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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Spain, they said...

"1. Expats should research different regions of Spain to decide on the best place to retire. 2. It is important to know the language, as even if English is widely spoken in Spain, proficiency in Spanish will be necessary for everyday life. 3. Expats should review the country’s tax laws and determine if there are any special exceptions for retirees. 4. Healthcare is excellent in Spain, but it is important to check on the particular provisions for retirees, such as available discounts or special coverage. 5. International expats will need to arrange for a long-term visa or residency permit prior to moving. 6. Expats should become familiar with the various regional or cultural customs in their chosen area of retirement. 7. If planning to retire in Spain, it is important to acquaint oneself with the country’s real estate laws and regulations. 8. Shopping around for the best deals on everyday expenses is essential, as cost of living in some areas of Spain can be high," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Spain.

"Number one advice...learn Spanish. This is one of the few places in Europe where no one speaks English," commented one expat who made the move to Madrid, 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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