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What It’s Like to Be a Spanish Expat Abroad

More than 2.5 million Spanish citizens live abroad, according to 2019 data from the Register of Spaniards Residing Abroad (PERE). Popular destinations for Spanish expats include many European countries — particularly the UK and Germany — as well as North America. Regardless of destination, what’s the experience of living abroad as a Spaniard really like?

As an expat, it’s common to feel a mix of emotions: excitement about discovering a new culture and way of life, but also homesickness at the same time. You’ll most likely bond with other Spanish expats over common experiences. You might miss your favorite foods from home (the list is probably long, from manchego to tortilla to jamón), and a typical work schedule that allows eating lunch and dinner much later than in other places.

How to Meet Other Spanish Expats

As you embark on the adventure of living in a new country, it can be very helpful to find others who are adapting to similar changes and challenges. That’s why getting to know fellow Spanish expats is so important when you move abroad. Established in 2007, InterNations is the largest expat network with over 4 million members. It’s a trusted community offering a range of experiences that bring global minds together, and Spaniards represent one of the top 10 nationalities.

Attending InterNations events is a great way to connect with other Spanish expats abroad. You’ll find varied networking opportunities and activities tailored to your hobbies and interests, available both online and in person. The events have a laid-back vibe where you can exchange tips about expat life in your destination and make new friends.

A Few Facts about Spanish Expats

InterNations conducts an annual survey of expats worldwide called Expat Insider, looking at questions like why they moved abroad and how satisfied they are.

Here’s what the Spanish abroad shared about their experiences:

  • 69% of Spanish expats have a postgraduate degree or a PhD, compared to the global average of 48%.

  • 48% of Spanish expats who are employed hold a senior or top management position, compared to the global average of 42%.

  • 46% of Spanish expats say they speak the local language(s) in their destination “very well”, compared to the global average of 29%.

  • Nearly three-quarters (74%) of Spanish expats said they were happy with their lives in general, which is close to the global average of 76%.

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The Top Countries for Spanish Expats

So, where can you find other Spaniards living abroad? InterNations has 420 communities in 166 countries. Here are the most popular destinations for Spanish expats:

Spanish Expat Communities in Africa

A vast and exciting continent, there are many destinations in Africa where you can meet fellow Spanish expats — including both newcomers and long-time expats.

Spanish Expat Communities in Asia

Diverse and welcoming, with exciting cities and bucket list–worthy sights, Asia boasts a wide array of opportunities for anyone seeking new experiences.

Spanish Expat Communities in Europe

Without going too far from home, you can pursue your career goals and get to know new languages and cultures.

Western Europe

Eastern Europe

Spanish Expat Communities in North America

There are many popular destinations to choose from across the continent, with excellent opportunities to work, learn, travel, and explore.

Spanish Expat Communities in Oceania

While reaching countries like Australia and New Zealand may require serious long-haul travel, there’s lots to love about relocating here: great climate, laid-back friendliness, and a high quality of life.

Spanish Expat Communities in South- & Middle America

An affordable cost of living, business and career opportunities, as well as beautiful landscapes and geographic diversity — this combination makes South America an attractive choice for many Spanish expats.

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