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El Gordo: Everything you need to know about Spain's Christmas lottery

El Gordo: Everything you need to know about Spain's Christmas lottery

If you're puzzled by all the long queues on streets around Spain in the lead-up to Christmas, then wonder no more. Welcome to Spain's unique 'El Gordo' (the Fat one) lottery, the richest in the world.

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Our geographically-savvy readers are probably already aware that Estonia is not part of the Nordics (yet). It is, however, very close to its Nordic neighbours, both physically and culturally.

 
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Spanish Word of the Day: 'Jaleo'

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Jaleo'

'Jaleo' is a word you could come across pretty often.

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QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

Iceland may have a population of just over 330,000 people (all with equally unpronounceable names) but that doesn't stop it churning out a stream of globally-renowned people. Take our quiz to discover your Icelandic spirit animal.

 
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Everything you need to know about Madrid's new traffic restrictions
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Everything you need to know about Madrid's new traffic restrictions

Madrid's City Hall have introduced new restrictions on traffic in the heart of capital. Here's what you need to know.

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

Valletta, Malta’s small but mighty capital, still feels like one of the Med’s undiscovered gems. But it won’t stay that way for long. The Local’s commercial editor, Sophie Miskiw, explored 2018's Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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Brexit: New data reveals surge in Brits applying for Spanish citizenship

Brexit: New data reveals surge in Brits applying for Spanish citizenship

The latest figures show the number of British residents in Spain applying for Spanish citizenship has tripled since the Brexit vote.

IN PICS: 15 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Spain

IN PICS: 15 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Spain

Don't let anyone tell you Spain 'doesn't do' autumn.

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Villancicos'

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Villancicos'

Today's word of the day comes with three popular Spanish Christmas Carols to learn.

Spanish govt admits snap general election may be a possibilty

Spanish govt admits snap general election may be a possibilty

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's minority government, which is struggling to pass its draft 2019 budget, would not rule out holding an early general election, a top cabinet minister said on Monday.

#MeToo in Europe: New laws on consent and catcalling

#MeToo in Europe: New laws on consent and catcalling

From France, where seduction is treated as a high art, to Sweden, a trailblazer for gender equality, the #MeToo movement has had a mixed impact in Europe, stirring debate about consent and the banality of street harassment.

ANALYSIS: Are hardline Catalan separatists really going to attempt a violent breakaway?

ANALYSIS: Are hardline Catalan separatists really going to attempt a violent breakaway?

Hunger strike, sabotage, calls for revolution and reckless unchecked protests. How far will some militant Catalan separatists go?

Body of young boy brings death toll of Mallorca floods to 13

Body of young boy brings death toll of Mallorca floods to 13

The lifeless body of a young boy missing since the floods hit Mallorca eight days ago has been discovered, bringing the death toll to 13.

12 weird and wonderful Christmas traditions celebrated across Spain

12 weird and wonderful Christmas traditions celebrated across Spain

From Catalonia's 'crapping log' to the Basque Country's very own version of Santa Claus, The Local guides you through the weird and wonderful world of Spanish Christmas.

Rail workers call Christmas strikes across Spain

Rail workers call Christmas strikes across Spain

Spanish railway workers will stage a nationwide strike on December 21st and January 7th during the busy Christmas holiday period over job cuts and working conditions, a union said Tuesday.

Madrid braces for 'maximum security' before Sunday's 'weird' final between Argentinian teams

Madrid braces for 'maximum security' before Sunday's 'weird' final between Argentinian teams

Madrid is expecting up to 500 "especially violent" Argentinian fans for Sunday's relocated football match between fierce Argentinian rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors.

Spanish pensioner kills herself over eviction

Spanish pensioner kills herself over eviction

A Spanish pensioner killed herself by jumping from the fifth floor of her Madrid apartment on Monday as police tried to evict her.

Spanish retail giant Corte Ingles strikes deal with Alibaba

Spanish retail giant Corte Ingles strikes deal with Alibaba

Spain's top department store chain El Corte Ingles on Thursday announced a collaboration with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

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Three women seriously injured after being stabbed in Nuremberg

Three women seriously injured after being stabbed in Nuremberg

Three women were rushed to hospital due to life-threatening injuries on Thursday after being stabbed in separate incidents by an unknown attacker.

 

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Spain is about to raise the minimum wage by a whopping 22 percent

Spain is about to raise the minimum wage by a whopping 22 percent

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Wednesday his cabinet would approve next week a 22 percent increase in the monthly minimum wage to €1,050 ($1,192) in 2019.

ANALYSIS: What does the new Gibraltar-Brexit deal really mean?
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ANALYSIS: What does the new Gibraltar-Brexit deal really mean?

A win for Spain or a missed opportunity? It depends who's talking.

Spain starts Brazil extradition bid for gunman in 1977 attack

Spain starts Brazil extradition bid for gunman in 1977 attack

Spanish prosecutors on Monday demanded the extradition of a Spanish man convicted over the 1977 killing of five leftists in Madrid, after his arrest in Brazil last week.

Double world figure skating champion Javier Fernandez retiring

Double world figure skating champion Javier Fernandez retiring

Spaniard Javier Fernandez, a double world champion in figure skating, has said that he will retire after the European championships in Minsk on in January.

Spain 'mastergate' university faces new degree giveaway claims

Spain 'mastergate' university faces new degree giveaway claims

A Spanish university already accused of gifting degrees to high-profile politicians is also being probed for allegedly giving away diplomas.

The 12 most beautiful places to visit in Spain this autumn

The 12 most beautiful places to visit in Spain this autumn

Autumn is a great season to do some exploring in Spain. Here are a selection of our autumn favourites.

Spain bans painkiller for tourists after death of ten Brits

Spain bans painkiller for tourists after death of ten Brits

Spanish health authorities have banned the sale of a common painkiller to tourists after it was linked to the deaths of at least ten British holidaymakers.

EU court rules against British expats' challenge over 'illegal' Brexit

EU court rules against British expats' challenge over 'illegal' Brexit

A European Court has rejected an appeal by Brits living in Europe, including 97-year-old war veteran Harry Shindler, who claim that the Brexit referendum was invalid because at least a million Britons were deprived of a vote.