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international comparisons is a growing preoccupation.
It can be interesting to see how other countries perform
when it comes to education, health and wellbeing.
But what about comparing tax?
These statistics from a Eurostat news release do make
quite interesting reading, even for me. According to
this, the lowest implicit tax rates on labour
are in Malta, on consumption in Spain and on
capital in Lithunia. Here are some more statistics
from the report:
- The largest source of tax revenue in the EU27
comes from labour
- The UK has one of the lowest tax rates on labour (26%)
and Belgium (42.3%) the highest
- Tax rates on consumption were lowest in Spain
(14%) and highest in Denmark (31.4%)
- Overall, tax revenue % of GDP is higher in the UK
(36.1%), Sweden (44.3%), Germany (39.1%), France (39.4%)
and in Finland (44%) than in Spain with (30.5%)
If you want to have a good look for yourself and see
how the countries compare go to:
revolution in sight
article asks - why haven't the Spanish revolted? Circumstances
are bad enough and the protests are loud but by and
large society limps on. The same question could be asked
around the globe. It's not just Spain where the
inequalities between rich and poor are becoming every
more evident. Makes you think:
most people spending time in the sun is therapeutic.
If you've bought a house in Spain you're likely
to agree with that.
We don't need research to tell us that the sun is good
for us. We couldn't live without it. We also don't need
research to tell us that the sun can be harmful too.
Over the years we have all become aware of competing
research that gives out different messages. Here we
have another example. Researchers from the University
of Edinburgh suggest exposure to UV rays could actually
lower blood pressure.
Perhaps take it with a pinch of salt (and we all know
how controversial that can be) and wait for the evidence
to contradict it. For the time being I'm quite happy
to combine a little sunbathing with looking after my
you heard the term 'third culture kid'? It's
a phrase used to describe an increasing number of children
who find themselves living in a country that's different
to their parents' nationality. It might have its problems
sometimes for individuals but there are advantages to
there being a growing number of 'global' young people:
are websites and forums dedicated to TCKs. We thought
this article on one website was quite thought provoking.
Where should people be able to vote?:
Energy performance certificate
has been a lot of speculation about the new energy performance
certificate. The EPC has now become law and will begin
to be implemented in June. People who are renting
out their property or selling it will need to obtain
one from a qualified engineer. However, there are exceptions
too. To find out more if you will need to have one or
not read our article: The Energy Performance Certificate
- back in the spotlight
noticed! In the last issue of 'The Word on the Street'
there was no mention of Corvera airport. Following
some enquiries from concerned readers, it has returned
to its usual slot.
In spite of this gap in coverage not much seems to have
changed. Murcia Today continues to have the most
up-to-date and informed bulletins - so it's over to
them for the latest on Corvera v San Javier:
you completely forgotten about the prospect of Paramount?
You could be forgiven if you had. Just as you think
it's completely dropped out of the agenda there's another
little snippet of information that suggests it just
might happen after all:
you a guiri?
In case you don't know, guiri translates as a
foreigner in Spain. It's not an offensive term but does
bring with it images of a particular kind of Anglo-Saxon
tourist. If you live in Spain and want to avoid being
classed as a guiri then this set of photos and captions
from The Local might be just what you need:
From the same website, for all our book lovers, there's
The Local's recommendations for books about Spain:
A Place in the Sun in London
mentioned in the March issue of 'Word on the Street'
that A Place in the Sun was visiting London Olympia
. If you want to find out more about how they got on
and where the next exhibition will be you can read this
article by Nick Snelling:
longer a football-free zone
from the odd reference to the Spanish national football
team, there has been little coverage of football
in this newsletter. That's not going to change, but
two major footballing events at the end of the season
mean that we are allowing it to make a guest appearance.
The first is the parting of José Mourinho and Madrid.
Two articles published on Iberosphere make interesting
The second is the promotion of Elche C.F. to
the First Division. It's made at least one person
in our offices, very happy.