¡Hola! And a big caluroso welcome to our Mardid Community! Here on InterNations — the no. 1 social network for expat around the world — our members are happy to help you with any questions you may have about expat life in the Spanish capital. Our members are a diverse group of people with many interests, but are united by a friendly spirit, so you're sure to find someone to help with whatever question you might have in order to assist you settle in, whether you're wondering "how safe is Madrid to walk through at night?" or "where is the best area of Madrid to live in to commute to AZCA?". As well as helping you out with advice before you move, we have a thriving community which can help you in a number of ways after you arrive and help you get settled down in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Our collective wisdom can help you out with almost anything, so don't be afraid to join up and ask any questions you may have.
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Once arrived, you'll soon find that Madrid has as much to offer as any other city in the world. Our Madrid Community is just as amenable to new arrivals, and is always happy to help you get settled and enjoy your new life in Madrid. English is not widely spoken in Madrid and throughout the country, so learning some Spanish is essential to communicate. Life in Madrid is often more affordable than other big cities such as Zurich, Munich, or London, with cuisine to rival Rome, a public transport network as reliable as Berlin, and culture to compare with Paris. There is plenty of expatriates here taking advantage of a city that brings high culture while remaining affordable and hugely welcoming and friendly to people from all over the globe. Leisure options and entertainment are one of the best reasons for expats coming to Madrid and you can look forward to cervezas, tapas and fiesta! There are so many things to enjoy in Madrid that your expat life is bound to be an amazing experience. The city has a lot to offer, including many museums and galleries, plenty of bars and restaurants, as well as an exciting nightlife and an affordable, high-quality lifestyle among other things. It is true that Spain's economy has been experiencing some difficult years recently. However, its economy has slowly but surely improved with the assistance of the European Union. As the major financial center of Spain, many of the main international corporations are located there, attracting expats from all over the world. The healthcare in Spain is one of the best in Europe and available for the EU citizens, while expats might apply for local insurance through your MNC. Other than insurance, if you’re worrying about education for your children, there are some great international schools to be found in Madrid. Madrid holds a Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and mild winters, snowfall is rare but it can occur. Nevertheless, for expats who are wishing to escape from the northern winter, Madrid is a great choice. When looking for accommodation, just make sure that your "piso" or "piso compartido" has air conditioning.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Dubai or Shanghai, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
Our members come from a broad range of backgrounds, countries, and fields of work, but all have gone through our approval process to ensure any interactions you have with our network is safe, our members courteous, and the information on the platform reliable. Whether your query is about potentially complex practical issues like work permits or tax advice, or just about where to get the best cocktails, our members are always happy to help. You're free to take your interaction offline, too — our members have organized a variety of groups for activities in the city, whether your passion is for cinema, opera, or taking advantage of the glorious food and wine offered in the Spanish capital. Our larger InterNations Official Events also take place frequently and allow you to meet some of the most interesting people from around the globe.