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This country note from Going for Growth 2015 for Spain identifies and assesses progress made on key reforms to boost long-term growth, improve competitiveness and productivity and create jobs.
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The tax burden in Spain increased by 0.5 percentage points from 32.1% to 32.6% in 2013. The OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The Spanish standard VAT rate is 21%, which is above the OECD average. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.
The inflow of foreigners to Spain stood at 336 100 persons in 2012, a substantial decline compared to the previous year (416 300 persons).
Country notes outlining regional variations in health, jobs, safety, environment, access to services, civic engagement, housing, education, income, and employment. These notes are from the OECD publication "How's Life in Your Region?".
Getting regions and cities 'right', adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work, is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. View the country factsheets from the publication OECD Regional Outlook 2014.
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Health policies in Spain have responded to some variations in health care, but more effort needed as wide variations persist.
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In 2012, 45% of the country’s 25-64 year-olds had below upper secondary education (i.e. had attained at most Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) as their highest level of attainment
Country notes with main key findings of the book and key fact tables: a customised snapshot of a country's educational environment, highlighting the most important issues in the educational landscape.
Structural reforms (labour market, banking, fiscal) have put the economy on the road to recovery.
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The number of jobless people in Spain declined significantly in the second quarter of 2014 as strong job creation led to a significant decrease in the country's high unemployment rate. The rate, one of the highest in the OECD, fell to 24.5% from 25.3% in the first quarter. The unemployment rate is still 15.7 percentage points higher than before the crisis and there are still 3.6 million more unemployed.