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Cultural diversity

Spain is located in the south of Europe having Portugal and France as closest neighbours. The country is organized politically into Autonomous Communities, which in turn are further divided into provinces, then comarcas (somewhat like the English counties) and finally municipalities, which are the individual villages, towns and cities. There are 17 Autonomous Communities plus Ceuta and Melilla, and 50 provinces. It is definitely worth familiarising yourself with the location of these before you come and visit.
Spanish is spoken all over the Spanish territory and it is the official language. However other languages are also spoken in certain areas of Spain. These are: Catalan, in Catalonia; Galician, in Galicia; Euskera/Basque, in the Basque Country; Valencian, in the Region of Valencia; and a particular variety of Catalan, spoken in the Balearic Islands.



As a capital city Madrid has a huge range of things to do, places to eat and all the facilities tourists and other foreigners need. Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain, located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula plain 646 meters above sea level and spans a total of 698 KM2.The population of the city is roughly 3,2 million, the entire population of the metropolitan area. As the capital city, a business center, seat of government, Spanish Parliament, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political centre of Spain. Madrid is characterized by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife.

A simple walk through any of Madrid’s neighborhoods reveals the city’s dedication to creating and maintaining this important balance between old and new. Stunningly-kept parks (modern and historical), streets, and parkways weave with historic landmarks such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Theater, and the National Library to create fabulous-feeling and eclectic settings; and the heartbeat of modern business, art, technology, and fashion intertwine with tried, treasured, and true historic architecture, arts, and culture. The result is a city of vibrant ambiance and beautiful scenery.

What you better know before you go there ...

Probably your teacher has good and valuable information about Italy and

what you have to know when you go on an international workexperience in Italy.


We offer some other information that can be usefull:


1. All facts about Spain : serious matters !




in Spain

Workexchanges in Spain ...

Leisure time, health / safety and ...

Safety & Health issues

Public Health:

- SAMUR (Accidents in public places): 092
- INSALUD (Urgencies): 061 or 112 (English or Spanish)
Emergencies: 91 522 22 22
Intoxications: 91 562 04 20
Ambulances: 91 473 93 61


Lost or Stolen Credit Cards

- Visa: 901 10 10 11
- MasterCard (Eurocard): 91 519 21 00
- American Express: 91 572 03 03
- Diner's Club Card: 902 40 11 12

- See more ...

Tomillo selected some important rights and duties on the workplace.

Take a look when planning to go on a workexchange in Madrid or Spain.


Madrid Tourist Police

Madrid central police station has a multi-lingual service catering specifically to

the needs of visitors and non-Spanish speakers. Services include:

  • help reporting a crime or filing a complaint

  • psychological support to victims

  • assistance cancelling credit cards and official documents

  • contact with embassies and consulates

  • communication with or help tracing family members

  • assistance locating lost items

  • tourist information

Languages spoken are English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Arabic spoken.

  • Servicio de Atencion al Turista Extranjero (SATE)At: C/ Leganitos 19, 28004 MadridOpen: 09:00-22:00Tel (24 hour support in English): 902 101 112Tel (office): 915 488 537 / 915 488 008


Emergency Telephone Numbers

- Emergency services in Madrid: 112
- Madrid City Council Information : 010
- Community of Madrid Information: 012
- 24 hour Chemist: 098


- Madrid and Móstoles: 080
- Community of Madrid: 085


- National: 091
- Municipal: 092
- Guardia Civil: 062

Report an Incident/nearest police station

91 713 14 40
91 713 14 43
c/ Príncipe de Asturias, 8   -  Metro: Manuel Becerra


Living and working conditions in Spain can differ from job-sector and age.

Allthough all Eu-citizens are free to travel, live and work in other Eu-countries,

can be different for different people. It's good to check the conditions before you go: find out here!


When leaving for a workexchange, things should be a lot easier. But still, it's good to check and avoid some surprises you don't like... For example early hours, nightwork, weekendwork, ...


Tomillo selected some very important rights and duties on the workplace. Take a look when planning to go on a workexchange in Madrid or Spain.


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