Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Barcelona's economy consists of finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade. Barcelona has a long-standing mercantile tradition. Spain is in South Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France. The climate is temperate with clear, hot summers in the interior but more moderate and cloudy along the coast. The official languages are Spanish, Catalan, Euskera (Basque language), Galician and Valencian. Regional differences are strong, English is the most commonly spoken foreign language; French can also be useful, especially in Catalonia. More people speak foreign languages in the capital Madrid and in Barcelona. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Spain has been regarded as one of the most dynamic within the EU, attracting significant amounts of foreign investment. In Spain the workday can vary widely. Many people start late compared to other countries (09h00 or later). Lunch (around 2pm) and dinner (after 8pm) also tend to be late. Many employees work into the evening hours. Expatriate business dress is generally conservative, comprising a dark suit for men, and a formal dress or suit for women. The security risk for expatriates in Spain is low. Risks include petty crime, and the underlying threat of terrorism. The currency of Spain is the Euro (EUR). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Barcelona is 5.4 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is -0.8% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Barcelona, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Barcelona as at 1 April 2016 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Average 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Average 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: High Barcelona is for example 31.9% more expensive than Mbabane for groceries, -27.2% cheaper for household costs than Sweden, and -28% cheaper for transport costs than Stockholm. The hardship premium for Barcelona for an expat from Thailand, is for example -20%, i.e. host location (Barcelona) premium of 10% minus home (Thailand) location premium of 30%. Barcelona is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Barcelona? Register subscribe to your home location and Barcelona and run your personalised reports.