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POLL: Do you feel you live a healthier lifestyle in Spain?
25 July 2019

The Spanish have the highest healthy life expectancy in Europe – and beat Australia, Canada, Norway and the USA as well. This in part is thanks to an excellent healthcare system, ranked seventh in 2000 on the only occasion the World Health Organisation has compiled a league table. The UK was 18th. But it is not just the structures or even the skills of the doctors that matter. It is also the state of health of the people who arrive in the clinics.
Maybe the Mediterranean diet, heavy on fruit, salads, fish and olive oil, is responsible for the low death rate from heart disease – Spain has the 3rd lowest level of years of life lost. It also does well on a number of cancers – pancreatic, prostate, breast and oesophageal. Families still care for ailing relatives – taking daily meals to those in hospital is normal and premature deaths from falls are low. 

According to the European League Table, comprised of data collected over a 20 year period by medical journal, Lancet, Spain is the healthiest place to live compared with 18 other countries in the EU.
Ranking number one for life expectancy, Spanish residents live for an average of 81.4 years-two years longer than people living in Britain. They can also expect to enjoy up to 70.9 years of good health, compared with only 68.6 years of healthy life for the average Brit. The UK was left lagging behind in 12th place behind Greece, Ireland and Germany. It is also considered that the Spanish attitude to drinking alcohol and the weather plays an important role, encouraging a more outdoor lifestyle.

Do you feel you live a healthier lifestyle in Spain?

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POLL: Should all beaches be alcohol-free in Spain?
10 July 2019

LIFEGUARDS on Spanish beaches want to see alcohol banned to keep bathers safe, pointing out the dangers of drinking and then going into the sea.

In the same way as the public is now conscious of the extreme risk of driving after having consumed alcohol, the Spanish Life-Saving Federation (RFESS) says that same awareness needs to be created among sunseekers.

Although children are the most vulnerable to drowning in pools and the sea, statistically, most victims are adults, the RFESS says.

Exactly a third of those who drown are pensioners, according to safety and prevention commission coordinator Jéssica Pino.

“Age-related physical problems, such as a reduction in mobility, heart conditions and the greater risk of heart attacks that come with age are among the main risks,” Sra Pino says.

“The middle-aged and the elderly are not conscious that their abilities, response times and mobility are gradually reducing – add to this the lack of a culture of first aid knowledge in Spain, and the risk is higher.”

What do you think? Should all beaches be alcohol free or would we be tackling the problem in the wrong way?


Please cast your vote...


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POll - What was your main reason for moving abroad?
03 July 2019

What is it that drives someone to move abroad or retire miles away from "home". Are they fed up with their home nation?Need a change of environment? or do they need to find a cheaper place to live so they can further enjoy the rest of their years? Some say it is just down to the weather and can't take anymore grey skies and cold wet mornings, but somehow I think its more than that. In my case it was very simple I was fed up of England and wanted to expand my horizons and you?

Please share your opinon and cast your vote ..


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POLL: Should the 15-year voting rule for UK expats be abolished?
19 December 2018

If you're a British expat who has lived outside the UK for at least 15 years, then current legislation denies you the ability to vote in parliamentary elections and referendums.

It's a policy that, suffice to say, has become very controversial given recent events. Long-term expats already feel that their fate was taken out of their hands when they were denied a vote in the EU referendum and this year's General Election, which was an election largely based around Brexit.

The 15-year rule comes from the idea that after someone has lived away from their home country for a long period of time, they lose their connection to it, but this isn't necessarily true. Moving abroad doesn't mean all ties to the home country are cut, and changes in policies may still directly affect an expat's life no matter how long they have been abroad.

What do you think? Please cast your vote…


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POLL: Should Theresa May continue as Prime Minister?
12 December 2018

Theresa May faces a vote of confidence in her leadership later after 48 of her Conservative MPs called for one to be held.

But a defiant Mrs May vowed to contest the vote "with everything I have got".
She warned that a new prime minister would be faced with the choice of "delaying or even stopping Brexit".

A majority of Tory MPs have publicly said they will back the PM in the vote, which runs for two hours from 18:00 GMT, but it is a secret ballot.

Immediate statements of loyalty for the prime minister were issued by every member of her cabinet, including several who have been touted as possible successors.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Mrs May was "the best person to make sure we actually leave the EU on March 29", while Home Secretary Sajid Javid said a leadership contest would be seen as "self-indulgent and wrong".

So far, 174 Tory MPs have publicly said they will vote for her, with 34 publicly against, according to BBC research. She needs to secure the votes of 158 MPs to survive. Irrespective of what happens today do you think Theresa May should continue as Prime Minister?


Please cast your vote..



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POLL: If the Brexit referendum were repeated today, which side do you think would win?
26 November 2018

With chaos engulfing the Brexit process as MPs on both sides of the debate rebel against the Prime Minister’s negotiated deal, calls have been made for a second referendum.

Apparently, close to half of Britons (47%) believe that Remain would now win in a repeat of the 2016 vote. By contrast, only 29% of people think that Leave would prevail. The remaining 24% don’t know. What do you think? Has our perception changed or has the country actually changed its mind? Who do you think would win today?



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POLL: Do you think there will be another economic crisis before 2023?
14 November 2018

A majority of Spaniards believes that there will be a new economic crisis before 2023, according to a survey commissioned by the newspaper EL PAÍS.

A poll by the consulting firm 40dB found that 81.7% of respondents think Spain will experience a new slump within the next five years.

Nearly a fourth of those polled, 23.2%, are certain of it, while 58.5% view it as probable. Broken down by political affinities, Socialist Party (PSOE) voters are somewhat less pessimistic, with 15% expressing certainty that a new crisis is approaching.

There is, however, a nearly unanimous opinion that the political and economic elites have failed to introduce sufficient regulations and mechanisms to prevent such a crisis from taking place. Fully 91.8% of those surveyed defend greater controls on the financial sector and on large companies.

Asked who they believe was chiefly responsible for the crisis, banks and the political class came out on top, followed by the housing bubble, the government, the Bank of Spain, the global financial situation, the so-called Troika (the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission), big business, household debt, the European Union, globalization, and immigration, which came in last: 28.6% of respondents blamed migrants to some degree.

Many respondents were critical of the way the international community dealt with the situation: 43.5% believe the austerity measures were counterproductive and only prolonged the crisis. And 67.2% think that the Troika issued guidelines that only deepened the slump.

The survey was conducted between October 30 and November 7, and asked 2,000 respondents 21 questions about the impact of the economic crisis that began in 2008 and officially ended in 2014.

Asked if they thought Spain has emerged from the crisis, only 0.8% said that there has been a full recovery, while 13.5%said “yes, although not all indicators have improved.” A majority, 53.4%, view it the other way: Spain is still in a crisis, even though some indicators have improved. And 31% said Spain has not emerged in any way.

What do you think? Will there be another economic crisis?  

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POLL: Should organ donation, after death, be compulsory?
06 November 2018

Spain has been a world leader in transplants and organ donation for many years due to the solidarity of the population and Spanish legislation, which since 1979 treats all people as potential donors unless the person has left a written statement to the respect or families expressly oppose.

In Spain, there is a great consensus regarding organ donation. 82% of Spaniards are willing to donate their organs when they die while only 5% would oppose and 13% would not know what to do. These figures remain stable for all age groups, gender and geographical areas.

The situation changes slightly when asked about donations in life, although the Spaniards continue to enjoy a more than solidary spirit. To the question: Would you be willing to donate some non-vital organ if that would help save someone else's life? The results showed that 81% of the population would be willing to do so, but with a twist: only 42% would do so without conditions, while 39% would do so only for a loved one.

However, the most controversial question asked in the recent study was: Do you think that donating organs once you die should be something mandatory? A high percentage (42%) were against it, while 44% would accept it and 14% would not know what to do.

What do you think?  Should organ donations after death be compulsory? Please cast your vote...



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POLL: Spanish omelette - with or without onions?
22 October 2018

For those of you who have lived in Spain of some time will be familiar with one of Spain’s bitterest battles, a long-festering confrontation that predates the national and international skirmishes over paella . The Spanish omelette -Tortilla de patata.

The town council of Betanzos, the Galician municipality whose tortillas de patatas, or Spanish omelettes, are regularly hailed as the finest in the land, has spoken out. And the message to those entering this year’s tortilla competition is simple: forget the onions!

The issue of whether cebollas belong in the emblematic dish runs like a faultline under the nation’s bar stools and dining tables, dividing families and communities and pitting ‘con-cebollistas’ (with-onionists) against ‘sin-cebollistas’ (without-onionists).

Authorities in the town claim they are only staying true to their roots with the competition rules. They want to be faithful to the Betanzos tradition of potatoes, oil, egg and salt - Nothing more, they say…
However, local bars taking part in Tortilla Week but not entering the annual contest are free to deploy onions. “That’s fine on the route but not in the competition,” the council said. “We brought it up with the bar owners and the vast majority of them were behind the idea.”

Alberto García, a local chef who has twice won the prize for Betanzos’s best tortilla, knows his onions – and when to leave them out. His recipe also triumphed in national tortilla competitions in 2011 and 2017.

“When it comes to onion, the cookbooks say a Spanish omelette’s ingredients are egg, potato, olive oil, salt and onion, but to be honest, Betanzos has become famous for its omelettes because of a local woman, Señora Angelita, who cooked them without onion more than a century ago.”

For García, who runs the Mesón O’Pote restaurant in the town, thinks it is all something of a baseless controversy. “I think the council’s just trying to make Betanzos stand out by not including onion,” he said,

What makes our omelette different and delicious is having properly fried potatoes and really juicy, runny eggs. If it doesn’t have onion, it doesn’t have onion. If it has onion, it has onion. Look, I’m not saying onion is good or bad. But there is a correct way of cooking, cutting and serving tortilla: the egg has to be really, really runny and the potato has to be perfectly golden – properly fried. It doesn’t really matter if it’s got a bit of onion in.”

Does it?  What do you think?  Do you prefer your Spanish omelette with onions or without onions?  Please cast your vote!

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POLL: Do you think the Spanish health care system is better than the UK's NHS?
16 October 2018

Spain's health care system has been ranked the best in Europe and the third-most efficient in the world, beaten only by those of Hong Kong and Singapore respectively.

The annual ranking compiled by Bloomberg covers 56 national health services in total, and Bulgaria sits at the bottom with the USA, where medical treatment availability depends upon patients' insurance covering it, is second from bottom, below Azerbaijan.

Even some countries in the European Union fare very badly in the Bloomberg ranking: perhaps surprisingly, Germany is among the least efficient at number 45 out of 56, having fallen six places from last year and beaten by Kazakhstan and Ecuador, whilst Hungary sits at 42.

Denmark, a nation far ahead of the rest of the world in many aspects including quality of life and employment, and generally among the most modern countries on earth, comes 41st out of 56, climbing one place up from last year and beaten by Venezuela and Iran. 

Has your experience of the Spanish health system matched the ranking?

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