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Santander, Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Santander, Spain: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Santander?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Santander, they said:

"Expats considering retirement in Santander should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, it's important to understand that the cost of living in Santander is generally lower than in many other European cities, but it can still be higher than in some parts of the U.S. or other countries. Healthcare in Spain is of a high standard, and while public healthcare is available, many expats choose to take out private health insurance for more comprehensive coverage. Santander has a temperate oceanic climate, with mild winters and warm summers, which can be a draw for those looking for a comfortable climate in their retirement years. The official language is Spanish, and while English is spoken in many tourist areas, it's beneficial to learn some Spanish to help with day-to-day life and integration into the local community. Santander is known for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, and outdoor activities, offering a variety of leisure options for retirees. The city is also known for its seafood and regional cuisine, which is something food-loving retirees might appreciate. Public transportation in Santander is reliable and affordable, with a network of buses and trains connecting the city and surrounding areas. Spain has a double taxation agreement with many countries, which means you won't have to pay tax in two countries, but it's important to understand the tax implications before moving. Finally, it's crucial to understand the visa and residency requirements for living in Spain long-term, as these can be complex and may require a significant amount of paperwork," explained one expat living in Santander, Spain.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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Balcells Group provides immigration, business, legal, and tax advice to individuals, companies, investors, students, entrepreneurs, highly-qualified professionals, digital nomads, and more. They speak English, Spanish, Catalan, and Russian.
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Balcells Group provides immigration, business, legal, and tax advice to individuals, companies, investors, students, entrepreneurs, highly-qualified professionals, digital nomads, and more. They speak English, Spanish, Catalan, and Russian.
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