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IN PICS: The weird and wonderful ways Spain celebrates midsummer

IN PICS: The weird and wonderful ways Spain celebrates midsummer

No-one celebrates midsummer with quite the same flair and diversity as Spain where every region has it's distinct traditions.

Seven golden rules for moving abroad with children

Seven golden rules for moving abroad with children

Starting a new life abroad is daunting at any age. And for children, who might not have a say in the big move, there is lots of excitement and anxiety about the new place they will soon call home.

 
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Madrid city hall swings to right with help of far-right

Madrid city hall swings to right with help of far-right

Madrid's city hall swung to the right on Saturday after a conservative candidate was elected mayor with the support of newly-emerged far-right party Vox, in a move that has caused concern in Spain.

How and why learning a new language messes with your old one

How and why learning a new language messes with your old one

Many people report forgetting words or phrases from their native language when they learn a second language. The Local explored this linguistic phenomenon, known as first-language attrition.

 
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The 21 stats that help explain Spain today
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The 21 stats that help explain Spain today

What's the life expectancy is in Spain? How many young Spaniards still live with their parents? What's the average income in Spain?

Brit vows to walk from Gibraltar to Westminster in protest at Brexit

Brit vows to walk from Gibraltar to Westminster in protest at Brexit

Anthony Hogan, an ex-pat working in Madrid likes to walk. Now he wants to set off on an epic walk starting at the Rock and ending 2,000 miles, over four months later at the doors of the British parliament.

What you need to know about Spain's 'Super Sunday' results

What you need to know about Spain's 'Super Sunday' results

Who are the big winners? Who are the losers?

How to survive summer in the city in Spain

How to survive summer in the city in Spain

From hitting the cinema to frolicking in a fountain: The Local gives our top tips for keeping cool in the city this summer.

IN PICS: The Republican symbols that survived Franco

IN PICS: The Republican symbols that survived Franco

80 years after the end of the Civil War, The Local takes a look at some Republican symbols that survived Franco's 36-year dictatorship and are still around today.

From arrests to pickpockets: The numbers that tell the story of Liverpool and Spurs fans in Madrid

From arrests to pickpockets: The numbers that tell the story of Liverpool and Spurs fans in Madrid

It was the biggest police operation Madrid had ever staged for a sporting event and Madrid was poised for an invasion of hooligans. But were the fans really that badly behaved?

Essential Spanish 'text speak' abbreviations that will help you sound like a local
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Essential Spanish 'text speak' abbreviations that will help you sound like a local

Just when you think you've got the hang of Spanish, you get a text from a Spanish friend and realise you have to learn a whole new language all together.

Puigdemont CAN run in EU polls, Spain's Supreme Court rules

Puigdemont CAN run in EU polls, Spain's Supreme Court rules

Spain's Supreme Court on Sunday said Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in 2017 after a secession attempt, could contest EU polls this month.

Madrid's best rooftop bars
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Madrid's best rooftop bars

There is no better place to be at sunset than sipping a cocktail on one of Madrid's ultra-chic roof bars. Here's our pick of the very best.

Ernest Hemingway's favourite Spanish haunts

Ernest Hemingway's favourite Spanish haunts

The Local takes a look at some of Papa's favourite haunts in Spain.

Spain's far-right Vox party won the internet campaign: study

Spain's far-right Vox party won the internet campaign: study

Just like US President Donald Trump and France's Marine Le Pen, Spain's far-right party Vox has made a point of dominating social media with its hardline rhetoric ahead of elections on Sunday.

Madrid's bullfighting 'ritual' acclaimed and contested

Madrid's bullfighting 'ritual' acclaimed and contested

When the bull collapses and dies in front of the matador, silence descends on Madrid's bullfighting ring, a "ritual" that its French manager Simon Casas vigorously defends in an increasingly conflictive climate.

Why Spain needs more feminism in the classroom

Why Spain needs more feminism in the classroom

A brutal rape at Pamplona's 2016 running of the bulls outraged Spain. Then came #MeToo. With ever more Spaniards taking up the feminist mantle, schools – many of which are not coed – lag behind.

What you need to know about Barcelona's new rent caps
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What you need to know about Barcelona's new rent caps

As anyone who has looked for an apartment in Barcelona will tell you. Good quality, affordable housing is hard to find.

Brits in Spain: 'We pay our taxes and we want to integrate'

Brits in Spain: 'We pay our taxes and we want to integrate'

The Spanish Costas might have a reputation for being "Little Britain" in the sun given the number of UK nationals living there but some British residents argue the stereotype is unfair and that many Brits are well integrated in the Spanish way of life.

Madrid probes Catholic Church over 'gay cure' therapy

Madrid probes Catholic Church over 'gay cure' therapy

The Bishop of Alcalá de Henares is under investigation after it emerged that conversion therapy courses which told homosexuals to "pray away the gay" were being held in his diocese. .

The Ultimate A to Z Guide to Teaching English in Spain

The Ultimate A to Z Guide to Teaching English in Spain

This is everything you need to know to mentally prepare you for the school year ahead!

Live like a king: Spain's best castle homestays

Live like a king: Spain's best castle homestays

Don't let the lack of blue blood stop you from getting the royal treatment on holiday.

13 things foreigners do that make Spaniards feel really awkward
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13 things foreigners do that make Spaniards feel really awkward

The Local's guide to help foreigners in Spain avoid provoking sidewards glances and awkward silences.