Barcelona, with more than 2000 years of history, has always been a mixed, welcoming, tolerant and open city. Open to the sea, open to trade and commerce, as well as other people and cultures.
With a long industrial and commercial tradition, the Barcelona area is one of the most powerful economic engines in Europe, with a strong presence of foreign companies that invest here thanks to a diversified economy with many competitive assets. The city is also one of the most dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystems, especially in new technologies and life sciences. It is ranked among the top 5 start-up cities in Europe and is a hub for innovation and culture. An outstanding academic system generates and attracts talent and many delegates visit our city to attend congresses, conventions and fairs.
All of the business, cultural and leisure opportunities combined with the local lifestyle make Barcelona a great place to live. And that explains why Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with a large and active international community.
If you are reading this, you may be considering moving to Barcelona. Here you will find the friendliness and warmth of the Mediterranean character that encourages visitors to come and get to know us, a pleasant climate all year round, as well as an enviable quality of life with unique and distinguished neighbourhoods, and cohesive communities that will make you feel at home.
Whether you are still thinking about moving to our city, are in the process of doing so or have just arrived, this guide will help you settle in and make the most of your first experiences here. It includes everything you need to know before coming to Barcelona and upon your arrival, to make moving in and your everyday life easy.
The aim is for you to become a new Barcelonian, proud of your adopted city and ready to enjoy all that this beautiful and vibrant place has to offer.
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