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Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the world's most beautiful cities and one of the friendliest to the LGBTQ+ community.
With a population of 1.6 million, it's also emerging as a center of economic development. The Catalonia
region, of which Barcelona is the capital, hosts a strong digital economy, creative industries, life sciences, a
green economy, and advanced manufacturing. Doors are open to entrepreneurs and to public, private, and
community efforts promoting growth, with an eye on gender equity and intercultural understanding. To work
there, non-EU citizens must apply for a residence and employment permit, and everyone working in Spain
must get a social security number and a national identity document.

income, up to 45% on €60,000, or about US$73,000. The U.S. and Canada are among the countries that have
tax treaties with Spain.
While tolerance is a hallmark of Barcelona, so is dressing in sharp and even somewhat modest fashion. Personal
relationships are valued, and business deals are often closed over long lunches. English is widely spoken, but knowledge of Spanish and Catalan, the distinct official language, is advised for expats who want to forge relationships.
Family-friendly neighborhoods include Pedralbes or Sarrià, with leafy parks and English-speaking schools.
Young, single expats gravitate toward Esquerra Eixample, where shops and restaurants abound, or Vila
Olímpica, the complex built for the 1992 Olympics, near beaches and shops. The pleasant suburbs of
Castelldefels and Sant Cugat del Vallès are only 20 minutes from center city by train. Barcelona's gay nightlife
thrives in Eixample, the neighborhood fondly nicknamed " Gayxample. "
For families with children, Spain's international schools are required
to teach Spanish or a co-official regional language, and in Barcelona,
they teach both.
Expats are also advised to get Spain's Personal Health-Care Card, or
Targeta sanitària individual (TSI) in Catalan, for free access to excellent
public care and co-funded prescriptions. Many also obtain private
health insurance for shorter waits for private care.
On the weekends, grab your bathing suit-or not-and head to
one of Barcelona's enticing beaches. All are welcoming, and some are
especially popular with the gay community. Play beach volleyball, sip
a drink at a chiringuito beach bar, and at some sites, enjoy clothingoptional sunbathing.

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