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Spain: Bad to work, great to live

February 23, 2020

Hola Amigos, qué tal, Stuart here from Spain Speaks with another video today about life in Spain living in Spain or moving
to Spain and we’re going to be having a look at the Expat Insider 2019 results
now this is a survey that’s done every year by the Internations Group
and they talk about some of the good things and bad things of living in
countries from an expat point of view or an immigrant point of view if you like
and I’m going to put it into a Spain context now some of the points they talk
about our quality of life leisure personal happiness ease of a
settling in whether you feel at home whether countries are friendly personal
finances working abroad whether you have career prospects in a country like Spain
what the economy is like job security all of those different things family
life where the countries are good for children quality of education family
well-being and they give an overall ranking and I must say that in the
majority of the categories Spain does quite well now we’re going to have a
look at some of those points and I’m gonna give my 20 cents worth on those as
well now today’s video is being sponsored by skill share and or talk
about skill share a little bit later in the video so stay tuned for that now the
first part of the survey looks at quality of life and as we can see here
Spain is a country that does very well in this aspect in fact its second
overall second overall out of more than let me see more than 64 countries so
Spain ranks number two Portugal is number one
Spain is number two in the overall ranking now Spain is number one when it
comes to ledger options Spain is number four when it comes to personal happiness
Spain is also quite high up in the top 10 or number 10 at least when it comes
to travel and transportation health and well-being Spain does well or
so number three safety and security now this is an area where Spain doesn’t do
all that well in fact we have to go all the way down to number 24 to find Spain
here so a bit of a problem there according to the experts survey and
digital life we can see that Spain comes in at number 22 leisure options now we
all know Spain is a country that has good weather in the majority of the
country summer there’s good weather everywhere it can be a bit hot that your
leisure options are obviously huge because of that weather aspect a lot of
outdoor things to do there’s lots of things you can do from a leisure point
of view because there’s open spaces green countryside you’ve got the coasts
you’ve got mountains there’s plenty of things to do from a leisure point of
view second point they mention here is personal happiness, Spain comes in at
number four. Travel and transportation easy to get around this country
according to the survey here and I would agree with that fact because Spain not
only do they have good roads but it also has a great train system airports in the
majority of the big cities and also on some of the more regional cities as well
so you can get around by train by car by plane also a good bus network as well so
getting around really easy to do here in Spain and of course if you live in a
place like Madrid which is in the centre of the country
getting to all of the other areas is really easy as well because as I said a
great road network and a great rail network here in Spain health and
well-being Spain ranks number three behind Finland and Austria
it’s obviously due to the good health care system here in Spain safety and
security now Spain is a little bit further down in the rankings when it
comes to this aspect here obviously people don’t feel as secure as they do
in countries like Oman here or Singapore or Switzerland but
from my point of view Spain isn’t a dangerous country and safety and
security are quite good again you can get your bag stolen as I have mentioned
in previous videos before but that can happen anywhere, basically and the policing here in Spain I must say is rather good as well
digital life Spain comes in at number 22 I don’t have a problem from a digital
point of view I have a good internet connection good mobile coverage here in
the big cities but if you are living in some of the more rural areas or some of
the smaller cities maybe you don’t have the best digital connections and that
will affect your digital life but again in the big cities here in Spain the
telecommunications mobile coverage all of those things fairly good in my
opinion so that’s what it is when it comes to the quality of life aspect and
we can see here Spain coming in at number two now the next thing they look
at is the ease of settling in and Spain comes in in the top ten again when it
comes to settling in so obviously people feel that Spain is a country that you
can settle in quite easily not a lot of things to get used to and the general
day-to-day is easy from that point of view feeling at home number three a lot
of people feel at home in Spain friendliness we can see here number
eleven Spanish people are friendly finding friends yes we can also see as
well that Spain comes in at number 19 so finding friends in Spain in the top 20
at least and when it comes to language Spain is number 13 because although a
lot of people do speak English in Spain it’s not one of the easiest places to
communicate if you don’t speak Spanish but then again Spanish in my opinion is
not the most difficult language to learn and you can normally pick up a lot of
basic phrases a lot of basic expressions basic words fairly quickly and again but
if you’re planning to come here for a long time the more you know the language
the easier it’s going to be to settle in make friends and the friendlier people
are going to be in my opinion now the next thing they look at is
working abroad now unfortunately Spain goes off the
rails a little bit here in fact there’s only one category where Spain is in the
top twenty three from what I can see here and that’s when it comes to work
and leisure so obviously people feel that Spain has not a bad work/life
balance I don’t necessarily agree with that again it would depend on where
you’re living in a big city like Madrid it’s difficult to get that work-life
balance sorted out because of the traffic issues the general commuting
issues and things like that but the first point they mentioned here is
career prospects and satisfaction and we can see here that Spain comes in at
number 37 now apparently this is an improvement from the year before but
still number 37 on the list here so a lot of people are not generally
satisfied with their career or the prospects that they have in that work
and leisure not too bad as I just mentioned and economic and job security
let’s see where Spain is here Spain comes in at number 43 so the economy
always the big issue when it comes to a country like Spain and a lot of people
don’t feel secure in their jobs I have spoken about this in previous videos if
you want to check one of those ones out when it comes to working in this country
there is a bit of a two-tier system so unless you have one of these rock-solid
work contracts which have become more difficult to get over the years the job
security aspect could be a bit of a problem now another Pro for Spain here
is when it comes to family life we can see in general that Spain is number five
in the family life category and the availability of child care and education
that costs the quality of education and general family well-being see Spain
relatively high in all of those aspects there so the costs of getting children
into child care are not that high public education is reasonably cheap even
private education in Spain is not all that expensive the quality of education
here Spain drops down the number 20 so obviously just scraping into the top 20
there when it comes to quality and of course family well-being
Spain is a country where families are treated well there’s lots of family
activities lots of things to do you go out to restaurants and bars and places
like that with kids and they are well-received and people generally treat
kids well in Spain in my opinion and that is why Spain ranks fairly highly
when it comes to family life so a definite pro from that point of view now
the last point they look at here is personal finance and cost of living
personal finance Spain comes in at number 23 on the list number one is
Vietnam so obviously in Vietnam personal finances are quite good but the cost of
living is the aspect where Spain makes it back into the top ten here so cost of
living aspect in Spain quite good now I mentioned in a previous video that cost
of living I find to be quite good I find that I can make enough money to live
reasonably well here in Spain but again it will depend on what type of salary
you are earning so from a personal finance point of view and a cost of
living point of view Spain doesn’t do too badly either now as I said before
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just summarize some of the top findings from the video here and we can see that
nearly all expats 97% enjoyed the Spanish climate and weather
Spain achieves its best ever rank in the family life index over half the expats
rate the quality of medical care very highly Spain ranks among the top 5 in
the quality of life index for the fourth year in a row however close to 3 in 10
expats are disappointed with their career prospects and 79% say moving
abroad has made them happier versus 61% globally so there are mainly more pros
than cons about coming to a country like Spain so there we go that’s the expert
survey results questions or comments please leave them in the section below
if you’re living in Spain or planning to move to Spain and some of these points
have been interesting please let me know leave them in the section below as I
said give the video a thumbs up if you liked it I’ll see you in the next video
about living in Spain hasta luego


  • Reply M W February 22, 2020 at 3:12 am

    I would like to see a video on the quality of homes, apartment living. Appears the pictures of homes/real estate are not all equipped with full kitchens as I know from the US.  
    Also: I am considering moving to Spain but concerned about noise levels and the noise levels within the apartments such as barking dogs, music etc. laws and ordinances if any, and are there cities that are peaceful and quiet. I am a senior and this is important. I have considered Mexico but seems to be very noisy all the time; cars, honking, vendors, etc.  
    Are there quiet cities to live in?
    And does one need a car in most cities?
    Being in my 60's can I buy health insurance?
    Just concerns.
    Studied in Valencia many years ago and love Spain so entertaining the thought of returning.
    Anyone transported their pets to Spain? Safe?

  • Reply ossdemura February 22, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Hello! Just wanted to remark as native Spanish that I find your content really accurate, congrats! It is very interesting as well for me as I live abroad already for nearly a decade and I like having a report of how the country develops from an expact pov. Looking forward for the next video. Un saludo!

  • Reply Luz Gomez February 22, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Thank so much for you amazing informacion..!
    Thank 🦋🌺🦋

  • Reply Peter Cricket February 22, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Yes, great to live if you can afford that and has emplyment worth working…This is not North Europe. so don't forget many Spanish citizens have tempory contracts and earn sometimes under 6 Euros an hour, English pensioners with 2000…Euros between them get through quite easily, above all if they have their own property,, This in Spain, not on Planet mars.. ( the coast line Mediteranan) where Foreign tourists.. resident or non resident spend their lives, Go to the other side of this country and see what it's really like, specially inland south of Madrid to the southern parts.. it's another reality…

  • Reply Spain Speaks February 22, 2020 at 11:49 am

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  • Reply Andry Sqverill February 22, 2020 at 11:50 am

    When they say digital life they probably mean that Spanish websites for e-commerce and such are quite behind. Also Spanish content is far behind considering there are many hispanohablantes in the world, Spanish being the 2nd or 3rd most spoken language. (e.g. you will probably find more Russian content. Russian trolls please don't dislike my comment).

  • Reply montallons February 22, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I'm spanish and this video is 100% accurate

  • Reply marito February 22, 2020 at 12:10 pm


  • Reply Barry Oneill February 22, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Stuart, Your videos are very helpful,
    I moved back to Ireland from the states but I can’t handle the weather at all and am considering coming to Spain,
    I respray kitchen cabinets here for a living,
    Is there an opening do you think for that service over there,?

  • Reply Joel Gajardo February 22, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Do about quality of life for a retired factory worker Australian in Thailand food cost how much for a small house

  • Reply Philip Lindley February 22, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    My working friends in Spain have said the same thing about working there, at least at first but that's probably true on moving to any other non-native country?

  • Reply Jason Geyser February 22, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Great video – thanks 😁

  • Reply jibeneyto February 22, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    The title of this video is Spain in a nutshell. For digital nomads and people who source their income from elsewhere, Spain is a perfect place to settle.

  • Reply Londyńskie Porady February 22, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Where can I find the tables? I want to check Portugal

  • Reply Albeitar Uno February 22, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    12% of the people living in Spain are inmigrants . The total population is about 49 millón. 10 millón of them are retirees.
    Of course, There are social clases, and 35- 40% have a universitary degree, and the average salary is about 24.000 euro/year. This country is clasified as "rich". But that is sarcastic if compared with Australia

  • Reply George Pendarbes February 22, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Job security😂😂😂? It doesn't exist in Spain. It's just for the Brits retirees and all those Nordics anxious for sunny days on the beach. They'll have a good quality of life.

  • Reply Csongor Kakuk February 22, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I have a question you may not be very well informed about, but I would still like to ask away. I've been thinking about doing my university internship in Spain (because I'm studying Spanish and I'm interested in the culture). However, you've mentioned in one of your latest videos that it is very difficult to find a job for Spanish people, especially if they are young entrants with little to no working experience. So what I'm guessing is there is no way I'll be getting a job (I'm studying in the catering industry) if even the locals are struggling to get employed, right? Or do I still have a chance?

  • Reply Jedi MGTOW en el Exilio February 22, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    As a spaniard a say:
    – Spain is a great place to live because it has great weather, great infraestructure, great culture, great gastronomy and open minded people.
    – Spain is a bad place to work because of the inefficient leftist policies implemented.

  • Reply LuisC February 23, 2020 at 1:26 am

    How did Portugal obtain the #1 rating in quality of life? I would like to see the report for Portugal and compare it with Spain's. It will be interesting to see the differences/similarities.

  • Reply Traveller February 23, 2020 at 1:36 am

    How is Spain when it comes things like ebay purchases (imports)?
    I read a comment online last night about an expat living in Portugal who purchased a €140 item and then paid €40 (Portugal import processing fees) + 23% VAT

  • Reply Traveller February 23, 2020 at 1:46 am

    don't mind this post, just leaving a comment from another aussie for the youtube algorithm, using words such as awesome, marvelous and extremely informative

  • Reply Sean Mitchell February 23, 2020 at 7:44 am

    This was interesting but superficial and not contextualized. I know you can´t cover everything and that you did say it was only from ex-pats. However, having cost of living going UK – Nigeria – New Zealand can only mean that ex-pats are only living in high-rise hotels and not among the general population. Moreover, a low level of disappointment with career opportunities in Spain (just 30%) can only mainly come from a shrug of the shoulders from people who are already retired and who no longer need to work to make a living. They are not in the game of finding a career so are not disappointed at not being able to do something they are not trying to do. Contextualizing would help people who are looking to live and work in Spain.

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