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John, Dave, Sue and Margaret – British expat names most popular in Spain

If you live in Spain, chances are you know a John, Dave, Sue or Margaret.

There are some obscure studies out there in the world of ‘Market Research’, but a recent one looking into the most popular names among Spain’s expat population must surely rank up there as one of the oddest…

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Author:Ian Clover 02/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Expats in Spain sent $10bn back home last year

Money makes the world go round... and expats are sending a lot of it back home.

Spain’s economy has long been powered in part by the millions of non-Spaniards who work in the country to enjoy its varied industry, EU protections and excellent lifestyle.

But data recently published by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has revealed that some of the country’s internal wealth is finding its way to foreign countries by migrant workers sending money home to family.

In 2014, the IFAD calculates that $9.6 billion (€8.6 billion) was sent by migrant workers overseas, putting the country near to the top of the charts when it comes to redistributing cash and capital around the world…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Tennis star cools off in Marbella before Wimbledon showdown

Djokovic, the world's number 1 tennis player, enjoying the sun and sea in Marbella at the weekend.

The world’s number one tennis player Novak Djokovic was spotted shirtless and tanned in Marbella over the weekend – just a few days before the start of Wimbledon next week.

While many other leading tennis players were already in the UK playing at the traditional pre-tournament meet at Queens, the 28-year-old Serbian – who recently won the Australian Open – was looking relaxed ahead of his title defence, having secured his second Wimbledon crown in 2014…

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Author:Ian Clover 24/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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The Guardian reports on Spain’s full-throttle recovery

While the weather never waivers, Spain's economy has been through some stormy times recently.

Lies, damn lies, and statistics – they don’t always necessarily come in that order, but where you can find one there is usually evidence of the other

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Author:Ian Clover 23/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s hotels swotting-up in preparation for Chinese influx

Chinese tourists bring bags of cash, but also demand certain standards, services and behaviours from their hosts.

No physical contact upon greeting, menus in Mandarin, and no rooms on the fourth floor or with a number four in them: these are just a selection of the holes many Spanish hotels are willing to jump through this year in order to win the approval of Chinese tourists…

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Author:Ian Clover 18/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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British tourists spent more than €1 billion in Andalucía in April

The Costa del Sol's famous resorts are proving popular with Brits this summer.

British visitors to Andalucía ploughed more than €1 billion into the region in the month of April alone, new figures from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) have revealed.

Over the first four months of the year, that figure is €2.8 billion, with the coming summer months set to see those numbers rise sharply as the Costa del Sol readies itself for what promises to be the busiest summer ever…

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Author:Ian Clover 04/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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15-year expat voting rule to be scrapped… after EU referendum

Long-term British expats will finally be given the vote, but only once the EU referendum is done and dusted.

The Conservatives’ pre-election promise to scrap the ruling that denies British expats the right to vote after they have lived overseas for 15 years or more was upheld in the Queen’s Speech recently, but the ruling will only be rescinded after the EU referendum is held in 2017

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Author:Ian Clover 03/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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British expats can vote on EU referendum, says Cameron

Will the UK opt for the EU exit door, or choose to remain?

It is a vote that is likely to determine the very future of the United Kingdom, let alone its relationship with Europe – and it is a vote that British citizens who have lived abroad for less than 15 years are allowed to have a say in.

The EU referendum, which was promised to the British public by the new Conservative government, is to be a simple In/Out vote on the question of whether the UK should remain in, or leave, the European Union…

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Author:Ian Clover 01/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Government to pour €1.6bn into Andalucía’s infrastructure

€1.6 billion can go a long way towards upgrading parts of Andalucía's infrastructure.

From roads and rail to airports and housing – the Autonomous Community of Andalucía has been granted €1.6 billion by the Spanish government to spend on upgrading its infrastructure this year…

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Author:Ian Clover 25/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Harvard study predicts growth in Spain will be the biggest in Eurozone

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Average growth rate of 3.7 per cent per annum predicted for Spain.

New growth projections presented earlier this month by Harvard University forecast that with an average growth rate of 3.7 per cent per annum up until 2023, Spain will top the league table in the Eurozone, ahead of Italy with an average increase in GDP of 2.3 per cent…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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