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Madrid 5th most desirable city to work in, poll finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 16th, 2014

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The Spanish capital is viewed as the fifth-best place in the world to move to for work

Beaten out, predictably, by London, New York and Paris, Spanish capital Madrid still managed an impressive 5th place in a recent poll to find the world’s top destinations for expat workers

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What now for Catalonia?

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 15th, 2014

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The Catalan government has decided to scrap next month's planned referendum on independence

Spain’s want-away autonomous region of Catalonia has cancelled its planned independence referendum in November after the Spanish high court in Madrid stood firm in its refusal to recognise the process…

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Spanish property price rises among most stable in EU

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 14th, 2014

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Property prices in Spain have risen by 0.8 per cent in the past 12 months

Data published at the weekend by the European Union’s statistical office Eurostat has revealed that Spain’s housing market is one of the steadiest on the Continent…

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Spain property sales up 12% in last quarter

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 13th, 2014

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Money, movement and confidence have returned to Spain's property market, both domestically and among foreigners

The resurgent Spanish property market kicked into an even higher gear in the last quarter, rising by 12 per cent compared to last year.

According to data released last week by the Ministry of Public Works, the April to June period of this year saw 91,338 properties sold – the best second quarter since 2010 and a notable increase on the same period in 2013…

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VIVA at A Place in the Sun… show biz!

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  October 10th, 2014

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The VIVA stand at A Place in the Sun Live, Birmingham NEC

The number of visitors to the Show exceeded all expectations

Following the enormous success and stunning response we received at the ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ property exhibition at London Olympia back in March, for the second time in 7 months members of the VIVA team flew into the UK again last weekend, this time to take part in the Birmingham NEC edition of the Show. And thanks to the huge number of visitors who stopped by at our stand what an amazing time we all had…

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The things Brit expats miss… and the things they don’t

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 9th, 2014

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Life away from the UK has near-endless perks, but some of us will still miss the old country

Life as an expat can be occasionally strange. One minute you will be embracing your new life to the full – language courses, new cuisines, a growing social group drawn from many different countries, an evolving sense of belonging – and before you know it you’re trawling Google Street View of old haunts, sighing wistfully at the battered fish & chip shops, grey skies and slight air of menace and mild decay blinking back at you from your computer screen…

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7th, 11th, or top spot? Where does Spain rank in expat life quality?

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 8th, 2014

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What makes Spain a top choice for expat living? The answer is all down to you

Summertime can be a drag for journalists. On the hunt for news stories, the best one can sometimes do is proclaim that ‘The UK will be hotter than parts of Greece this week’ (yes, the mountainous, snow-capped bits); or run semi-fearful stories of Great White Sharks being spotted 50 miles – yes!, 50 miles – off the Cornish coast…

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Spain enjoys 8-year high employment figures

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 7th, 2014

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Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos has overseen the country's steady recovery

September saw Spain post the best job figures since 2006 as the country’s sweeping economic reforms continued to alleviate eight years of gloom.

Although the monthly rise in job creation was only 0.7 per cent, it helped lower September’s unemployment figures – an impressive performance considering that the end of the summer season traditionally swells the dole queue as tourism work dries up…

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New Spanish king costs just 17 cents per head, government reveals

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 6th, 2014

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At just 17 cents per head, King Felipe of Spain is the cheapest Monarch in Europe

Spain boasts some of the cheapest holiday resorts in Europe, and can now claim to have the most cost-effective Royal family, too.

King Felipe VI, 46 – who took to the throne earlier this year following the surprise abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos – costs each Spaniard just €0.17 cents per year, making him the cheapest figurehead on the continent

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Andalusian government throws lifeline to Brits stuck in property limbo

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 3rd, 2014

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As many as 25,000 properties could benefit from the proposed change to Andalucía's planning law

The issue of illegally built homes dotted about the Andalusian countryside has been a thorn in the side of thousands of Brits for the past decade. But an announcement this week by the president of Andalucía’s Junta could finally lift the uncertainty for these British homeowners who have been living in limbo for nearly ten years…

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