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Police reports for theft, loss or damage can now be made online
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:40:39 +0200

REPORTING loss, theft or damage to the police can now be carried out online rather than having to go to the Guardia Civil station in person. The ...
'Multi-cultural toilets' for Barcelona airport's taxi drivers
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:38:57 +0200

A RISE in the number of foreign taxi drivers at Barcelona's El Prat airport has led to 'multi-cultural toilets' being installed in Terminals 1 and 2.

Spanish homebuyers typically go house-hunting on their mobiles during commercial breaks
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:37:13 +0200

HALF of all Spaniards seeking to buy property search for their ideal home on their mobiles, according to a survey by Fotocasa. Those who do so ...

Petrol stations fined €32m for 'price-fixing agreements'
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:36:20 +0200

FIVE of Spain's petrol giants have been fined a total of €32 million for the illegal practice of 'pacting prices' between them, which goes against free ...
Life-saving lung implant via femoral artery pioneered at La Fe hospital
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:36:28 +0200

VALENCIA'S La Fe hospital has worked out how to implant an arterial heart-lung connecting valve via the femoral artery, a swift and technically-simple form of surgery which means patients born ...
Atocha 'explosion' was burst air cylinder, confirms rail board
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:51:51 +0200

TERRIFIED passengers at Madrid's main Atocha station described an 'explosion' yesterday (Wednesday) inside a train, which led to the outer metro service being disrupted.

Was Parliament deputy chair playing Candy Crush during debate of the nation?
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:33:54 +0200

A LEADING politician has come under fire for allegedly playing Candy Crush during the debate of the nations. Celia Villalobos, first deputy chair ...
Two-day student strike over three-year undergraduate degree plan
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:51:45 +0200

STUDENTS at Spain's main universities are on strike again today after having staged a protest and shut-down yesterday over plans to reduce degrees to three years from their current four and ...
Routine breast cancer screening 'should continue until age 75', says Barcelona doctor
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:41:55 +0200

WOMEN should be automatically screened for breast cancer until at least the age of 74, according to a Barcelona oncologist.

Policeman rescues puppy from violent owner - and keeps him for himself
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:06:13 +0200

NATIONAL Police officers who rescued an ill-treated dog have fallen in love with him - and one of the team has taken him home to be part of the family.

New €20 note to hit Spain
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:04:47 +0200

THE new-style €20 note is due to come into circulation on November 25 this year, with the design reflecting that of the recent editions of €5 and €10 notes.

Letizia, 'Queen of thrift' and 'style icon', according to British press
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:03:22 +0200

QUEEN Letizia has hit the headlines in the UK for being 'another Royal recycler' after she was seen wearing the same pullover at three different public engagements.

'State of the nation' debate: Rajoy to launch 'social package' to ease pressure on residents
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:01:49 +0200

THE last Parliamentary debate on the state of the nation before the next general elections saw president Mariano Rajoy (PP) announcing a 'social package' to 'reward' residents in ...
Ale-Hop opens 50 new shops in three years with two in Tenerife in 2015
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:55:34 +0200

FUN gifts and accessories chain Ale-Hop has doubled its number of shops in three years, its founder Vicente Grimalt reveals.

Quality footwear label Hispanitas to open first own-brand shop in Madrid
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:54:28 +0200

UPPER-END high street shoe label Hispanitas has announced its first flagship store, due to open in Madrid in the autumn.

Julio Iglesias 'Adoptive Son' of Madrid
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:58:25 +0200

VETERAN crooner Julio Iglesias has been named 'Adoptive Son' of Madrid, one of the most prestigious titles a town or city can grant a former inhabitant.

Earthquake of 5.2 in Albacete felt from Valencia to Murcia and inland to Madrid
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:37:15 +0200

PANIC broke out across mainland Spain last night as an earthquake of 5.2 on the Richter scale struck the province of Albacete - one degree higher than the devastating ...
Ferrer wins Rio Open
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:08:28 +0200

Spain's David Ferrer continued his strong start to the season by defeating Fabio Fognini to take the title in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Ferrer took just an hour and 23 minutes to beat his Italian rival 6-2, 6-3, notching ...
Tax declarations start a week late as 'foreign pension amnesty' called
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:18:40 +0200

TAX return season will start a week late in Spain, on April 7 - but will still conclude on June 30, with all unpaid tax calculated during that time payable by the following day.

Property investment soars to €10.2bn in Spain, the highest since 2007
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:01:49 +0200

PROPERTY investment in Spain reached a record high last year, totalling €10.2 billion - a figure that has only ever been beaten in 2007 when home prices were at their most inflated and before the ...
Passing taxi and parked car crushed by falling tree in Valencia
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:00:54 +0200

TWO cars were crushed yesterday (Sunday) in the centre of Valencia when a large tree fell down in the gales currently sweeping the east coast. The ...
Formula 1: Alonso hospitalised after pre-season test smash
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:59:29 +0200

SPAIN'S Fernando Alonso suffered a dramatic crash yesterday (Sunday) during pre-season testing in his new McLaren at the Montmeló circuit in Barcelona, and is being kept in hospital ...
MotoGP ex-champ Jorge Lorenzo's gear stolen
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 03:23:38 +0200

FORMER MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo's overalls were stolen from a garage in Inca (Mallorca) this week. Guardia Civil officers arrested ...
La Fe hospital's mechanical heart saves a man with a fortnight to live
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 03:05:24 +0200

A VALENCIA hospital has 'cured' a father's deadly heart condition, which had left him with less than a fortnight to live, by fitting a 'robot' organ.

Rural Cantabria villagers hopeful of 'release' after a month snowed in
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 02:57:15 +0200

RESIDENTS in a Cantabria village are just starting to get back to normal after having been completely cut off from the outside world for a month due to extreme snowfall.

Spaniards in Britain targeted by racist thugs on Manchester bus
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 02:54:24 +0200

TWO Spanish men suffered a violent racist attack on a Manchester bus this week when a young woman who was said to be 'very drunk and excitable' began punching them and telling them to ...
Mallorca Superbikes rider David Salom sustains head injuries at world championship qualifier
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:13:18 +0200

SPANISH Superbikes rider David Salom has suffered a dramatic fall today during the qualifier for the world championships in Melbourne, Australia, and is in hospital with head injuries.

'Operation Capture' success: British criminal found 12 years after fleeing to Spain
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:10:25 +0200

ONE of Britain's most-wanted fugitives who fled to Spain 12 years ago has been caught - the 65th success for the UK and Spanish police forces' 'Operation Capture' scheme, run in conjunction with ...
Silent protest: Spain calls 'day without music' as higher-rate VAT leads to losses in entertainment industry
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:07:58 +0200

CONCERT halls, shops, discos, bars and restaurants have called a 'national day without music' in protest over the VAT hike on cultural activities to 21% from its previous 4% back in September 2012. Even live streaming ...
The Happiest Spanish Families Live In Large Rented Homes
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:25:03 +0000

The happiest households are comprised of large families living in big rented homes, finds a new “Study of Happiness In Spanish Homes” by the blog Vivirenflow.com.
Spanish Property Investment Near Record Levels
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:08:13 +0000

Property investment in Spain hit 10,200 million Euro in 2014, second only to the boom year of 2007, explains an article in the Spanish daily El Mundo, based on a new report from the property consultants CBRE
Notaries: Spanish Housing Market Expands 19pc In 2014
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:18:18 +0000

The Spanish property market expanded by 19.1 per cent in 2014, according to the end-year data from the General Council of Notaries, based on home sales witnessed by notaries around Spain.
Spanish House Prices To Rise Five Per Cent Next Year Say Bankinter
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:45:30 +0000

The average price of property in Spain will rise nearly 1.5 per cent in certain locations this year, followed by a generalised increase of five per cent in 2016, according to Bankinter’s quarterly property market report.
Spanish Property Market To Recover Sooner Than Expected
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:30:52 +0000

Expect to be surprised by the speed of the Spanish property market recovery from now on, a Madrid-based financial consultancy has claimed in a recent report widely covered in the Spanish press.
Property Register House Price Index Up 2.5pc in 2014
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:20:46 +0000

The Official Spanish House Price Index from the Property Register reveals that property prices rose 2.5 per cent in 2014, the first year this index has been positive since 2009.
Spanish House Prices Continue Trend Towards Stability In January
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:10:34 +0000

Average national house prices declines an annualised 2.7 per cent across Spain in January, according to the TINSA General and Large Markets Index (IMIE in Spanish). Tinsa is one of the largest appraisal firms in Spain.
2014 A Record Year For Spanish Commercial Property Investment
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:51:20 +0000

The financial year 2014 was the second-best year ever for commercial real estate investment in Spain, says the real estate arm of the financial services group BNP Paribas.
Mortgage News: Euribor Base Rate Plumbs New Depths Making It Cheaper To Buy Property
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:19:39 +0000

Euribor, the rate normally used for Spanish mortgage interest payments, fell to 0.298% in January, the lowest rate on record, and 47% less than a year ago, as illustrated by the chart above.
Spanish Property Market Grows In 2014
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:52:10 +0000

The Spanish property market expanded last year for the first time since 2010, in a sign that the slump in home sales might have finally come to an end, according to the latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE). There were 286,408 home sales last year (excluding social housing), up 4% compared to 2013, but down 60% compared to the peak year of 2007. It looks like the Spanish property market has finally stopped contracting in volume terms, after shrinking for six consecutive years – excluding 2010, when the market was artificially inflated by Government tinkering with the tax code, and banks moving property portfolios from one balance sheet to another. With the exception of some local segments in prime areas of the big cities and popular coasts, the Spanish property market is still deep in crisis, but at least these figures suggest that the market has bottomed out in terms of sales. The following chart clearly illustrates how 2014 was a better year than 2013, with sales increasing in nine months out of twelve, compared to a decrease in nine months out of twelve in 2013. The gulf between new build and resale transactions widened throughout the year, as the pipeline of new homes that can realistically be sold ran dry. The collapse of the Spanish home-building industry is partly responsible for the plunge in new home sales. By region, sales increased the most in December in Malaga province, home to the Costa del Sol, followed by Girona province, home to the Costa Brava. Taking the year as a whole, sales were up the most in Malaga and the Balearics, largely thanks to foreign demand boosting the market in those areas. And finally, a table summarising monthly sales (excluding social housing) for the last seven years.

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