Welcome to Spain. Located on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain has a rich history and diverse culture. After exiting the financial crisis in 2014/104, Spain has grown over three percent in the last three years and is predicted to grow at a robust, but more moderate page in 2018 and 2019.
Spain is competitive cost-wise compared with other European countries, and is an easy place to set up and conduct business. What’s more, it’s home to a range of business opportunities from food and beverage to yachts and timber.
If you’d like to find out more about this market, download our Spain market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 28th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||28 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||42 of 176|
Getting to SpainFlying from New Zealand to Spain means at least one stopover. Air New Zealand, Emirates and their respective code share partners all offer non-direct flights. Depending on the stopover destination and waiting time, flight time is at least 28 hours.
When to visit
With its Mediterranean climate, Spain is home to hot dry summers and mild rainy winters. It celebrates national and regional holidays, so it’s best to review when Spain’s national holidays are as some businesses may close over these periods. Mid July until the end of August is traditionally the summer holiday period and is generally not ideal for visiting Spanish customers and partners.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Spain.
Spain has a very distinctive culture and there are some important cultural differences to be aware of when visiting the country. For example, Spaniards will be keen to get to know you before settling into business discussions – it’s all about doing business with people you know and trust.
Download our guide on this page for more cultural tips.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Spain
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Spain, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with Spain
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Spain, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Spain page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.