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Top Ten: Spain's most expensive streets
Spain's most expensive street is not in Madrid or Barcelona. Photo: Wikimedia

Top Ten: Spain's most expensive streets

Spanish property website Idealista has just released a list of the ten most expensive streets in Spain — so what is the most exclusive address in the country? Read on to find out. READ () »

Barcelona book day hit by author strike
Instead of the anticipated queues for book signings, booths were left vacant as authors abandoned the store. Photo: Twitter

Barcelona book day hit by author strike

People in the Spanish region of Catalonia traditionally celebrate La Diada de Sant Jordi (St. George's Day) by giving each other books, but this year's celebrations have been marred by an author-backed strike at a major city centre book retailer. READ () »

Police chief sacked over Madrid demo turned ugly
Police officers found themselves surrounded and isolated by small groups of violent demonstrators and could not received help from other agents, Spain's top police official explained. Photo: Pedro Arm

Police chief sacked over Madrid demo turned ugly

The head of the anti-riot squad involved a March demonstration in Madrid which turned violent will be removed from his post because of the "intolerable" number of police injured during the event, Spanish authorities said on Wednesday. READ () »

Hamster-sized deer born at Spanish zoo
The newborn deer weighed in at only 100g but should eventually grow to the size of a rabbit. Photo: Fuengirola Bioparc

Hamster-sized deer born at Spanish zoo

A baby Java mouse-deer, the smallest hoofed animal in the world, was recently born at a zoo in in the south of Spain, to the delight of staff. READ () »

Spanish Face of the Week
Judge sells suppers and shirts for campaign cash
Judge Elpidio José Silva is currently suspended after sending a friend of the former Spanish PM to jail. Photo: Wikimedia

Judge sells suppers and shirts for campaign cash

A controversial Spanish anti-corruption judge who is standing as a candidate in May's European elections is selling everything from autographs to coffee-side chats in a bid to raise cash for his campaign. READ () »

Spain revises up growth forecast for 2014–15
Economy Minister Luis de Guindos. File photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

Spain revises up growth forecast for 2014–15

Spain's government forecast Wednesday faster economic growth in the next two years as the nation emerges from a long downturn with unemployment still topping 26 percent. READ () »

VIDEO: Virgin falls from float in Easter fail
The religious revellers rocked too enthusiastically and caused the Virgin to take a tumble. Screen Grab: YouTube

VIDEO: Virgin falls from float in Easter fail

One of the 28 Easter parades held in Spain's Alicante province last week took an unexpected turn when a statue of the Virgen de los Dolores toppled from her float and almost landed on the heads of her bearers. READ () »

Lost Spanish temple reveals scientific secrets
The light of the moon and the rising sun shines onto the temple walls to reveal hidden symbols. Photo: Flickr/ Juan Fco. Marrero

Lost Spanish temple reveals scientific secrets

A mysterious cave-temple built by the original inhabitants of the Spanish Island of Gran Canaria contains evidence of their advanced knowledge of astronomy, a Spanish archaeologist believes. READ () »

Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test
Currently individual judges in Spain set their own criteria for assessing whether applicants should be awarded Spanish citizenship. Photo: Alberto G./Flickr

Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test

Immigrants to Spain will have to sit standardized online language and culture tests before being granted citizenship, Spain's justice minister announced in the country national parliament on Tuesday. READ () »

Spain loses asylum seeker deportation battle
The asylum seekers claimed that they have faced physical torture and sexual abuse in the past due to their ethnic origin. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

Spain loses asylum seeker deportation battle

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Spain could not go ahead with plans to deport 30 Sahrawi asylum seekers from the Western Sahara because Spanish authorities had failed to properly hear their claims. READ () »

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Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter
Having an 'Only in Spain' moment? You're not alone. Picture of angry expat woman: Shutterstock

Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter

Expats in Spain are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations about life in the country. Here The Local has selected some of the funniest and truest tweets. READ () »

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Top ten: Spain's best beaches 2014
Which Spanish beach will you be visiting this year? Photo of Playa de Las Catedrales: Shutterstock

Top ten: Spain's best beaches 2014

With Spain's long summer on the not-too-distant horizon, The Local takes a look at some of the best beach destinations around in the country for 2014. Read on to find out where you could be relaxing some time soon. READ () »

JobTalk Spain
Spain's hottest jobs 2014
Job Interview Photo: Shutterstock

Spain's hottest jobs 2014

Spain's unemployment rate may be at a record high but it's not all doom and gloom in the jobs market according to Adecco, a human resource consulting company, who have identified 15 in-demand positions for 2014. READ () »

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Ten jobs that you can only do in Spain
Every restaurant worth its salt in Spain has a top class cortador, or ham slicer. Photo: MJ Spain Export Consulting/Flickr

Ten jobs that you can only do in Spain

If you're planning to take the career path less travelled, Spain is full of exciting one-of-a-kind possibilities. The Local takes a look at some of the weird and wonderful jobs you won't find anywhere else. READ () »

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Top Ten: Spain's coolest hotels 2014
Staying at the Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal is the closest thing to sleeping at the Bilbao Guggenheim. File photo: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Top Ten: Spain's coolest hotels 2014

Tired of staying in hotels without any character? Looking for accommodation with a difference? Then check out The Local List of Spain's coolest places to stay. We promise you'll never want to leave. READ () »

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Moody's backs Spain's 'improving' economy
Spain's public finances are said to be "on a gradually improving trend" but "still comparatively weak". Photo: Grumo/Flickr

Moody's backs Spain's 'improving' economy

Credit rating agency Moody's said on Tuesday that Spain is "now firmly on an improving trend" with exports boosting the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy as it crawls out of recession. READ () »

Independence website pushes Catalonia cause
The homepage of the Catalonia votes website features a clock which counts down the days, hours and minutes until the planned vote on the issue of self-rule for the wealthy region.

Independence website pushes Catalonia cause

Supporters of an independent Catalonia have stepped up their bid for international backing by launching a new website promoting the cause. The Local spoke to the organization behind the site to find out more. READ () »

Police nab Spain's 'Willy Wonka' drug chef
'Més Que Un Club': The seized sweets in the shape of Barcelona FC's crest contained a coctail of drugs. Photo: Policia Nacional

Police nab Spain's 'Willy Wonka' drug chef

Spanish police have arrested a master 'turrón' (nougat) maker accused of concocting chocolates, formed in the shape of FC Barcelona's club crest, which contained the secret ingredients of magic mushrooms and marijuana. READ () »

Spanish art scammer fights US extradition
José Carlos Bergantiños Díaz is suspected of selling fake artworks by artists including Dutch-American master Willem de Kooning, whose work is pictured above. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Spanish art scammer fights US extradition

A Spaniard suspected of perpetrating one of the world's biggest art frauds has been freed ahead of a legal fight over his extradition to the United States. READ () »

British expats flee from crisis-hit Spain
Photo: Joe Shlabotnik

British expats flee from crisis-hit Spain

The number of Brits living in Spain fell by over a fifth in 2013 as the exodus of Spain's foreign residents brought the country's total population down for the second year in a row, data released on Tuesday shows. READ () »

Spain rated world's most gay-friendly country
Spain was the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Spain rated world's most gay-friendly country

A new international 'morality poll' looking at 40 nations has revealed that Spanish people earn top marks in terms of acceptance of homosexuality. READ () »

10 million guests: Spain's tourism boom continues
Benidorm is a popular winter destination for Brits seeking sun. File photo: Stephen/Flickr

10 million guests: Spain's tourism boom continues

Spain welcomed over 10 million tourists in the first three months of 2014, building on a record 2013 for the sector, and helping the country's struggling economy, official figures released on Tuesday show. READ () »

Spain calls in experts as corruption crisis grows
A Madrid protest calling for an end to high levels of corruption in Spain. File photo: Dominque Faget/AFP

Spain calls in experts as corruption crisis grows

Spanish politicians and legal experts are set to thrash out ways to fight corruption in Parliament on Wednesday, just days after 15 new people were called in for questioning over their involvement in a massive fraud case in the country's south. READ () »

Politician quits after cocaine pic goes viral
José Vicente Adsuara says the photo was taken out of context and was a "joke". Photo: Twitter

Politician quits after cocaine pic goes viral

A town councillor with Spain's ruling Popular Party has handed in his resignation after a photo appearing to show him preparing lines of cocaine on a table spread like wildfire through the country's social media networks on Monday. READ () »

Smash hit comedy plays with Spanish stereotypes
Actors Clara Lago and Dani Rovira in the hit Spanish comedy Ocho Apellidos Vascos (Eight Basque surnames): Screen grab: YouTube

Smash hit comedy plays with Spanish stereotypes

A romantic comedy film set in Spain's politically sensitive Basque region has become the country's biggest ever home-grown box office hit, its distributor said on Monday. READ () »

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Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland
Customs officials found €573 million in illegal money in 2013. Photo: Emilian Robert Vicol

Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland

The number of Germans smuggling money out of Switzerland rose dramatically last year. Customs officers on the German-Swiss border said on Thursday they made a find in almost every third car they checked. READ () »

New app helps clients find prostitutes
Photo: DPA

New app helps clients find prostitutes

While the German government is considering tightening prostitution laws, Berlin entrepreneurs have developed a smartphone app to connect sex-workers with clients. READ () »

IN PICTURES
French actress Deneuve to sell €4m château
Catherine Deneuve's Château de Primard, which she is selling for €4 million. Photo: Sotheby's

French actress Deneuve to sell €4m château

Famed French actress Catherine Deneuve has reportedly put her holiday home up for sale. The Château de Primard, located 75 km from Paris, will go on the market for a cool €4 million. READ () »

We did not rule baptism a crime: court
Baptism photo: Shutterstock

We did not rule baptism a crime: court

A European court has dismissed as untrue a story that claimed baptizing newborn children without permission from both parents "violates their freedom". READ () »

Norway teen has lived in cave for a year
da Beate Løken in her cave. Photo: Screen Grab Romerikes Blad TV

Norway teen has lived in cave for a year

A 19-year-old girl from the most fjord-filled region of Western Norway has been living a cave for almost a year with little but a high-grade sleeping bag to get her through the gruelling Norwegian winter. READ () »

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Chemtrails?: Shutterstock.

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe

A Swedish MP who launched an official government investigation into the existence of chemtrails tells The Local why he thinks Swedes deserve the truth, even if it may leave some conspiracy theorists unsatisfied. READ () »

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