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Expat Guide to Living in Madrid

Whether you're already living in Madrid or preparing to move to Madrid, our Expat Guide to Living in Spain offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Madrid. For answers to specific questions, visit our Spain Forum to talk with expats in Madrid.

5 Tips For Living in Madrid

Expats in Madrid live in a city with a broad appeal to people throughout the world, rich cultural traditions and some of the most delicious food in the world!

Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare

Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare in Madrid

An expat in Madrid recommends HM hospitals, says that prescriptions are a fraction of the prices that they are in the US and has a warning about US health insurance policies for expats.

More Culture Shock Reports for Madrid

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Madrid handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Madrid:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

More Living in Madrid Reports

What are people's priorities in Madrid - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Madrid:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Madrid Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Madrid? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Madrid? Below are some of the responses from expats in Madrid:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Madrid

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Madrid. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Madrid:
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Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Madrid. If you are already living in Madrid, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Madrid by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Madrid? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Madrid by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Madrid? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Madrid? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

Submit a Working Abroad Report
Expatriate Health Insurance

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12 Expats Talk About What It's Like Moving to Spain

Expats in Spain share their experiences moving to Spain. From what to bring to learning Spanish, culture shock to finding a flat.
Expats in Spain share their experiences moving to Spain. From what to bring to learning Spanish, culture shock to finding a flat. ...

Expat Spain: 10 Tips for Living in Spain

With it's warm culture, thriving cities and beautiful countryside, expats agree that Spain has it all. Expats share their tips and experiences living in Spain.

With it's warm culture, thriving cities and beautiful countryside, expats agree that Spain has it all. Expats share their tips and experiences living in Spain....

5 Tips for Living in Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region where some citizens are fighting for their independence from Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city that's rich in history and architecture with a thriving nightlife scene.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region where some citizens are fighting for their independence from Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city that's rich in history and architecture with a thrivi...

International Schools in Barcelona, Spain

Families moving to Barcelona have a number of great schools to consider. There are several American and British schools plus foreign children are allowed to attend public school. In this article we highlight several of the more popular English schools and expats' advice with regard to public vs. private English schools.

Families moving to Barcelona have a number of great schools to consider. There are several American and British schools plus foreign children are allowed to attend public school. In this article we ...

Retirement-In-SalamancaAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Salamanca, Spain

This report on retiring to Salamanca in Spain offers a great deal of advice for expats who might consider moving to this university city later in life. Find out about some of the the specifics to living in Salamanca and also what motivated this retiree to pick this ancient Celtic city in Northwestern Spain.

This report on retiring to Salamanca in Spain offers a great deal of advice for expats who might consider moving to this university city later in life. Find out about some of the the specifics to liv...

Moving-To-BarcelonaAn Expat Talks about Moving to Barcelona, Spain

An expat in Barcelona talks about the cost of living in Barcelona, finding an apartment that's pet friendly, learning the language and more.

An expat in Barcelona talks about the cost of living in Barcelona, finding an apartment that's pet friendly, learning the language and more....

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