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Key Facts

Official Name: Kingdom of Spain

Capital City: Madrid

Official Languages: Spanish

Religion: Roman Catholic

Currency: Euro

Time Zone: GMT + 1 hour

Country Domain: .es

Country Tel Code: 34

Moving to Spain

In the last several decades, Spain has been transformed from an agricultural country to a modernized industrial nation, in addition to becoming a member of the European Union (EU) in 1986. Its distinction of being the sunniest country in Europe has made it a popular vacation destination and contributed to a booming tourist trade.

Politics

Spain today is a parliamentary monarchy with the king as head of state. After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos announced he is abdicating in June 2014, passing the monarchy to his son, Felipe.

Executive power rests with an elected prime minister, usually the leader of the strongest party in parliament. The parliament, or Las Cortes Generales, is made up of two houses, a 350-member Congress of Deputies and a 259-member Senate.

Economy

Having become a more aggressive business entity since joining the EU, Spain is bringing its policies and business climate more in line with other member European countries. However, the global economic recession that began in 2008 hit Spain hard, with unemployment hovering around 25 percent for an extended period. Despite more recent economic growth, the job market has been slow to recover.

Property

Although rents have stabilized somewhat, affordable housing is still difficult to find in Spain. Both furnished and unfurnished apartments and houses are available. Unfurnished property normally comes without fixtures or fittings, except for bathrooms and kitchens. However, ovens and kitchen cabinets are generally included in all apartments and houses, and there is often a well-fitted wardrobe as well. Furnished housing is more likely to have the utilities connected.

Schools

There are a number of schools in Spain designed to accommodate expatriate children. Some offer curriculum based on that of a home country, some follow the Spanish educational system, and some offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

All schools offer kindergarten programs through the secondary level, and some offer pre-kindergarten programs.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Spain and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.

Contact Us

Santa Fe Relocation Services Madrid Office

Address: Via de las Dos Castillas no 33 Atica no 7 E-3, 2a Planta, Madrid

Contact Number: +34 91 799 22 22

Email: madrid@santaferelo.com

Madrid: Federico Montilla

Let us assist you with obtaining a Spanish visa, finding an apartment or school in Madrid, and more!”

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