Articles tagged as "Spanish expats"

Articles tagged as "Spanish expats" : 8 articles

Spanish expats in UK contribute £802 million to British economy

While Spaniards living in Britain may not love the rain, there is much about the country they do enjoy.

While Spaniards living in Britain may not love the rain, there is much about the country they do enjoy.

The enduring love affair between Spain and the UK – the occasional Gibraltar-themed spats aside – should serve as a reminder to those who wish to paint a picture of a divided Europe that even countries as ‘different’ as Britain and Spain share a great deal of love, respect and admiration for one another…

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Author: 03/11/2017 [0] Comments 

Spanish property 2016: Year in review, part II

As 2016 draws to a close, thoughts can now turn to what 2017 has in store.

As 2016 draws to a close, thoughts can now turn to what 2017 has in store.

The final six months of 2016 carried on the positivity evident in the first half of the year, riding roughshod over the naysayers who thought that ongoing and new political turmoil across Europe and the rest of the world would dent the optimism. Far from it…

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Author: 30/12/2016 [0] Comments 

Expats and alcohol: social glue or social lubricant?


Spain famously has more bars than any other country in Europe, making socialising in the country rather easy, fun and affordable.

“Taking the edge off” is a well-worn phrase that is uttered by most of us after a busy week when all we want to do is reach for a beer or bottle of wine from the fridge.

Brits and the Irish are particularly eager to enjoy a tipple or two at the weekend, and the two nations’ drinking cultures are fairly well established as being central to much of social life…

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Author: 15/10/2015 [0] Comments 

The most missed foodstuffs of Brit expats

Aisle never change: Most Spanish supermarkets cater for British tastes… at a premium.

Even the most committed, dyed-in-the-wool, never-going-back expat will admit to themselves, deep down in their heart of hearts, that there are at least some things that they miss about the old country

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Author: 12/03/2015 [0] Comments 

Brits abroad could be more sociable, study finds

Despite living in many countries around the world, Brits abroad can often be insular

According to a recent survey by international relocation company, Robinsons, around one-in-three British people who live abroad have made little or no attempt to integrate into the local culture.

The study questioned 1,000 UK expats about life abroad, revealing a few startling results…

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Author: 13/11/2014 [0] Comments 

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

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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Author: 08/10/2014 [0] Comments 

Emigrating is child’s play for kids, study finds

Expat kids are happy to dive right into a life in Spain

Although moving abroad to another country can be an extremely rewarding and enriching experience, the process can often take its toll on some people, not least the younger members of the family forced to uproot from their childhood home and leave behind friends and schooling.

However, a recent study by Spain’s Obra Social La Caixa has revealed that it is in fact the younger generation who settle into their new life abroad better than adults… Continue Reading

Author: 12/08/2014 [0] Comments 

Foreign buyers flocking back to Spain’s property market

Foreign buyers cannot resist Spain's abundant charms

The third quarter of 2012 saw an 18 per cent increase in the number of foreign buyers purchasing property in Spain when compared to the same period a year ago.

Statistics from Spain’s Public Works Ministry have revealed that 8,803 Spanish properties were bought by foreigners in the third quarter of the year, maintaining the upward trend of the past five quarters.

In fact, 2012 has been a watershed year for foreign investment in Spain, with every quarter enjoying strong figures – a 16.2 per cent increase on 2011’s first quarter, and a 15.3 per cent increase on the second. The signs are that the fourth and final quarter of 2012 will see the year finish strongly, too.

So what does this mean for the Costa del Sol? As Spain’s most popular region – among both holidaymakers and home huntersthe Costa del Sol is something of a trendsetter, and local experts have been claiming that the market has been in the ascendancy for the past few months.

Coupled with the Spanish government’s incentives for foreign investors (which includes residency permits for Russian and Chinese buyers if they purchase a property for at least €160,000), and a return of confidence among German, Scandinavian, British and French buyers, the situation for property in Spain is looking increasingly positive.

Spain’s economic woes continue to bedevil native Spaniards, however – domestic property sales transactions are down by 1.17 per cent on last year, and new home sales have fallen by 6.7 per cent in the past 12 months.

Property prices across many parts of Spain have fallen to reflect the economic difficulties facing millions of Spaniards. Official statistics show that property values are down by 9.5 per cent since 2011, and prices have broadly fallen back to levels not seen for almost a decade.

It’s a situation that has meant more affordability for foreign investors shielded from financial turmoil. British buyers no longer dominate the market like they used to, but are still a key player in the foreign investment market. As confidence returns and the pound continues to perform strongly against the euro, experts predict that 2013 could be a robust year for British buyers in Spain.

Author: 20/12/2012 [0] Comments 
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