After adopting the euro, the Spanish economy initially benefited from sharply lower interest rates, spurring a property bubble. However, with the onset of the global financial crisis, property prices collapsed, causing widespread layoffs, and pushing unemployment to more than 26 per cent by the end of 2012. Spain received a bank bailout from the European Central Bank in 2012. 


Name: Laura Rodas Ortiz

Age: 19

Country/ City: Spain, Granada

School name: University of Translation and Interpretation of Granada

Star sign: Aquarius

Sunday, 19 March, 2006, 12:00am

What's On


Spain's The El Retablo Puppet Theatre is performing in Hong Kong as part of the International Arts Carnival.

The puppet show, titled Animals, promises to be a hit with all ages. With their stories, music, poetry and more, Retablo is renowned for dazzling audiences around the world.

26 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Frills, skills & lots of lace

So, what are the watchwords for Alice Temperley's latest collections? Lace, of course, plus a bit of France and a touch of Spain.

27 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Wine On


Less than $100

Altozano 2003, $85

12 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

A selection of the best submissions was put on display over the summer and by the end of the year, the label will select, partly based on feedback from the public, which items it will sell in Portugal, Spain and France.

30 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Anger at arrests over attacks on shoemakers

More anti-Chinese protests have broken out in southeastern Spain after the arrests of 15 people suspected of inciting a protest 10 days ago during which Chinese shoemakers' warehouses were burned down.

Chinese embassy staff in Madrid were quoted as saying several hundred people took to the streets of Elche for a second day on Thursday chanting anti-Chinese slogans.

26 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

In Greece, most offices are usually closed when siesta is observed between 3pm and 5pm, while smaller establishments in Spain close between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

The above example refers to specific times during a day. However, when we want to be vague, we can instead use some words or phrases. The following have been used in the article.

7 Sep 2004 - 12:00am


Learn Chinese

I was shocked at the arrogance expressed in the letter headlined 'Better English needed' (Sunday Morning Post, March 21).

28 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Terrorist ETA

On Sunday and yesterday, the Post refers to the Spanish group ETA as 'separatist'.

Please refer to ETA as terrorist, whoever caused the killing in Madrid on March 11. In Spain, there are separatists, but most are not violent and are against ETA. It is an insult to associate them with terrorism.

16 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Spain begins to bury its dead

Spain began the emotional task of burying its dead yesterday after more than a quarter of the country's population rallied in disgust at Thursday's train bombings, which killed 200 people.

14 Mar 2004 - 12:00am


It's summer holiday time for the SYP team this week. Kate is in Spain and Vivienne is in England. Are you going away this summer? Find out what kind of traveller you are with our Summer Sizzler Travel Quiz.

1. Your main aim on holiday is to:

a. see a new place

b. relax

c. spend time with family/ friends

22 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Chiu boosts SAR hopes

Odense, Denmark: Asian Games champion Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin will lead Hong Kong's bid for a higher placing today following their 2-1 win over Spain in a playoff for the ninth-to-16th spots at the World Women's Squash Team Championship. The SAR, who have secured a top-12 finish, will face Canada today and a victory means they will play for ninth and 10th placings.

19 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Economy out-performs rivals

Spain's economy, like many other European countries', has slowed sharply in the past six months. However, the growth rate remains ahead of the average for the EU zone.

Economists attribute the deceleration of the economy, following a prolonged growth phase, to external factors.

12 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Madrid: A fabled city boasting bullfights and fiestas

While Spain is a treasure-trove of culture drenched in historical pageantry and brimming with flamenco, bullfights and fiestas, the capital has been described as 'the fable of Europe'.

Welcoming, cordial, free and peaceful and universal, the prevailing spirit of the city is festive and its bustle is contagious.

12 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Testud upset

CHINA'S Li Fang upset top-seeded Sandrine Tes tud of France in the quarter-finals of the Budapest Lotto Ladies Open tennis tournament.

The sixth-seeded Li, ranked 44th in the world, prevailed 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, over Testud, who is ranked 13th.

26 Apr 1998 - 12:00am