Moving to Barcelona
Barcelona is more than just Spain’s second biggest city; it’s more than just the largest city on the Mediterranean; it’s more than just the home of the world’s best beloved sports team; it’s more than just the capital of Catalonia; more than just a showcase of Gothic and Catalan Modernist architecture; it’s more than just a 2,000 year old port; more than just a city with a beach. Barcelona is a city alive with both commerce and revelry day and night, a city with a hunger to assert itself on the world stage, a city that is far greater than the sum of its parts.
Living in Barcelona
After a long period of suppression during the Franco era in Spain, Catalonia’s resurgence began in the mid-seventies with the restoration of the Catalan language to public life and the reestablishment of the region’s autonomous institutions. An official language of the city, it is estimated that more than 70% of Barcelona’s population can speak Catalan - though most use Spanish for the majority of their business.
Though renowned as a city of nightlife and entertainment the economy of Barcelona is strong and diverse. A traditional seat of manufacturing, the Catalan region has one of the highest GDPs of any region in the EU and in a 2009 survey was named Europe’s 4th best business city.