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King and Queen of Spain to visit the Costa del Sol in September

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day, 19 June 2014

Less than three months into their reign, Spain’s new monarchs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will be visiting the Costa del Sol from 5 – 7 September to attend the XIX edition of the Spain–United States Forum taking place at Marbella’s internationally renowned Hotel Don Carlos

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Older generation more reluctant to retire abroad, study finds

Retiring abroad should not be daunting, but many Brits are put off the idea as they grow old

Most Britons who while young dream of retiring abroad are less likely to do so as they age, a recent study has found.

Retirement income specialist MGM conducted a poll of British workers and found that those approaching retirement age were increasingly less likely to want to move overseas, citing a greater awareness of the potential pitfalls that could await them…

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Author:Ian Clover 19/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Famous faces bring extra heat to Marbella for premiere of The Expendables 3

The Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz and producer Avi Lerner have been in Marbella for the Spanish premiere of their new movie The Expendables 3 (‘Los Mercenarios 3′ in Spanish)… Continue Reading

Author:Holly Purnell 07/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain unemployment drops below 25% for first time in two years

With 17.4 million Spaniards now in work, Spain's economy is at the healthiest it has been for two years

Spain’s jobless rate has ducked under 25 per cent for the first time since 2012 as the country’s economic recovery has gathered pace.

The second quarter of the year generated an extra 402,000 jobs in Spain, dragging the unemployment rate down to 24.5 per cent. During the first three months of the year the average unemployment rate hovered around 25.9 per cent…

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Author:Ian Clover 04/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Brit spending power surges as pound strengthens

The euro is 25% down against the pound when compared to its highest level in 2008

UK sterling has strengthened against 18 of the 20 most popular foreign currencies in the past three months, making holidays overseas even cheaper in most of the leading destinations around the world.

The pound has strengthened 3.9 per cent against the euro, making destinations such as Spain even cheaper than normal. In fact, the pound is closing in on an 18-month high against the euro, which perhaps explains why British holidaymakers have flooded to the Costas in their droves so far this summer…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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More good news for Spain economy, but when will wages rise?

Falling wages simply mean the money in Spain's economy is currently being directed elsewhere, and that has to stop

Spain’s miraculous economic turnaround in the past 12 months has largely been a result of direct government action designed to shake up the labour market.

In aiding the car manufacturing industry with its scrappage scheme, the sector rebounded to become one of the country’s key economic successes. In overhauling antiquated labour laws, companies had more freedom to fire workers, cut wages and hire fresh faces – the result being an upturn in job creation and a boost for the national GDP…

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Author:Ian Clover 29/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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BBC reports on Brits’ Spanish love affair

6.5 million Brits visited Spain in the first six months of the year

Your trusty reporters here at VIVA have been saying it day in, day out for years, but now finally the guys over at the BBC have caught on and reported that British tourists are resuming their love affair with SpainContinue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 24/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Can Game of Thrones boost Andalucia's job ratings?

Seville's city council waived the filming fee for Game of Thrones, allowing HBO to shoot in the city for free

Ever since the producers of hit TV fantasy show Game of Thrones announced that they will be filming parts of the fifth series in the Andalusian locations of Seville and Osuna, fans have been speculating which backdrops will be selected to recreate the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros

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Author:Ian Clover 17/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Costa del Sol welcomes its first Poundland

The Dealz store has opened in a prominent location in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol.

You can’t open a shop where ‘everything is £1’ in a country that has the euro. No problem: Poundland’s owners – multi-millionaires Dave Dodd and Stephen Smith – simply changed the store’s famous name to Dealz when recently opening the first Poundland in Spain, in the heart of Torremolinos

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Author:Ian Clover 16/07/2014 [2] Comments 
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Spain PM ignoring calls to raise taxes, for now

Rajoy has a plan, and he's sticking to it

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is set to ignore a suggestion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to raise taxes as he eyes re-election in 2015.

Analysts from the European Commission and the IMF have both urged Rajoy to increase indirect taxes and close fiscal loopholes in the economy, which is still tottering slowly to its feet after a double dose of recession

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Author:Ian Clover 15/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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