GoinGlobal’s local experts help you understand the character of the people of this country, including history, cuisine, recreation and time management. Below is a brief excerpt from this section:
People and Values
Although predominantly conservative, Spanish society has always shown radical contrasts. While in many ways it remains a traditional society, particularly regarding religion, minorities and the status of women, in other areas the country has led progressive changes over recent decades. For example, it was one of the first countries to legalize same-sex marriages in 2005 and is considered one of most LGBTQ-friendly (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer/Questioning) countries in the world today.
Personal character and integrity are highly valued traits, as is modesty.
The family, both nuclear and extended, is the central social unit.
Like many collectivist cultures, Spanish society deeply values group affiliation – to a family, an organization or a community. However, this does not extend to ideas of greater social responsibility;
Spaniards can also exhibit a fierce individualism and are distrustful of the government and authority.
People can be animated and gregarious. They are immediately friendly with new acquaintances but build relationships based on long-term loyalty and trust...
Life in Spain may be best characterized by its unhurried pace. Although often delayed, things eventually get done. Foreign visitors should not get too upset about this and try rather to “go with the flow.” Everything happens later in Spain, from getting to work to eating meals to falling asleep at night.
Spain is considered a fluid time culture, which places more importance on personal relationships than on deadlines, which are considered flexible...
Fútbol (soccer) is by far the most popular sport in Spain, bordering on a national religion. The season runs from mid-August to the beginning of June. The average price for a ticket to a game is 80 to 500 EUR. Tennis and Formula One have also become important mass entertainment, thanks to the popularity of Rafa Nadal and Fernando Alonso. Golf is very popular among businessmen, and Spain is host to a number of luxury golf resorts...
This is just a brief sample of the extensive information in the GoinGlobal Spain Career Guide, which is carefully researched and regularly updated by local career experts.