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General

Barcelona, as one of the world's leading tourist destinations, is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. This city is well-known for a number of prominent buildings, sandy beaches, and green parks. The climate here is mild and warm. Barcelona is also famous for its lively nightlife. The main languages are Spanish and Catalan. There is one interesting fact that Barcelona is one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities.

2nd

largest city in Spain

1.6M

residents

8.2M

international visitors each year


Cost of living
Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 898
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 690
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,463
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,048
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 134
  • Internet € 44
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 51
  • Taxi 1km ride € 1.1
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 30                                                                                                                                                                                        milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 10
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 40
  • Beer € 3
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 1.8
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 1.7
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 45
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 9

Healthcare

Spanish healthcare system is considered as one of the best in the world. There are two types of the healthcare system: public and private. If you use the public one, you have to register for healthcare with the Spanish social security office. For registering you have to have next documents: Certificate of Residence in Spain, Certificate as a Local Resident, passport, S1 form. Furthermore, you can be asked for more documents. Public system provides free basic healthcare. Unfortunately, in Barcelona public healthcare is associated with long queues and routine. So if you want to save time and ready to pay for the healthcare, you can use private insurance. Expats moving to Barcelona are advised to make use of the robust private healthcare system.

It is suitable that almost all doctors in Barcelona can speak English. In Spain, you must have a referral from a doctor before visiting a hospital. Only in an emergency, people can go straight to the hospital.

Moreover, medications are provided by Spanish pharmacies and residents are required to pay a percentage of the cost of their prescription medication, because Spain uses a co-payment system (a percentage depends on your age and health).


Education

There are 4 types of Higher Education Institutions in Spain: university schools (with short courses), university colleges (first three years of study), faculties (long courses in all academic disciplines), higher technical schools of engineering and architecture (long-term technical courses). Currently, Spain offers official and nonofficial degrees. Official degrees meet the requirement of the European Higher Education Area. So there are three official degrees: Bachelor's, Master's and PhD. Moreover, fees at public universities are: for a Bachelor’s degree EUR 700-3,700 per year, for a Master’s or Doctorate EUR 17-65 per credit. In private universities fees are higher and can vary from EUR 5,000 to EUE 15,000. Here's the link where you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Barcelona.

More about Higher Education 


Climate

Barcelona, as a city with a humid subtropical climate, is considered as a place with mild, humid winters and hot summers. The average temperature in summer is 28°C (84 °F) and in winter 12°C (54 °F). On average there are 78 rainy days per year in Barcelona.

 28°C

average summer temperature

 12°C

average winter temperature


Safety

Barcelona, as a safe city, has a safety level of 69% safe according to SafeAround’s rating and 57% according to Numbeo. Furthermore, this city is considered as the 15th safest city in the world by Business Insider. And about crime, Barcelona is safe for residents, especially in terms of health security and personal safety.

15th

safest city in the world, according to Business Insider

55/100

Numbeo

Safety Index


Economy

Barcelona, as the 4th most economically powerful city by gross GDP in Europe, is one of the richest cities in Spain. Furthermore, this city was the 14th most "livable city" in the world in 2009 according to Monocle. Barcelona is a hub for business and trade, so a lot of expats choose this city to live and work.

707

Minimum monthly salary

2922

Average monthly

salary


People

Expat communities are common in Barcelona. There you can connect with other expats, find friends and help if it is needed. Here are some of them:

InterNations
Barcelona Expats - International BCN
Expat Meetups in Barcelona

  • General

    Barcelona, as one of the world's leading tourist destinations, is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. This city is well-known for a number of prominent buildings, sandy beaches, and green parks. The climate here is mild and warm. Barcelona is also famous for its lively nightlife. The main languages are Spanish and Catalan. There is one interesting fact that Barcelona is one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities.

    2nd

    largest city in Spain

    1.6M

    residents

    8.2M

    international visitors each year

  • Cost of living
    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 898
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 690
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,463
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,048
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 134
    • Internet € 44
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 51
    • Taxi 1km ride € 1.1
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 30                                                                                                                                                                                        milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 10
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 40
    • Beer € 3
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 1.8
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 1.7
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 45
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 9
  • Healthcare

    Spanish healthcare system is considered as one of the best in the world. There are two types of the healthcare system: public and private. If you use the public one, you have to register for healthcare with the Spanish social security office. For registering you have to have next documents: Certificate of Residence in Spain, Certificate as a Local Resident, passport, S1 form. Furthermore, you can be asked for more documents. Public system provides free basic healthcare. Unfortunately, in Barcelona public healthcare is associated with long queues and routine. So if you want to save time and ready to pay for the healthcare, you can use private insurance. Expats moving to Barcelona are advised to make use of the robust private healthcare system.

    It is suitable that almost all doctors in Barcelona can speak English. In Spain, you must have a referral from a doctor before visiting a hospital. Only in an emergency, people can go straight to the hospital.

    Moreover, medications are provided by Spanish pharmacies and residents are required to pay a percentage of the cost of their prescription medication, because Spain uses a co-payment system (a percentage depends on your age and health).

  • Education

    There are 4 types of Higher Education Institutions in Spain: university schools (with short courses), university colleges (first three years of study), faculties (long courses in all academic disciplines), higher technical schools of engineering and architecture (long-term technical courses). Currently, Spain offers official and nonofficial degrees. Official degrees meet the requirement of the European Higher Education Area. So there are three official degrees: Bachelor's, Master's and PhD. Moreover, fees at public universities are: for a Bachelor’s degree EUR 700-3,700 per year, for a Master’s or Doctorate EUR 17-65 per credit. In private universities fees are higher and can vary from EUR 5,000 to EUE 15,000. Here's the link where you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Barcelona.

    More about Higher Education 

  • Climate

    Barcelona, as a city with a humid subtropical climate, is considered as a place with mild, humid winters and hot summers. The average temperature in summer is 28°C (84 °F) and in winter 12°C (54 °F). On average there are 78 rainy days per year in Barcelona.

     28°C

    average summer temperature

     12°C

    average winter temperature

  • Safety

    Barcelona, as a safe city, has a safety level of 69% safe according to SafeAround’s rating and 57% according to Numbeo. Furthermore, this city is considered as the 15th safest city in the world by Business Insider. And about crime, Barcelona is safe for residents, especially in terms of health security and personal safety.

    15th

    safest city in the world, according to Business Insider

    55/100

    Numbeo

    Safety Index

  • Economy

    Barcelona, as the 4th most economically powerful city by gross GDP in Europe, is one of the richest cities in Spain. Furthermore, this city was the 14th most "livable city" in the world in 2009 according to Monocle. Barcelona is a hub for business and trade, so a lot of expats choose this city to live and work.

    707

    Minimum monthly salary

    2922

    Average monthly

    salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Barcelona. There you can connect with other expats, find friends and help if it is needed. Here are some of them:

    InterNations
    Barcelona Expats - International BCN
    Expat Meetups in Barcelona

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