Life in Spain

Spain offers an excellent quality of life for its citizens and for those foreign nationals that live there.

Spain is known, among other things, for its healthcare, education, culture, language, safety and tolerance.


A sound and efficient healthcare system, along with the Mediterranean diet and an excellent climate make Spain one of the healthiest and longest life-expectancy countries in the world.

According to Bloomberg 2018 Health-Efficiency Index report, Spain has the most efficient healthcare system in Europe and ranks third in the world, after Hong Kong and Singapore.

The level of healthcare and hospital assistance in Spain, both public and private, is very high. Spain boasts several leading specialists and many excellent medical centers.

EU regulations applicable in Spain, guarantee healthcare coverage for relocated workers from the EU. Spain has also signed bilateral and multilateral social security related agreements with several countries.

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Education is compulsory up to the age of 16.

Spain has over 30,000 primary and secondary schools (more than 9,500 of which are private or private/subsidized). There are 254 international schools in Spain.

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There are also 51 public and 31 private universities offering a broad range of courses and subjects.

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Spain is home to some of Europe's leading business schools: Instituto de Empresa, IESE Business School and ESADE Business School, among others.

Language and culture

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world as to speakers, after Mandarin Chinese.


One of the key facets of Spain’s identity worldwide is its culture, which is backed by the government at an international level.


Spain is one of the safest countries in the world, and provides an important framework for developing rights, freedoms and economic progress.


The crime rate in the country is low.


Spain is not only perceived as safe by its citizens but also by visitors. Safety is a quality of Spain most highly rated by foreigners and confirmed by more than 82 million tourists that visit the country every year.


Spanish society is open and tolerant. In the last two decades Spain has welcomed and integrated into society, more than seven million migrants from every continent.


Spain is also tolerant of sexual and gender identity. Spain was the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2005. It is also one of the most tolerant countries regarding cultural and religious diversity. Catholicism is the predominant religion, but Spain is constitutionally a secular state where all religions mutually coexist.

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