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Spain no longer in EU’s pocket

Spain has paid down its debt to the EU by a third in the past year

What a difference a year makes: figures released this week by the Spanish Central Bank show that Spain has reduced its debt owed to the EU by almost a third in the past 12 months – with the debt owed shrinking even further in the first quarter of this year… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 26/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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EU elections of little concern for Brits in Spain, FT finds

The hot sands of Torremolinos beach may not be a hot bed of political debate, but that's fine

Vox pop-style polls are a handy journalistic trick employed by time-pressed reporters seeking instant opinion on any topic they are trying to cover. Responses from the ‘man on the street’ can often range from the insightful and the humorous to the slightly unhinged and hilariously non-committal (“I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest,” being the one phrase you don’t want to hear)… Continue Reading

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The definitive word on expat healthcare in Spain

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VIVA Partner José Cánovas makes waves at the European Championships

José Cánovas - Eurochallenge 2014 Surfski & KayakWhat with the Costa del Sol’s fabulous year-round climate, it comes as no surprise that – as well as working hard of course – in their spare time the VIVA team are also into sports and leisure activities in a very big way. We have swimmers, golfers, hikers, bikers, kayak fishermen, mountaineers, skydivers, marathon runners… colleagues who play tennis, padel and squash… skiers and snowboarders, kitesurfers, surfboarders, horse riders… you name it!

And now, we have a sea kayaking champion, too…

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Proposed Tarifa resort draws criticism from environmentalists

The stunning Valdevaqueros Beach in Tarifa is the site of an ongoing dispute between developers and environmentalists

It’s the beach that people mean when they tell you they’ve just been to Tarifa. It’s the beach where the crystal clear surf is punctured throughout the day with windsurfers and kite surfers. It’s the beach with a tumble-down surf shack to its rear serving beers, snacks and ice creams to parched sun worshippers, and it’s the beach neighboured by a massive sand dune, the result of centuries of that famous wind shuffling the white sand westward – through the faces and flimsy defences of the hardy beachgoers scattered along its curved shoreline…

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Author:Ian Clover 14/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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We have an iPad mini winner!

The winner of our draw for an iPad mini

Our lucky winner - Aura from Dagenham!

If you’re a regular reader of the VIVA Blog – and of course particularly if you were one of the hundreds of visitors who stopped by our stand at the London Olympia ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ exhibition this Spring – then you’ll probably be wondering who won our draw for a fabulous iPad mini.

Well, we’re delighted to announce that we now have a winner… so the suspense is over! The prize goes to Aura, a lovely lady who lives in Dagenham, Essex, and who most definitely got a lot more than she bargained for when she entered our draw.

So congratulations to you, Aura, from the VIVA team… Enjoy!

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 12/05/2014 [2] Comments 
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More positive signs for Spain as unemployment falls by 110,000

The forecast for Spain's economy suggests clear blue skies and plain sailing ahead

Spain’s recovery took another step away from the red this week with the announcement from the country’s Employment and Social Security Ministry that 110,000 people found jobs in April this year.

The encouraging data represented the sharpest drop in unemployment in April since 1996, and represents a year-on-year fall of 305,000. In the space of 12 months, more than a quarter of a million Spaniards have found work… Continue Reading

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Tourist spending in Spain smashes further records

Spain continues to attract tourists in record numbers, with 2014 off to an encouraging start

Foreign tourists visiting Spain spent a record €10.06 billion in the first three months of the year, smashing previous records and registering an 8.1 per cent increase on expenditure figures for the same period last year, according to data released by Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

In March alone, almost €4 billion was spent by overseas visitors to Spain – a 6.6 per cent increase in the space of a year, and the sharpest rise in total volumes spent ever recorded, highlighting the renewed levels of confidence and interest currently coursing through Spain’s tourism veins… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 06/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s roads most improved in EU

Across the EU, Spanish roads have enjoyed the greatest safety improvement over the past decade

Road deaths in Spain have fallen by a greater number than any other country in the European Union over the past decade, according to figures released this week by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

Across the EU, 12,345 road deaths were recorded in 2012 – the most recent set of data available. That figure contrasts sharply with figures from 2001, when 27,700 road deaths were recorded – a 55 per cent fall in just ten years. Factor in the growth of the European Union during that time – both in terms of population and new member states – and the trend towards improved road safety is encouraging…

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Spain boasts best healthcare in Europe

The Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella is a shining example of Spain's efficient and effective healthcare system

In ranking national healthcare systems worldwide, Bloomberg has placed Spain fifth overall, and top in Europe based on spending efficiency.

Globally, the research by Bloomberg found that Hong Kong boasts the world’s best, most efficient healthcare, scoring 92.6 per cent, way ahead of Singapore in second place (81.9 per cent), Japan in third (74.1 per cent) and Israel in fourth (68.7 per cent)… Continue Reading

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