News round-up: July 2015

A round-up of July’s news in Spain.

Three interesting stories were published recently in The Local, Spain’s leading online English-language newspaper:

According to global rankings released by international consulting firm Mercer, Spain’s two largest cities saw major drops in the cost of living for employees working abroad relative to other cities worldwide. Madrid fell from number 63 in 2014 to number 115 this year while Barcelona went from from 71st place to 124th. Both cities were among the ten least expensive cities in western Europe, with Leipzig in Germany at the very bottom for the region.


Spaniards are the second best in the world at balancing work and play, a new study has found, ranking them just behind Denmark. According to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD), Spain fell only behind Denmark in a ranking of work-life balance in a study of a group of the world’s advanced economies. Spaniards working full-time devoted a greater portion of their day to leisure and personal care than any other country in the world, including Denmark, spending more than 16 hours a day on things like eating, meeting friends and pursuing hobbies.


Spain took seventh place worldwide in a ranking of the best places in which to be a mother, released by Save the Children. The 16th annual Mothers’ Index rated 179 countries based on five indicators related to maternal health, education, income levels and the status of women. Spain ranked seventh, above Germany at 8th place and right below the Netherlands. The top 5 places to be a mum were all in Scandinavia.


Spain is still the healthiest place to live in Europe, and possibly the world, according to the medical journal Lancet, with an average of 70.9 years of healthy living, and a life expectancy of 81.4 years. The medical journal The Lancet states that according to the European League Table, which is comprised of data collected over a 20 year period, the healthiest place to live in Europe is Spain, which also beats many other countries in the world.

The Barcelona Chamber of Commerce has released a study that confirms that Catalonia has led foreign investment in continental Europe for the past three years in a row. Catalan government sources have confirmed that they are currently managing some 250 projects submitted by foreign companies to invest in Catalonia. These figures show that the industrial sector is recovering and that Catalonia has the capacity to continue attracting productive foreign investment, based on its rich industrial fabric, solid transport network and ability to attract talent.

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