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Spain jobless figures continue to fall

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 4th, 2014

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Spain's economic recovery is beginning to create more jobs

Official data from Spain’s Labour Ministry has revealed that the country’s jobless total fell by 1,949 in February – the first time since 2007 that the shortest month of the year has seen a fall in unemployment.

This latest round of job creation means that there are now 4.81 million unemployed people in Spain – a figure that still accounts for 25 per cent of the working age population and remains one of the highest in the EU… Continue Reading

New expats moving for fun, not work

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 3rd, 2014

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The joys of overseas living are increasingly the reason why Brits become expats

A recent survey by international networking forum InterNations has found that 17 per cent of the 11,500 expats polled said they moved countries because they enjoy living abroad.

While this percentage was lower than the 34 per cent who emigrated for work, the gap has narrowed – particularly when compared to more established expats. A similar poll by insurer Axa PPP of 1,000 people who have lived abroad for more than two years found that more than half moved because of their career.

The results suggest that work opportunities, while still the most decisive factor when relocating, are no longer the overriding reason why people seek a new life overseas.

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From drag to driver: Spain now one of Europe’s leaders, say Rajoy

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 28th, 2014

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The Spanish Prime Minister is confident that Spain is now a key part of Europe's future

In a rather bullish state of the nation address this week, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spoke of how Spain is no longer a drag on Europe, and is now seen as a key driver in the continent’s economic future.

That message of positivity was delivered on the back of an encouraging set of figures released by the government that showed a better-than-expected one per cent rise in GDP forecast for 2014. Such an increase, although modest, would allow for sustained job creation in Spain for the first time in six years… Continue Reading

Ten rather British expat problems

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 27th, 2014

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Life's a beach for British expats in Spain, save for a few awkward encounters

There are few things that have me in stitches. In a literal sense, I went over the handlebars of my BMX when I was a nine-year-old, cutting a hole in my chin that required a daunting trip to the emergency room and an even more daunting telling-off from my mom. In a metaphorical sense, the occasional funny cat meme might do it, but more often than not my default chuckle setting is mild mirth.

That is until I stumbled across the Twitter account Very British Problems. If you’re in any way a typically awkward, overly-polite Brit, I urge you to check it out. It’s hilarious… Continue Reading

Spain debt rating upgraded with a positive outlook

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 26th, 2014

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Spain's fledgling economic recovery has now been recognised by credit agency Moody's

International rating agency Moody’s has upgraded Spain’s economy by one notch, a move that reflects the country’s careful rebalancing of its economy and the introduction of more flexible labour laws – the effects of which have created a more sustainable growth model.

While this is good news indeed for Spain’s economy, the fact that the country has been upgraded from Baa3 to Baa2 shows that there is still plenty of work yet to be done before ministers can claim that Spain is truly out of the woods… Continue Reading

Gastro tourism: a filling side dish for Spain’s economy

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 25th, 2014

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Spanish cuisine attracted 7.4 million tourists in 2013, according to research

For visitors to Britain it’s the history and tradition that draws in the tourists – the castles, the Royal Family, Stonehenge, the cobbled streets of York, the spires of Oxford, the charm of Edinburgh; for France it’s the romantic landscape – the rolling hills of Provence, the dazzling sea of the Cote d’Azure, the skyline of Paris; and for Italy it’s the lifestyle – cafes on the piazza, ice cream on the beach, gallery-hopping in Florence, people-watching in Rome.

As for Spain? Well, it’s long been a case of ‘take your pick’… Continue Reading

VIVA’s coming to London!

Author: Holly Purnell  |  February 24th, 2014

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A Place in the SunOver the last year or more, so many of our yourVIVA subscribers have been asking us when we’ll be coming to the UK. So, our response? Well, why not… let’s do it!

That’s right, for the first time in 6 whole years, the VIVA team is jetting back to the UK… to see you!

We will be taking part at Channel 4’s overseas property exhibition A Place in the Sun Live, at London Olympia on 28-30 March 2014 and what’s more… you can get your tickets from us for FREE!

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Top 5 reasons why the Costa del Sol tops the property charts

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 19th, 2014

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In terms of climate, terrain and location, the Costa del Sol has been dealt a rather generous hand

It’s a relatively well-known fact that the Costa del Sol is one of the world’s leading property hotspots for foreign buyers. The region regularly tops polls, studies and surveys into where people are investing in property, and can boast an estimated one million expat residents drawn from a number of foreign countries.

But why? Why does the Costa del Sol turn so many heads? VIVA has spent years espousing the appeal of the region, but what it boils down to are these five simple facts…

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Bradley Wiggins clicks into gear for the Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  February 18th, 2014

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Bradley Wiggins will be riding for Team Sky in what will be his first stage race this season

Celebrating its 60th edition this year, the Ruta del Sol Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía kicks off in Almería on Wednesday, 19 February with 19 international teams – seven of them World Tour teams – racing their way through all eight Andalusian provinces, before crossing the finishing line 733 kilometres later, in Fuengirola on Sunday, 23 February…

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Brit pensioners in Spain to lose Winter Fuel Allowance

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 17th, 2014

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British pensioners enjoying a warm retirement in Spain will soon no longer receive the Winter Fuel Allowance

British pensioners living in Spain are to have their Winter Fuel Allowance removed in a proposed benefit shakeup designed to save the British taxpayer more than £17 million.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced that pensioners who reside in countries with an annual average temperature that is higher than the warmest region in the UK will no longer be eligible for the benefit from next year…

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