Expat Life

EmbasyRenamed Facebook page builds on highly popular 'Brits living in Spain'

Since its launch two years ago, the British Embassy's 'Brits living in Spain' Facebook page has become a very popular and lively forum for unbiased information and debate on many important aspects of life in Spain.

Now renamed 'Brits in Spain', the page better reflects its followers, who include the many who live here as well as some who visit. Topics include how to register to vote in the EU referendum, where to get an EHIC, tips on learning Spanish and navigating Spanish officialdom, places to visit and news from the Embassy, amongst many others.

Why the change in name? Simon Montague, Director of Communications at the Embassy, explains: "We are really pleased that so many people are 'liking' our Facebook page and actively using it to discover and share valuable information. "Three quarters of our 18,300 followers are in Spain, but a quarter are in the UK. So as well as acting as a popular forum for full-time residents, we also want to extend a welcome to the many thousands of Brits who have a second home here, and those who visit year after year on holiday."

In a recent Embassy survey of British residents, 72% who followed the Embassy's Facebook page said it helped them integrate into life in Spain. Here are some of their reasons for 'liking' it:

  • "I feel more knowledgeable about living in Spain through following the Facebook feed."
  • "When you hear rumours about laws changing, you can always count on this page to confirm them, or receive correct information."
  • "I use it for friends or family who are coming here."
  • "It points me in the direction of useful things, which I then pin to my save list to access whenever I need to."
  • "I follow the page mainly for the photos and info on places to visit."
  • "I find your articles very interesting."

Mr Montague adds: "If you want to benefit from independent advice and others' experiences, then do follow us. Simply search for 'Brits in Spain' on Facebook and 'like' our page."

'Brits in Spain' is a sister channel to the Embassy's 'UKinSpain' Facebook channel, which focuses on institutional and political information and publishes in Spanish.

Britons who are Twitter fans and want to keep up with the latest news from the Consular network can also follow@BritsliveSpain, as well as the comments and thoughts of the British Ambassador on @SimonManleyFCO.

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