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Living in Spain

Living in Spain does not mean any decrease in living standards. For example the Spanish health care is at least as good as the English, and you don’t have to pay deductibles when you go to the doctor.

The prices in Spain are generally lower than in England and the same applies to the tax levels. The costs of electricity, gas and internet however are a bit higher than back home.

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Where to settle in Spain

If you are planning to live in Spain, you should get to know a little about the different areas before moving. You can either choose to live in an area witk plenty of British expats, or you can choose to live in an area where only Spanish is spoken. Some areas with many British Expats are Costa Blanca, Gran Canaria and Costa Del Sol, where you can find all kinds of services like healthcare, banking and craftsmen in your own language. There are also some English schools in Spain.
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Living in Spain
A beach on Costa del Sol

Regardless of where in Spain you are planning to live, it is recommended to attend to a Spanish class. Life will be a lot easier if you speak a little Spanish. Even though the locals in the most popular tourist resorts are used to speaking English, they will always appreciate foreigners speaking some of their own language. On basicspanishclasses.com you may find Spanish classes all over Spain.

As an employee in Spain you have to pay taxes and you expect the same rights as back home. Those living in Spain, describe life as a game, given that you have a decent job or have set up your own successful business.

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Getting started

A lot of the paperworks needed to get started in Spain can be very complicated, especially if you don't speak Spanish. It is always advisable to use a Gestor or a Lawyer when it comes to taxes, buying a property, inheritance etc. These kind of offices will give you invaluable help in the jungle of the ever changing Spanish bureaucracy, making your everyday life much easier.

Cultural differences

Of course living in Spain is different than living in UK. In order to be integrated it is important to be aware of these differences. Spaniard are known to be very outgoing, open hearted and curios on us foreigners and they are very talkative. You could experience that strangers are smiling at you in the street and that your neighbours start talking to you, even if they don’t know you.

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