

Despite the oft-repeated narrative that immigrants are swamping the UK in order to bleed the country’s benefits system dry, recent data analysis has revealed that at least 30,000 British nationals currently receive unemployment benefit elsewhere in the EU.

The data, compiled by the Guardian, suggests that although there are more EU nationals claiming unemployment benefit in Britain compared to Brits claiming on the continent, the divide is not as stark as often claimed…

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Spain one of Western Europe’s best countries for cost of living

Spain's old-world charm is cheap as chips, while the modern resorts and cities remain affordable

A revealing infograph compiled by expat website MoveHub ranking the cost of living in 119 countries reveals that Spain is one of the most affordable places to live in Western Europe.

The data compared global prices against New York (at an average of 100) and found that the five cheapest countries in which to live are – unsurprisingly – located in Asia and North Africa, while Switzerland, Norway, Venezuela, Iceland and Denmark are the most expensive places.

In Europe, however, there was distinct east-west divide, with countries from Poland east – and southwards much cheaper than those in the west… with two exceptions

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A lesson in life overseas, from expats in the know

What does living abroad teach you about yourself?

There are many reasons why some people choose to live abroad – the search of a better job, a more laidback lifestyle, the chance to experience a new culture – but if there is one thing that unites ALL expats it is the fact that living in another country teaches them something about themselves they never previously knew…

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New Year’s Resolutions? Let Spain be your guide

Whatever your New Year's resolution, Spain can help you achieve it

It’s that time of year again when the post-Xmas binge guilt begins to subside, threatening your good intentions and meaning it is only a matter of time until your New Year’s Resolutions lie crumpled in the detritus of failure for another year.

So if you find that you are struggling, here is one simple tip to help keep you on the straight and narrow – move to Spain.

That’s right. According to Statistic Brain, the six most common resolutions made at new year are 1) Lose weight; 2) Get organised; 3) Spend less, save more; 4) Enjoy life to the fullest; 5) Stay fit and healthy, and 6) Learn something exciting – and life in Spain can help you achieve all of these, and then some…

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Spain’s Queen Letizia brings splash of glamour to Three Kings parade

Spain's Queen Letizia is fast becoming a style icon

The traditional Epiphany parade in Madrid – held every January 6th to mark El Dia de los Reyes (the day of the kings) – was attended for the first time by Queen Letizia, who brought an understated flash of glamour and elegance to the occasion…

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Málaga named as second top city to visit in 2015

Málaga's charm lies in its beauty, its location and its vibrant atmosphere

Renowned travel publication Rough Guides has ranked Málaga in second place in its top ten cities to visit in 2015.

Although South Africa’s Johannesburg took the top spot, Andalucía’s stunning port city scored highly, with the guidebook praising its beautiful architecture, excellent beaches and weather and wealth of cultural attractions…

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