Glossary

SPANISH
Agencia tributaria
Tax office

AJD
Stamp duty

Ambulatorios
State-operated medical centres

Baccalaureate diploma
Internationally recognized diploma taught in Spanish and some International (International Baccalaureate) schools and in most of Europe – equivalent to A levels.

Bancos
Commercial banks

Basura
Charge for rubbish disposal

Bombonas
Bottled gas delivered by Repsol Butano

Café
Coffee

Café con leche
Coffee with milk

Cajas
Savings banks like UK building societies, can also mean box and cashier

Calamares
Squid

Cartilla de seguridad social
Social security card

Casera/o
Look out for this on menus – it means home made

Cercanía
Local commuter trains

Cerveza
Beer

Chiringuito
Beach bar

Comisaría de policía
National police station

Contrato privado de compraventa
Private purchase contract -you’d exchange these with the vendor on the purchase of a resale property

Condiciones resolutorias
Clauses in a private contract that allow you to pull out of a purchase without losing your deposit.

Correo
Post

Correos
Post Office

Cortijo
Andalucian farmhouse

Cuenta de imposición a plazo
Fixed deposit account

Cuenta corriente
Current account

Denuncia
A report you’d make to the police about an incident. A police report.

Educación general básica or EGB
Basic education programme taught in Spanish schools from 6 to 14 years old.

Empresa Individual
A sole trader

Escritura de compraventa
Title Deeds

Estaciόn de autobús
Bus station

Estanco
Tobacconists

Farmacia
Pharmacy

Farmacia de guardia
24-hour pharmacy

Ficha Tecnica
Card showing the technical details of a car – a requirement for all Spanish registered cars

Finca
An old farmhouse in the countryside – a country property

Gazpacho
A traditional Andalucian chilled soup

Gestor
A business agent. Someone who makes a living out of dealing with bureaucracy and paperwork for you

Guardia Civil
National police wearing green uniforms. They deal with roads, countryside, villages, prisons, borders and the environment.

Hacienda
Spain’s Ministry of Finance

Hecho/a en casa
Look out for this on menus – it means home made

IBI (Impuestos sobre bienes immuebles)
Spanish property tax, like UK council tax

IAE (Impuesto sobre actividades económicas)
Business tax

Impuesto sobre el patrimonio
Wealth tax

IVA (Impuesto sobre el valor añadido)
Value added tax or VAT

Impuesto sobre incremento de patrimonio de la venta de un bien immueble
Capital gains tax

IRPF (Impuesto sobre la renta de las personas fisicas)
Income tax

Impuesto sobre sociedades
Company or corporation tax

Impuesto sobre sucesiones y donaciones
Inheritance and gift tax

Impuestos Vehiculos
Road tax certificate

INSALUD
Spanish state healthcare, the equivalent to our NHS.

Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS)
Spain’s Social Security office

ITV (Inspecciόn Técnica de Vehiculos)
The Spanish MOT

Libreta de ahorro
Savings book account

Licencia de apertura
Opening license for any business

Ministerio de Education
Spanish Ministry of Education

NIE (Número de identificaciόn de extranjero)
Foreigner’s identification number for tax and financial matters

Notaría
Notary Public.In Spain, a sale is formally completed when the public title deeds of purchase are signed before a notary, basically a local government official.

Oficina Gubernativa de Extranjeros
National foreigner’s Office

Oiga, por favor
Attention, please – use this expression to summon the waiter

Paella
Famous Spanish seafood and rice dish

Permiso de Circulaciόn
Vehicle’s driving permit

Pescadito frito
Typical deep fried fish

P.E.T.S
Pet Travel Scheme

Policía Local
Type of police who wear blue and white uniforms and deal with parking, traffic and local
by-laws.

Policía Nacional
Type of police who wear blue uniforms or plain clothes and deal with crime in cities and major towns. They also deal with administration such as passports, ID cards and residence cards.

Plusvalía
Property tax that’s normally paid by the seller on completion but is occasionally passed on to the purchaser.

Property tax
Like the UK council tax, charged by the town hall to pay for local services

Rastro
Car boot market

Registro de Propiedad
Land Registry

Residencia
Residency – which means you’ve become a Spanish resident

Rioja
Spanish wine from the Rioja region

Selectividad
Entrance exam for Spanish universities

Sociedad Civil
A partnership where several individuals form a business

Sociedad Limitada
A limited company

SUR in English
English language newspaper for the south of Spain – a good place to look for jobs

Tapas
Famous Spanish savoury snacks, usually served in bars with a glass of wine or beer

Tarifa plana
Flat rate Internet connection

Tarjeta de seguridad social
Social security card


Tea

Tráfico
Spain’s national traffic department

Trenes de Largo recorrido
Long distance express trains

Trenes Regionales
Intercity trains

Ventas
Traditional Spanish eateries in the more rural or mountainous areas of Andalucía

Vino
Wine