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About Spain Expat

31 03 2006

Spain Expat started as a bit of a hobby by an expatriate and his spanish wife while living in Seville in November of 2000. At that time the goal was to “help newcomers to Spain get oriented and to try to form a network of support among the expats.”

Since that fateful November, the ownership has changed hands (as of November 2004), but the goal remains the same.

Spain Expat now offers more information than ever before, and more almost every day. Information specifically for expats living in Spain or moving here such as finding apartments and real estate, connecting to the Internet, learning Spanish, currency exchange, health care & medical insurance, getting telephone service (and the subsequent Telefónica rage), VoIP for calling home cheaply, working & jobs in Spain, finding cheap flights, and one of our specialties: legal issues like visas and residency for expats. That’s the short list.

We now offer a type of membership that allows visitors to stay in touch with goings on here and post their questions and comments directly to the relevant topic’s information page. Weekly Spanorama brings a touch of humour through The Cheat’s cynicism and hope.

There’s more in store for Spain Expat and the expatriates who join us in 2006. So sign up now, be a Spainexpat.

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Definition of Spain Expat

Spain (spān)

  • A country of southwest Europe comprising most of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic and Canary Islands. Inhabited since the Stone Age, the region was colonized by Phoenicians and Greeks and later ruled by Carthage and Rome (after 201 B.C.). Barbarians first invaded Spain in A.D. 409 but were supplanted by Moors from North Africa (711-719), who organized a kingdom known for its learning and splendor. The Moors were gradually displaced by small Christian states and were ousted from their last stronghold, Granada, in 1492. Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile then became rulers of a united Spain, which became a world power through exploration and conquest. After the empire was lost in the 18th and 19th centuries, Spain experienced social and economic unrest that culminated in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the rise of Francisco Franco. After Franco’s death in 1975 the monarchy was restored under King Juan Carlos, who oversaw the creation of a parliamentary democracy. Madrid is the capital and the largest city. Population: 39,143,000.

ex·pat  (ěkʼspāt)

n. Chiefly British

  • An expatriate.

expatriate (ěk-spāʼtrē-āt’ )

v. tr.

  1. To send into exile. See Synonyms at banish.
  2. To remove (oneself) from residence in one’s native land.

v. intr.

  1. To give up residence in one’s homeland.
  2. To renounce allegiance to one’s homeland.

n. (-ǐ,-āt’ )

  1. One who has taken up residence in a foreign country.
  2. One who has renounced one’s native land.

adj. (-t, -t)

  •   Residing in a foreign country; expatriated


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The original Spain Expat (pictured)

Spain Expat has come far in its six years. Read a bit about our history here, then sign up as a Spain Expat to stay up to date.

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