WHY SPAIN?

No doubt, there are many beautiful countries in the world for life and business, for education and family life. Perhaps at different stages of your life these will be different countries and perhaps – one for good. Like the first (or last) love...

Why Spain? There are many reasons! Would you like to know some of them?

 

·         Record high life expectancy

Recent statistical data (OECD, 2018) showed that in Spain there are more than 100 thousand people aged over 100 years!

At the same time, by average life expectancy (83.2 years) Spain is ranged second in the world after Japan where this ratio is just 0.2 years higher!

There are different opinions on how the Spaniards manage to live for so long. The most frequent arguments include a healthy Mediterranean diet, which (just like the one of Japanese) largely consists from fresh fish, vegetables and fruits, moderate but regular consumption of wine, clean air and a favorable climate, as well as settled lifestyle with no rush - because the Spaniards are never in hurry! Or maybe it's because they are smiling? It is proven that a smile extends life.

Who knows, perhaps, it is not far off that day when the Spaniards will overtake the Japanese? Moreover, medicine in this country has gained unprecedented achievements.

 

 
 

·         High living standards

Not surprisingly, Spain’s high living standards are reflected also by international ratios. According to the Quality of life Index (2018), Spain is on the 15th place, while the living standards in the country continue to improve – just 5 years ago Spain was only the 21st (Numbeo).

 

·         Short workweek

The Spaniards are not only unhurried (and even often sluggish) in their affairs. They also work less than the average European do! So, having bought a home and moved to Spain, you will not have to work hard to assure you, moreover, working too much here is prohibited by law!

The average workweek in Spain is 37.5 hours (Eurostat, 2017), and a long list of laws and regulations in this country regulates labor relations, maximally protecting and caring about the employee. Thus, the Statute of Workers establishes an absolute limit of the workweek, totaling 40 workhours, while daily limit of work is 9 hours. As you may know, in Spain there is a tradition of long lunch breaks, allowing not only taking your food without hurry, but also resting and even taking a nap.

 

Employees are generally eligible for a 30-day annual paid vacation; in addition, in Spain there are 14 public holidays – days-off, including two “long” holidays – Easter and Christmas, which provide the opportunity to spend longer time with family and friends.

 
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·         Care and safety as a priority

Spain is considered to be a safe place for both local people, tourists, students, business travelers and others. In Spain, the level of crime is low and continues to decrease.

In Spain, there are numerous law enforcement organizations. Although many cities have their own municipal police, the Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) is responsible for general policing in rural areas.

In urban areas (usually with a population of more than 20,000 people), the National Police Corps (Cuerpo Nacional de Policía) assumes responsibility for general policing.

In addition, in Spain, at the level of the state and society, it is customary to take care of the elderly, persons with disabilities, children, as well as all those who are weak and in need of protection, in trouble or in difficulty.

 

·         Excellent transport infrastructure

Spain has a developed network of motorways and highways. In the absence of other restrictions, the maximum allowable speed for cars is 120 km/h.

Public transport system, including trains, buses, metro, and air communication, is at a high level, both internationally and domestically. By ferry you can easily get from here to the UK or Morocco.

 
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·         High level of competitiveness

According to the Global Competitiveness Index (2017-2018 edition), from 137 countries Spain is ranked 34th in the world. As the main competitive advantages of Spain, the favorable impact of globalization, developed infrastructure and business strategies are noted.

With a population of 46.5 million, Spain itself is a huge market, in terms of population ranking fifth in the EU.

·         Low suicide rate

Such a sad indicator as the number of suicides per 100,000 people in Spain is very low, and this is primarily due to the people’s satisfaction with living standards and the quality of life. It is believed that the positive mood of people is largely influenced by the number of sunny days per year and their duration. Thus, by the rate of suicided Spain is 90th in the world, while Latvia is on the 11th place (World Population Review, 2018).

 

·         Healthcare system – one of the best in the world

It is known that Spain spends about 10% of its GDP on health and is ranked sixth in the EU in terms of the number of doctors (there are about 4 doctors per 1,000 people in the country).

Not surprisingly, in terms of healthcare in general, Spain is ranked 7th in the world (World Health Organization, 2017). This is due to both the high level of development of medical technologies and universality, or availability of medical services to public: primary medical care is free of charge here. In addition, the country tops the world’s ratings in the field of transplantology.

Free state medical care is guaranteed for all those who live and work in Spain. Moreover, you do not need to pay for the visit to the doctor an wait for the compensation you’re your insurance company - the state has already taken care of paying for medical services. Besides that, the state also covers a part of the patient’s expenses for prescription drugs.

EU residents have the right to receive medical care in Spain for free during the first 3 months of their stay, provided that they have an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).

If you live in Spain, you will be entitled to free medical care, provided that:

• You are an employee or a self-employed person who makes contributions to the social security fund,

• You receive certain state benefits,

• You have recently divorced from a partner registered with the social security system,

• You are a child,

• You are a pregnant woman,

• You are up to 26 years old and are in the process of getting education in Spain;

• You are a pensioner receiving state pension.

Spain offers truly superb and quick medical care. There are many new hospitals in the  territory of the country, equipped with the most modern medical equipment and technologies.

In Spain, high-level therapy is available for people suffering from asthma, rheumatism, arthritis or heart diseases.

According to the results of many surveys, Spain is one of the best countries in the world for motherhood.

 

 

 

·         Multicultural environment and tolerance

Spain is predominantly a Roman Catholic country. According to different sources, 67 to 94% of the population profess this religion with varying degrees of commitment.

However, although Roman Catholicism still remains the dominant religion in Spain, increasingly more Spaniards, especially young people, are indifferent or restraint to religion issues or even consider themselves non-religious. Only 10% of young people aged 15 to 29 consider themselves to be practicing Catholicism.

A restrained attitude towards their own religion makes the local population extremely tolerant to the representatives of other faiths and doctrines, provided that they are equally peaceful and not aggressive preachers who carry their teaching to the masses as the only truth.

In Spain, compared to other European countries, the level of presence of right-wing radicals and movements against immigrants is objectively low. There is no prejudiced attitude towards foreigners, which is often faced in other European countries. 

·      One of the most widespread languages in the world

Spanish is one of the world's leading languages, spoken by about 450 million people.

Spanish and Catalan are the dominant languages in the largest cities. In small towns, such as Seville, you will hear Basque, Galician and Valencian languages.


 

·         Life for cheap

The cost of living in Spain is very different from the cost of living elsewhere in Western Europe. Food, the housing prices and its maintenance costs, utilities, catering and entertainment - all this on average will be 30% cheaper than in most “Old World” countries. Do not forget about free medical care!

 

 

 

·         Historical and cultural inheritance

Spain is formed from several kingdoms, which have got their modern form over a long time, but have preserved their own unique culture – Andalusia, Catalonia, Galicia, Basque Country, Valencia, etc. To visit each of these provinces is almost the same as visiting a separate country.

With its 44 UNESCO world heritage objects throughout the country, Spain is the third largest UNESCO object in the world, with only China and Italy being ahead.

·         Advanced university education system

By the level of the higher education system, Spain is ranked 12th in the world (and 6th in Europe) (QS Higher Education System Rankings, 2018).

Spanish universities have a long history dating back to the thirteenth century. Today, 78 public and private universities in Spain offer students a wide range of courses and programs at all levels.

Universities are located throughout the country, but are mainly concentrated in large cities. The largest number of universities is found in Madrid and Barcelona.


 

·         Wonderful climate and always nice weather

Spain is ranked 7th in the world in terms of favorability of weather and climate conditions (InterNations survey results, 2017). The warm Mediterranean climate with low precipitation in summer and balanced temperatures in winter prevails here. It is not surprising that this is one of the warmest parts of Europe, with no large contrast in temperatures thought the year. Winters in Spain are mild – the average temperature varies from 12-13ºC in the northern regions (Bilbao) to 13-15ºC in the central part of the continental zone (Barcelona, Valencia), reaching 15-19ºC in the south and in the islands (Algeciras, Las Palmas). At the same time, the temperature in summer rarely exceeds 25ºC, which makes Spanish climate healthy and extremely comfortable for living.


 

 

 

·         Much sun

For many people, probably including you, Spain is associated with the sun, which attracts millions of tourists to its coasts every year. For sure, sunlight makes people much happier!

By the number of sunny days in the year, Spain shares the first place in Europe with Portugal. Depending on the region, here you can enjoy here 3,300 – 3,600 sunny hours a year.

Besides that, the southern coast of Spain is the westernmost point of Europe, where the sun shines up to 10 pm and grants unforgettable summer evenings. You can sunbathe on the beach until 8 – 9 pm and enjoy the sunset in one of the outdoor beach cafes thereafter.


   

·         Proximity of sea and gorgeous beaches

Beautiful weather in combination with the magnificent sandy beaches of Spain’s sunny coastline makes up a unique combination. Moreover, the sea is relatively close from each place of the country. Even in the capital, Madrid, located in the center of the country, you are only three hours car drive away from the sea coast.

The sea is the warmest in the Balearic and Canary Islands of Spain, and the coldest one in the northern part of the country. Therefore, if in the cold months of the year you decide to get warm, you can fly to the Canaries and enjoy the hot sun there.


 

 

·         Tasty and qualitative food

Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, wines in the best traditions and olive oil together make a set of ideal products for healthy life. Fresh seasonal products are always available in the local markets.

In Spain, people cook both delicious fish and seafood, and grilled meat. There are outstanding gastronomic bars, while each of the provinces of Spain has its own gastronomy. The tapas concept allows you to enjoy delicious small snacks with your family and friends all day long.


 

Best restaurants

Gourmets in Spain will be delighted not only with the choice of products, but also with the variety of bars and restaurants for every taste and purse, from everyday inexpensive gastronomic bars to the most luxurious restaurants. By the way, 3 of European “top ten” restaurants are located in Spain: Etxebarri (Axpe), Azurmendi (Larrabetzu) and Restaurant Quique Dacosta (Dénia) (OAD, Top 100+ European Restaurants 2018).


 

 

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Winery traditions

Spain is the country with the largest vineyards territory on the planet. It is ranked third in the world in terms of wine production, after Italy and France, producing about 14.5% of the total world’s wine volume (OIV, 2016).

The wines of Spain are among the most famous wines in the world, and it is natural that this country is one of the most popular destinations for organizing wine tours. In the north you will find many vineyards specializing in red and white wines, and Andalusia in the south is better known for its unique dessert wines.

Catalonia and Andalusia are the most ancient wine regions of Spain.

The price of ordinary table wine in Spain ranges from 2 to 4 EUR per bottle. This is due to both lower prices of vineyards compared to France and a relatively low production cost.

   

·         Diversity of nature

Spain is one of the largest and most geographically diverse countries in Europe.

Visiting Spain and driving through its territory, you will be surprised with the diversity of nature here. The sea and the sun, sandy beaches and wide plains and snowy mountains (Pyrenees, Sierra Nevada) – all can be found. In Spain, there are many places with unique nature, nature reserves, cultural parks and lakes. In tourist areas there are numerous outstanding aquariums and zoos.

 


 

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·         Sport as lifestyle

Sport is one of the important parts of life in Spain. The level of support of the development of mass sports and physical education in the country, provided by state authorities and municipalities, is close to fanaticism! There are numerous parks in the country with free training simulators, sport grounds, treadmills and even ping-pong tables.

·         Unlimited opportunities for active recreation

In Spain, there are many appropriately equipped themed places for active recreation, including extreme ones. Camps for fans of surfing, horse riding, hiking, tennis, rowing and even winter sports is not the complete list of your opportunities!


 


·         Popular place to visit

According to the UN World Tourism Organization, Spain is one of the most popular and demanded tourist destinations, ranked third in the world (UNWTO, 2017) for many years in a row. The number of tourists coming here every year significantly exceeds the population of the country – and this is no coincidence! Come to visit Spain you too!

 

 

 

·         Growing real estate market

Investments in real estate in Spain are increasingly growing again. It’s no secret that housing prices fell sharply during the crisis, but now the worst times of the real estate market are long behind, while in Spain there are places and whole regions where truly attractive real estate is still underestimated and it may be an interesting object for your investments. Would you like to know more?

Now it is the right time to make a decision if you are interested in investing in real estate, especially if you are about to move to Spain anyway.

 

·         Family above all things

Most Spaniards are easy outgoing extroverts, but at the same time they are able not just communicable, but also faithful friends and family people.

In Spain there is a real cult of family. Family members in Spain are very close to each other. During the siesta, they try to spend time with their loved ones, have dinner together and talk to each other. In the evenings, they often prepare large family meals and organize parties.

·         Smiling people

Spain is primarily a country of smiling people, not burdened with stress. Believe us, they know how to enjoy life!

The Spanish people are known for their great hospitality, friendliness and respect for each other, to the elderly and visitors of their country.


 

  



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