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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Spain. They wrote...

"Understand their ways..... Just because is an industrialized country doesn't mean USA...," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Madrid, Spain.

"Expats in Spain often find the lack of punctuality to be a challenging issue. Many also struggle to adapt to the slower pace of life, as well as the strong importance placed on family and social relationships. Many also find it difficult to adjust to the strict gender roles in Spanish culture and the prevalence of machismo. Furthermore, the extensive paperwork and bureaucracy required for administrative tasks can be overwhelming. For some, the language barrier is also a challenge, as some parts of Spain have their own language, alongside the national language of Spanish," commented one expat who made the move to Spain.

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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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