Spanish economy shrank 17.8% in the second quarter due to coronavirus crisis

The Spanish economy entered a technical recession in the second quarter of 2020 after recording a 17.8% fall in gross domestic product (GDP) between April and June. This is the largest quarterly drop since 1970, when the National Statistics Institute (INE) began the historical series. Nothing similar can be found on record since the days of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).The decline, however, was slightly under what the INE had forecast in late July when, lacking complete data, it [...]

Telefónica pledges to bring 5G to 75% of Spanish population by end of the year

Spain’s telecoms giant Telefónica on Tuesday announced that it has switched on its 5G signal, and promised that 75% of the Spanish population will have access to the new mobile network standard by the end of the year.However, the commercial launch will take place in late October or early November to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of 5G-enabled mobile devices on the market.The company said that 5G will be rolled out before year’s end in the 150 [...]

As schools reopen in Spain, how will the coronavirus affect the youngest students?

With just a few days left before schools are due to reopen across Spain, there is growing concern about the conditions that students and educators will find themselves in amid a nationwide resurgence in coronavirus cases.The youngest children – those aged three, four and five, for whom schooling is not compulsory although most Spanish parents enrol their kids – will not be wearing face masks while in class, following the experts’ recommendations.At a time of their lives when learning [...]

Valencia: European Capital of Innovation 2020 ?

Valencia is one of the lucky elected cities that could become the European Capital of Innovation 2020, as announced in a report of the European commission: Spain’s third largest city is one of the twelve chosen for the final round.According to this report, the award recognizes cities that “nurture innovation ecosystems in order to cope with current social challenges and to improve their inhabitants’ lives”.The winning city will receive €1,000,000 to “support innovation activities and to enhance its capacity [...]

Why is Spain facing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases?

This is what everyone is wondering… While the Iberian Peninsula had the most rigorous quarantine in the world, even outdoor sports and walks were not allowed, and their preventive measures are still one of the most severe since getting back to “new normal” (some even say they curb freedom), the country is facing a resurgence of positive cases.Madrid’s regional authorities had to recommend the inhabitants of the most afflicted areas to put themselves into quarantine; other cities have taken [...]

Spanish government preparing special unemployment payment that would benefit 550,000 jobseekers

Spanish government preparing special unemployment payment that would benefit 550,000 jobseekers. Spain’s Labor Ministry, unions and business associations are finalizing an extraordinary payment for people who are out of work and have exhausted their unemployment benefits between March 14, when the state of alarm was declared in Spain in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and September 30. That’s according to a number of sources, who have told EL PAÍS about the ongoing talks.The possible pact between [...]

Opening: Javea – Denia Expat Services

More services and more help for the expats! Now, we are reaching the South! After the opening of our delegation in Barcelona, we are establishing our offices in Javea and Denia! François Lepaludier will be in your service to help you in your application for visas, NIE, residence certificate, property purchase, housing research, etc… Our range of services is almost unlimited! For more information, check out our website:

Opening of the IMSKE trauma hospital here in Valencia

The IMSKE trauma hospital has just opened: it’s a pioneering and high tech facility in traumatology and sport medicine. It is situated in calle Suiza (in Las Moreras neighbourhood, between the City of Science and Natzaret) and employs a multidisciplinary team of 70 professionals specialised in the musculoskeletal system. The European Musculoskeletal Institute (IMSKE), which is unique in Spain, wants to give answers to the challenges that high technology supposes, and to create a welcoming environment so that patients forget that [...]