Business File: Spain

Business File: Spain

SPAIN

Business/social hints

Appointments: Must be made in advance, punctuality is important.

Attire for business meetings: men should wear a suit and tie, women a two-piece suit or equivalent and hosiery.

Etiquette: It is customary to shake hands on meeting and taking leave.

Language: Business is conducted in Spanish, many executives speak French or English.

Invitations: The time for evening meals is usually quite late, around 9pm-10pm. Gratuities in bars and restaurants are around 5% to 10%.

Local time: GMT+2hrs mainland, Balearics, Ceuta and Melilla (from Oct 25 to Mar 27 GMT+1hr), GMT+1hr Canary Islands (From Oct 25 to Mar 27 GMT)

Capital: Madrid

Language: Spanish (Castilian), Catalan, Galician, Basque

Electricity: 220VAC50Hz

Int. direct dialling code: 34

Driving:Green UK licence must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit and an official Spanish translation stamped by the Spanish Consulate. Pink UK licence does not require the above although an International Driving Permit is recommended. Minimum driving age is 18

Currency: Peseta (ESP 1 = 100 Centimos)

Notes: ESP: 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000

Coins:ESP:1; 5; 10; 25; 50; 100; 200; 500

Business hours

Banks: 9am-2pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm Sat (except during the summer).

Offices: Times vary considerably.

Shops: 9am-1pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm Mon-Sat

Emergency Services

Police: 091. Fire: 2323232

Ambulance: 092 (Madrid and Barcelona)

Health

Compulsory vaccinations: None

Weather

Most of Spain is hot and sunny in summer but there are differences in temperature during winter depending on the climatic region.

Madrid

Temp C Humidity % Rain

Max Min am pm (mm)

January 10 1 89 71 39

February 11 2 87 65 34

March 14 4 84 58 42

April 18 7 78 52 48

May 22 10 75 51 47

June 27 14 69 43 28

July 33 16 63 37 11

August 30 17 63 36 15

September 25 13 73 47 32

October 19 9 83 58 54

November 12 4 89 68 48

December 9 1 90 72 48

Barcelona BCN

Postal address: Aeropuerto de Barcelona, Edificio Bloque Tecnico, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat

Telephone: +34 932 98 38 38

Fax: + 34 932 98 37 37

Location: Eight miles southwest of Barcelona

Transportation to city centre: Aerobus: operates 0630-2300, every 15mins (Mon-Fri), 30mins (Sat), 20mins (Sun), fare ESP475, journey time 35mins. Train: RENFE, operates 0614-2244, every 30mins, fare ESP 320, journey time 20mins.

Taxi: fare ESP 2,000, journey time 20mins

Airport departure tax: None

Flight information: tel +34 932 98 38 38, available 24hrs.

Business facilities: Cambra de Comerce, tel 934 78 67 05, 8.30am-8.30pm Mon-Sat

Passport and visas

Required.

Customs

Import allowances:

These import allowances do not apply to the Canary Islands.

For persons of 15 years of age or older:

Persons arriving from European countries and Mediterranean countries of Africa and Asia:

n a) 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250gr of tobacco

n b) One litre of spirit or two litres of other alcoholic beverage and two litres of other wines.

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