Live and work in Spain

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Life in Spain

From the bustling streets of Barcelona to the sun-kissed beaches of the Costa del Sol, Spain offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern excitement. Embrace the joy of tapas, where you can sample mouthwatering dishes while sipping on sangria or a refreshing glass of tinto de verano. Spain is the birthplace of the world-famous paella, a delicious rice dish bursting with flavors.

There is a big love for fiestas and celebrations from the famous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona to the lively carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, there’s always a reason to dance, sing, and come together.

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Quick facts about working in Spain

  • Average working hours per week: 40 hours, 8 hours daily
  • Typical working day: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm (depending on the length of the siesta)
  • Number of Vacation days: 30 days / 6 weeks
  • Commute: Mostly by taxi, bus and train
  • Work culture: Flat hierarchy 

You will have colleagues from everywhere, but you will speak in your own native language, supporting customers from your country.

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Quick info about Spain

Typical food

Paella (rice dish with e.g. seafood), tapas (small plates of snacks), jamón ibérico (cured ham), tortilla española (Spanish omelette), gazpacho (cold tomato soup, churros (sweet fried dessert)


~47,4 million people


Southwest in Europe and borders Portugal, France, and Andorra. The capital city is Madrid.



Famous people

Penélope Cruz, Enrique Iglesias, Rafel Nadal


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Avg. working week

40 hours 
8 hours daily


Spanish healthcare is generally very good. The public system is free for all residents due to monthly social security contributions from working people.


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No, as an EU citizen you do not need to apply for a work permit to work in Spain. You can read more here.

The cost of living in Spain can vary depending on the city or region. Generally, Spain offers a relatively affordable cost of living compared to other European countries. Major cities like Madrid and Barcelona tend to have higher living costs, particularly in terms of housing and rental prices. However, smaller towns and rural areas can be more budget-friendly. Overall, expenses such as groceries, dining out, transportation, and entertainment are typically reasonable. It’s important to consider individual circumstances and lifestyle choices when assessing the cost of living in Spain, but in general, it can be an attractive option for those seeking a good balance between quality of life and affordability.

If you’re just moving around the city or in nearby areas most people people use bikes, buses and in some cities metro and tram. For longer distances  train is recommended.

Spain has a well-regarded healthcare system that provides high-quality medical services to its residents and visitors. The country has a universal healthcare system, which means that all residents have access to healthcare services, regardless of their income or employment status. Spain consistently ranks among the top countries in terms of healthcare outcomes and patient satisfaction. The healthcare system is supported by a combination of public and private providers, with public healthcare services being widely available and accessible. It’s important to note that healthcare standards and services can vary depending on the region and specific healthcare facility, but overall, Spain’s healthcare system is considered to be of a high standard.

Still not convinced about Spain?

Spain is a country rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, offering a wide range of attractions to explore. Start with the vibrant city of Barcelona, known for its unique architecture, including the famous Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Visit Madrid, the capital city, and explore its world-class museums like the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Head to Andalusia to experience the stunning Alhambra in Granada and the majestic Mezquita in Córdoba. Don’t miss the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol or the picturesque towns of Seville, Valencia, and Bilbao. Spain’s diverse regions offer something for every traveller.

Whether you’re hiking in the majestic Pyrenees, exploring the picturesque landscapes of Andalusia, or sunbathing on the stunning beaches of the Balearic Islands, there’s no shortage of breathtaking scenery to enjoy. The country’s rich history is visible at every turn from the architectural wonders of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, to the Alhambra palace in Granada, or the narrow streets of Seville’s charming old town.

Siestas are also a cherished tradition, allowing for a midday break to rest and recharge. Enjoy the late-night dinners, and savor the vibrant nightlife that stretches into the early hours.

Some must-try Spanish dishes include paella, which is a rice dish often made with seafood, chicken, or vegetables. Jamón ibérico, a type of cured ham, is also a delicacy in Spain and is often enjoyed with bread or in tapas. Other traditional dishes to savor include tortilla española (Spanish omelette), gazpacho (cold tomato soup), and pulpo a la gallega (Galician-style octopus). To satisfy your sweet tooth, try churros con chocolate, a classic Spanish treat of fried dough served with a thick chocolate dipping sauce.

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