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Three ways Spain’s recovering economy benefits you

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 1st, 2014

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As Spain's economy picks up, so do opportunities in work, property and socialising

The Spanish economy has begun to heal itself in recent months after spending a couple of years in the doldrums. Although unemployment rates remain above 24% (and are among the highest in Europe), job creation has increased faster than in most other eurozone nations…

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Spain’s property market stirs back into life

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 30th, 2014

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Interest in Spanish property is picking up, both domestically and among foreign buyers

What a difference two years makes. Now, it is never really wise to compare Daily Mail headlines with Financial Times ones, but a story published on the FT over the weekend struck a notable chord.

The FT reports that the town of Seseña, 35km south of Madrid, has begun to pique the interest of potential property buyers. This news is significant because back in 2012 Seseña stood for all that was wrong with Spanish property: incomplete, overpriced, empty and unnecessary. The never-to-be-inhabited overspill suburb of Madrid became the stick with which media outlets beat Spain’s property market…

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Spain enjoys improved economic outlook

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 29th, 2014

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Spain's renewed economic confidence is reflected in a number of Spain-China trade deals on the table

Job prospects, wages and employment security are all set to improve in Spain next year, according to the country’s Finance Minister Luis de Guindos who last week raised Spain’s economic outlook…

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August sees Spain break record tourism numbers, again

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 26th, 2014

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Marbella, Costa del Sol

Spain will attract more than 65 million visitors this year - an all-time record

Spain’s tourism records just keep on tumbling – last month marked the first time ever that the nine million-mark was surpassed as 9,070,024 holidaymakers headed to Spain.

According to Spain’s national broadcaster TVE, the figure is a nine per cent increase on the same period last year and marks a high point for Spain’s thriving tourist industry

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Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare turns up the heat on Brits in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 25th, 2014

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The first episode of Ramsay's Costa del Nightmare aired on Tuesday night

Gordon Ramsay is tired. Tired of the effing, the blinding, the shouting and the scolding. He’s so tired, in fact, that the latest iteration of his Kitchen Nightmares series – Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare – is rumoured to be his last. And if Tuesday night’s pilot episode is anything to go by, he is going out with a bang…

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Spain’s Med diet comes up trumps yet again

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 24th, 2014

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The blue corner of Iberia stands apart from the rest of Europe

Spain is one of only a handful of nations around the world where heart disease is NOT the biggest killer… and it is all thanks to the country’s proclivity for the famously healthy – not to mention delicious – Mediterranean diet.

The fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, lean meats and lashings of olive oil that form the bedrock of Spanish cuisine sets the country apart from Europe when it comes to life expectancy, and is also to thank for the fact that heart disease is not the biggest killer…

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Spain forced to backpedal on unfair expat inheritance tax laws

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 23rd, 2014

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The change in Spain's tax ruling could benefit thousands of Brits, even those who have already inherited

The European Court of Justice today ruled that Spain’s inheritance tax laws – which are currently higher for expats than they are for Spaniards – are discriminatory.

In a landmark ruling, the Court decided that Spanish authorities are not legally allowed to charge different rates of inheritance tax. The move could benefit thousands of British expat families that, previously, were subjected to higher tax rates on certain assets, such as inheritance or gifts of property…

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Scotland chose correctly, says Spanish PM

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 22nd, 2014

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Although Catalans were hoping that Scotland would vote yes, the fact they voted at all is encouraging

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has expressed his delight that the Scottish Independence Referendum fell on the side of the ‘No’ vote, citing the “serious consequences” that could have occurred had Scotland voted for independence…

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Scotland’s ‘No’ vote pushes sterling to a 2-year high

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  September 19th, 2014

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Sterling banknotes and coinsAs 55 per cent of Scotland’s voters rejected independence on Thursday, in their Daily Market Brief, exchange experts Moneycorp report that overnight sterling advanced across the board, peaking at 02.24am on Friday morning when it was nearly 1 per cent higher on average than it had been 24 hours earlier; and 2.5 per cent above its level ahead of the Sunday Times publishing the first ‘too-close-to-call’ opinion poll on 7 September.

Despite having fallen back a little this morning, sterling remained close to a 2-year high against the euro, while against the dollar it was at its healthiest for more than 2 weeks.

Barcelona costliest Spanish city for tourists

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 19th, 2014

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Barcelona's beauty, vibe and unique architecture comes at a price

The most expensive place for tourists to visit in Spain is Barcelona, according to a recent study by travel website TripAdvisor.

The online poll assessed 52 Spanish locations, ranking each destination on costs likely to be incurred by the average tourist, such as a night at a four-star hotel, cocktails for two, a two-course dinner with wine, taxi fares and general entertainment…

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