TOP REASONS

Here you can find some of the most important reasons why are so many people interested and considering moving to Spain.

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HEALTH CARE

Healthcare in Spain is public and free of charge for all residents. If you are interested to have a private health insurance as well, you can find a lot of providers offering very affordable options.

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PHARMACEUTICS COST

Did you know that 10 ml bottle of insulin in the U.S. has a list price of about $450? It means a person with diabetes will pay around $3,000 a month to stay alive without insurance.

You can buy the same 10 ml bottle of insulin in Spain for about $8.

The prices of prescription drugs especially in US are extremely high and a lot of people simply cannot afford it. 

Cost of prescriptions in Spain is very affordable in comparison with Us and other countries.

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SAFETY

Spain ranks as one of the top 10% of the safest countries in the world.

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FIRST WORLD COUNTRY

The definition of “First World countries” today is used to describe a set of countries around the world with several similar and distinctive characteristics.

First World countries have laws in place and have a high-functioning democracy. There is little political risk within these countries. The economy of a First World country is stable, and there is a high standard of living. These countries have capitalist economies. In order to be classified as a First World country, several factors are considered. The gross domestic product and the gross national product of the economy are evaluated. Life expectancy, literacy rates and data from the Human Development Index are also taken into consideration.

First World countries:

Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, West Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

Neutral countries that were developed: 

Austria, Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland.

 

Countries that were aligned with the United States:

Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

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ACCESSIBLE

REAL ESTATE

There are no restrictions on buying property in Spain, whether it's commercial, residential or land. In fact, Spain encourages investment by foreigners, both resident and non-resident.

You can find very affordable residential properties starting from $40,000 Euro or very luxurious residential properties for $80,000,000.00 Euro depending on the area or what you are looking for.

You will receive much more bang for your buck than any other country.

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ACCESSIBLE AND GOOD  EDUCATION

You have several options, including paying for private, international schooling, which is often offered in English, or integrating fully into the state education system.

 

State-funded public schools in Spain are free to attend for the children of expats if they have registered at the local town hall on the municipal register (known as the empadronamiento).

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GREAT TRANSIT SYSTEM

It doesn't matter if you are using a car, metro, train, or airplanes. Spain has very good transit system between the cities and other countries in Europe. 

Spain is 2nd country after China in distance covered by its high-speed AVE train network.

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NOT AN ISLAND

Spain is not a developing country or some small inaccessible island in the middle of nowhere.

 

You have access to anything that you would access in any other developed country.

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FRIENDLY PEOPLE

Spanish culture is one of the most friendly cultures in the world. Spain is well-know for the following: Live and enjoy.

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INCREDIBLE FOOD

Spain is not a country of fast food. You will find fast food chain, but it is not the most common food that the people living in Spain eat and you will not find so many obese people on the street, because of the bad diet.

 

Spanish food is incredibly varied, the first known recipes were written in the 14th Century. The Spanish Mediterranean cuisine is a great mix of different cuisines including the Moors, Arabs, Jews, French and Italians.

 

There are literally thousands of recipes and flavors to experience when you live or visit various regions of Spain. Spain has a plenty of vegetables and fruits and was always considered a garden of Europe.

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WEATHER

In Spain, you can find all the type of climate. There is a big difference between North and South and between inland and the coast.

 

Thanks to a natural shelter from the weather fronts that are so common along the Atlantic coast, the regions of Spain that border the Mediterranean (coastal Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia, coastal Andalusia, Balearic Islands) enjoy less rain and more sunshine than their northern counterparts.

That is the reason why Costa del Sol has a great year around weather.

 

July and August are the hottest months in the region, with the average daily max temperatures around 86 Fahrenheit (31 Celsius).

 

January is the coldest time of the year, with the average daily temperatures at around 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius).

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PLENTY TO EXPLORE

If you like exploring and traveling places, you will never be bored. Spain is one of the biggest and diverse countries in the world and you can travel, visit and discover for years any of the 17 provinces and you will always be surprised with the variety of history, architecture and culture of places. 

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VARIOUS VISA OPTIONS

Spain offers many options for visas and residence permits. Each option has its own set of requirements.

 

The most common visas are:

- Tourist Visa

- Student Staying Permit

- Non-Lucrative Visa and Residence Permit (sometimes called Retirement Visa)

- Employment Visa and Residence Permit

- Self-Employment Visa and Residence Permit

- Entrepreneur Visa and Residence Permit

- Investor Visa and Residence Permit (also known as the “Golden Visa”)

- Long Duration (Permanent) Residence Permit

- Spanish Nationality for the Descendants of Sephardic Jews

- Family Roots Visa and Residence (arraigo)

Other options:

 

- intra-company transfers

- family reunification

- asylum seekers

- students serving post-graduate internships

- former students applying for jobs after university graduation

You can check your consulate’s website for additional information.

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LIFE BALANCE

A life balance is one of the main reasons for people who worked a lot during their life. 

Despite the pressure to have it all, many people feel they are failing both in the work and at home.

Spain is a perfect place to combine both.

Life is short and everybody needs to have a balance between work and personal life.

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FINANCIAL FREEDOM

A lower cost of living in Spain allows many expats afford the opportunity to enjoy financial freedom and even use their expat salary to fund a more extravagant lifestyle.

 

This change in financial prosperity is often a really strong driving factor for those moving to Spain.

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COST OF LIVING

The cost of living in Spain is just a fraction of the cost of living in the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France and many others European countries.

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HEALTH CARE COST

Cost of Healthcare in US is one of the most expensive healthcares' system in the world.

More than 20 millions American cannot afford to have their own Healthcare insurance.

 

Healthcare in Spain is public and free of charge for all residents.

 

If you are interested in a private health insurance, you can find a lot of providers offering very affordable options.

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PRESCRIPTIONS

In many countries, especially US you will need a prescription for the majority of drugs.

 

You can purchase the majority of drugs in Spain and the rest of Europe without a need to visit a Doctor or any prescription in any Pharmacy. 

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COSMOPOLITAN

Spain is very cosmopolitan and multicultural country with a high number of international presence where you can find a million foreigners living or visiting.

In Spain is living more than 43 million people and around 14% (6,000,000) are foreigners.

 

The biggest international communities:

- English

- American

- German

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EXPATS COMMUNITIES

Spain is one of the countries with a big international presence where you can find a lot of expats communities. In Spain is living more than 43 million people and around 14% (6,000,000) are foreigners.

 

The biggest expat community is English- speaking community.

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LOW PROPERTY TAXES

Spain is one of the countries that has the lowest property taxes. The Annual Property Tax is officially known as Impuestos sobre Bienes Inmuebles.

 

The property taxes are set by the local provincial government, and the rates vary— depending on the province—from about 0.00405% to 0.01166% of the catastral value of the property.

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SPANISH HISTORY

Spain has an incredible history and culture. The history of Spain dates back to the Middle Ages.

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ACCESS TO EUROPE

You can visit or live in any other European country as a Spanish resident anytime without any restrictions.

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CURRENCY

Spain is using Euro and the same another 27 European countries, so if you travel you have no need to exchange to any additional currency. Spain has plenty of banks and ATM's everywhere.

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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

If you want to take any kind of trip to any international destination in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia or South America, it is very easy to find a connection. 

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LONGEVITY

Spain is not a country of fast food. You will find fast food chain, but it is not the most common food that the people living in Spain eat and you will not find so many obese people on the street, because of the bad diet.

 

Spain is set to become the country with the longest life expectancy by 2040, with citizens living an average of 85.8 years.

Japan is currently holding the designation of the highest life expectancy with an average of 85.7 years.

 

Other nations in Europe with high life expectancies include neighboring Portugal and Switzerland.

 

The U.S. isn't even in the top 50, for comparison.

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NATIONAL PARKS

There are sixteen big national parks in Spain and a dozen of natural parks and protected areas. Andalusia has two big National parks (Sierra Nevada and Donana) and 11 natural parks. 

30% of the surface area of Andalusia is a protected space. Southern Spain is rich in these landscapes. Andalusia is a home to both, snow-capped mountains and Saharan deserts.

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DIVERSE LANDSCAPE

Spain has very diverse landscape, with a long Mediterranean coastline and its own mountain chain.

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QUALITY OF LIFE

Spain ranks as the best place in Europe for expats wanting to enjoy life, and second overall, just behind New Zealand.

 

You can choose to live in the expat community or immerse into the local culture.

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LANGUAGE

A lot of people chose Spain to improve their language skills.

Spain is a perfect place to learn Spanish and immerse in Spanish culture.

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ANOTHER RESONS

If you are interested to see the main reasons why people are leaving the country where they are living, click here... or on the picture below.

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