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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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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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Author:Ian Clover 22/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 21/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Plug that Gap: US clothing store opens first Spanish branch at Málaga airport

Common on the British high street, Gap had been absent from Spain until the Málaga store's opening

It’s as ubiquitous a sight on British high streets as Zara and H&M, but US clothing chain Gap is conspicuous by its absence in most countries in mainland Europe.

Present in France and Italy, the famous chain has no branches in Germany, Scandinavia nor eastern Europe, but has this week opened its very first store in Spain – at Málaga Airport’s T3 terminal, to be exact…

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Author:Ian Clover 16/01/2015 [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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Law of averages puts Spain top of the holiday pile

The golden stretches of the Costa del Sol are perennial favourites for British holidaymakers

Relying on the ‘law of averages’ has always been tricky. After all, it was the law of averages that gave us ‘2.4 children’ and it usually denotes a not-so-happy medium: the mean, the middle, the unexciting.

But when it comes to something that is inherently exciting and individual, such as holidays, then the law of averages is actually pretty useful, not least because a recent survey by the Travel Supermarket has applied this logic to the tourism industry and discovered that the typical Brits’ holiday for 2015 will be a ten-day trip to Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 02/01/2015 [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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Moneycorp celebrate their 11th year on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol Moneycorp team

Moneycorp regional manager Steve Tiley (right), with the Moneycorp Costa del Sol team

Always a highlight on the team VIVA calendar and guaranteed to get everyone in the festive mood during the countdown to Christmas, Moneycorp recently celebrated their 11th successful year on the Costa del Sol, and as soon as we got our invitations, we all knew we’d be in for a treat…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 26/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spanish judge shuts down Uber taxi service across country

The Uber 'taxi' app has faced stern opposition from taxi drivers in Spain

A judge in Spain has ruled that online car sharing app Uber is to immediately cease its operations across the country following a string of protests from taxi associations…

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Author:Ian Clover 11/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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