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Old 4th February 2017, 17:40   #1 (permalink)
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General comparisons Turkey/Spain

Been asked by a few to put something together on this but please bear in mind-these are GENERAL comparisons ( so let's not have any knobhead trawling the net to find minor differences)

Also general views and opinions are solely based on my own experiences//knowledge and are of course entirely subjective.


ACCESS

I would suggest that flight access from U.K./Ireland is considerably cheaper and definitely more frequent. We have cheap flights all year round

CAR HIRE

Mixed bag this one. I was normally paying around 20 a day in Turkey year round. My experience in Spain is off season you only pay a fraction of that but peak times its telephone figures


ELECTRICITY

Definitely cheaper in Turkey not just normal useage but in Spain there's an outrageous standing charge( around €18 ) even if you use no electric at all !!

WATER

Again a mixed bag but overall Turkeys definitely cheaper. In some specific very dry areas of Spain ( Murcia desert areas etc) your water bill could top €80 a month on average useage. Other areas like our own it's a lot less but still higher than Turkey

COUNCIL TAX

Difficult one this as Spain is not only a virtual federal system with most power inc many tax issues operated outside of Madrid but also the regions can vary wildly in the tax rates they apply. In our own region I would say our council tax type levies are similar to Turkey

TRANSPORT/INFRASTRUCTURE

In the region we are in this is a major plus for Spain with one of Europes best road networks as well as affordable train travel the length of the country. There are many toll motorways-the one we use goes for around 900 km and as it's a pay road running parallel to an ordinary road its regularly very clear. We find the transport system in general very superior to the basic roads we had in Fethiye area and certainly in our new place we have way more places to see/visit

MEDICAL CARE

Like Turkey Spain too has an excellent modern health system. Basically if you are visiting ( British/Irish) you are covered with your S1card. If you move here and are a pensioner or partner of a pensioner your full healthcare is free. If you are not a pensioner you must use either priv health or after 1 year you can join the state system by contribution. Priv healthcare for us will be around €110 a month for both

RESIDENCY

For EU citizens residency is guaranteed. There are some formalities which are technically required but forget the strict Turkish set up- nothing like that and basically if EU national you cannot be asked to leave

I will do some more later
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Re: General comparisons Turkey/Spain

Some things have not changed so much from all them years ago we paid 80/90 water .electric 80/90 euros.
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Yes electricity is ridiculously expensive
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Re: General comparisons Turkey/Spain

Further info in link below, city can be changed, can also change to s.

https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Valencia
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Re: General comparisons Turkey/Spain

Often looked at these for various countries and never find them anywhere near to what I find on the ground
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Re: General comparisons Turkey/Spain

Less likely to be in pokey in Spain.
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Re: General comparisons Turkey/Spain

GROCERIES

I would suggest general groceries are the same/slightly lower than Turkey. As well as Spanish equivalents of Turkeys Sok/BIM cheapo stores Spain definitely has a wider range of supermarkets including ones familiar to both Turkey and UK.

Handy to us we have Carrefour, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland etc

EATING/DRINKING OUT

I reckon taking quality as well as price into account Spain is considerably ahead. It is both subjective and difficult to measure as obviously there will be both urban/ rural differences as well as extablishment type but overall I would consider Spain better in quality and value.

Alcohol is considerably cheaper, much more varied and more widely available . Beer/ wine is drastically cheaper in pubs and supermarkets


CARS/PETROL

Petrol is cheaper than Turkey but new car prices whilst cheaper than Turkey are higher than UK. Because of this just like Turkey used car prices are high. For new car purchase local make SEAT is quite competitive.

CLOTHING /FASHION

Spanish people do like to be trendy and just like Turkey the more urban the more fashion. Women's fashion stores are everywhere and I am told generally more expensive than both UK/ Ireland and Turkey. Day to day clothes , market buys etc would be similar to Turkey
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Re: General comparisons Turkey/Spain

Quality will be an interesting comparison, wine in Turkey and vegetables in the UK for example.
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I have never drank wine but am most certainly assured that great quality wines abound and are extremely competitively priced. Fruit and veg is excellent-as you may have seen on news this week some 80% of certain UK veg comes from Spain. The quality of produce is very high as Spanish are definitely foodies and very competitive about their local /regional dishes
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In Spanish supermarkets wine and spirits are so much cheaper than in the U.K. Just shows how we are ripped off. Remember when we were told that duty on alcohol would level out across the E.U. Never happend/never will ! Duty free shops in the airports are a rip off too. I think wine in Turkey is quite pricey !
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