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10 reasons you should visit Malta in 2019

10 reasons you should visit Malta in 2019

Whether you’re interested in history, sports, food, art, doing business or learning something new, the Maltese Islands should be your next port of call – and this is why.

 
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QUIZ: Which up-and-coming city should you visit in 2019?

QUIZ: Which up-and-coming city should you visit in 2019?

The world is your oyster, you just need to find the pearls. Take our quiz to discover the inspiration you need to book your next city break.

 
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Euro MPs back Brexit delay in letter to Britain

Euro MPs back Brexit delay in letter to Britain

More than 100 members of the European parliament have promised to back a delay to Brexit to allow voters to think again, in a letter to British citizens.

Why 2019 is a great year to live abroad

Why 2019 is a great year to live abroad

Around 50 million people live outside their native countries, enticed by the many benefits of expatriation. Such an upheaval isn’t without its challenges but as we approach 2019, an expat survey* suggests there’s never been a better time to live abroad.

 
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Why Spain loves the Three Kings more than Santa

Why Spain loves the Three Kings more than Santa

The Feast of Epiphany is traditionally Spain's main festive holiday, when children receive their presents brought not by Santa Claus, but by the Three Kings.

Eight essential ways to tackle winter like a true Spaniard

Eight essential ways to tackle winter like a true Spaniard

From what to wear to what to order, we've got the tips to help you blend in like a true local as the mercury drops.

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Pajarito'

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Pajarito'

Like many words in Spanish, this noun has the diminutive added meaning we are talking about something little.

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.

Court asks for jail transfer of Catalans before trial

Court asks for jail transfer of Catalans before trial

Spain's Supreme Court asked Thursday for nine Catalan separatist leaders jailed for their role in the 2017 independence bid to be transferred to Madrid so they can be tried in "the last week" of January.

The quirky habits you can't help picking up living in Spain

The quirky habits you can't help picking up living in Spain

If you've moved to Spain, chances are you have picked up some Spanish habits. How many of these do you do?

Eight of Barcelona’s best budget hotels

Eight of Barcelona’s best budget hotels

Between Gaudi’s park and Barceloneta beach, Barcelona is a sea-and-city double threat. We’ve got the lowdown on the best low-cost hotels in the area, which will let you experience life in the Catalan capital – and still have euros left over for a glass of sangria or two.

Spanish far-right party backs rightwing coalition in Andalusia

Spanish far-right party backs rightwing coalition in Andalusia

Tiny far-right party Vox, which sent shockwaves through Spain after winning a surprise 12 seats in Andalusia last month, said Wednesday it would vote in favour of forming a conservative government in the southern region.

How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

For many of the 1.2 million Brits living in the EU, as well as the 3 million EU citizens in the UK, a no-deal Brexit threatens a spate of life-changing repercussions. And the process is taking a toll on people's mental health.

 Four arrested over New Year sex assault in Alicante

Four arrested over New Year sex assault in Alicante

Spanish police said Sunday they have arrested four men suspected of a New Year's Eve sexual assault reminiscent of a 2016 Pamplona bull-running rape case which caused national outrage.

What you need to know about Spain's 2018 rent law changes

What you need to know about Spain's 2018 rent law changes

Essential reading for anyone letting out or renting a property in Spain in 2018.

Vodafone set to cut up to 1,200 jobs in Spain

Vodafone set to cut up to 1,200 jobs in Spain

Vodafone said Thursday it planned to cut up to 1,200 jobs in Spain as it streamlines its organisation to cope with a drop in revenue and profits in a fiercely competitive telecommunications market.

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Dane loses to state in appeal case over beaver damage

Dane loses to state in appeal case over beaver damage

A landowner in rural Denmark has failed in a bid to win compensation for damage caused to his property by gnawing beavers.

 

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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.

Desperate rescue mission for toddler trapped in Malaga well

Desperate rescue mission for toddler trapped in Malaga well

Emergency services have mounted a rescue mission to try and save a two-year-old boy who fell down a 100 meter deep well during a family outing to the countryside near Malaga.

'Monstrous' Messi scores 400th La Liga goal

'Monstrous' Messi scores 400th La Liga goal

Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal on Sunday, a total his coach Ernesto Valverde called "monstrous", as Barcelona terrorised Eibar to reclaim their five-point cushion at the top of the table.

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.

Where to next? Join The Local’s new travel group on Facebook

Where to next? Join The Local’s new travel group on Facebook

The Local has launched a new travel-focussed Facebook group and we’d love you to share your insights. You’ll also be in with a chance to win flight vouchers.

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.

The ten commandments for expats living in Spain

The ten commandments for expats living in Spain

Irish expat Carol Byrne outlines the ten golden rules you will need to follow to be a happy expat in Spain.

Swiss suspect in murder of Scandinavian hikers 'had psychiatric problems'

Swiss suspect in murder of Scandinavian hikers 'had psychiatric problems'

The man arrested in connection with the murder of two Danish and Norwegian hikers was receiving Swiss disability benefits for psychiatric problems, a Spanish newspaper reported on Tuesday.


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