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Welcome to 2016 - sorry we cannot report a wonderful start weather-wise to the New Year, because it isn't. But, even though it has hardly stopped raining, this year the temperatures are still in double figures, 16 degrees at 5pm last night in Nadadouro - not bad for January !
Don't forget the Book Exchange at our office in Caldas da Rainha. We will be getting a second bookshelf soon as our book collection is expanding. You will find us on Google Maps. There is a charge of 1 Euro per book, or 50c if you bring one in to swap. All the proceeds will go to Caldas da Rainha Bombeiros.
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This Week's News
Most of the news in Portugal at the moment is regarding the 2106 that the new government have not yet finalised. There are expected to be lots of changes, we already know the minimum wage is increasing and there will be tax changes but the budget is not yet final.
Portugals unemployment levels improved again, slightly, at the end of 2015, and dropped one place in the overall EU tables, now down to 4th highest unemployment in the EU.
The new Prime Minister has been in place in Portugal for just over 40 dyas now and has already started to make changes and undo previous cuts made by the last administration, especially in Education. The new Budget has not yet been finalised but cuts are expected in all minsitries with the exception of Education and Health. Significant changes are the dropping of Year 6 exams and Year 9 English Exams. Portugal Resident
The Algarve Health authority is benefiting from 149 new Young Doctors that are to by appointed this month. This will alleviate the well reported shortages in Algarve Hospitals. Portugal Resident
David Thomas, the founder of Safe Communities Portugal has been honoured in the Queens New Years Honours list by being awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) for "services to crime prevention and awareness within the British and international community in Portugal". Portugal News
Hey Portugal are proud to be working with safe Communities Portugal to expand their reach into our region in 2016.
The Euro saw an excellent day having benefited from the Chinese stock market crashes but also as a result of better unemployment data. The Euro gained over 2 cents against the Pound. EU unemployment has fallen to 10.5% in November down from 10.6% the month prior. The figure is important as it now takes EU unemployment to a four year low. Unemployment in Spain has fallen to 21.4% compared to 23.7% at its low point in 2014 highlighting things are heading in the right direction. At the same time business confidence figures in the EU released yesterday also improved slightly.Please contact
at Foreign Currency Direct for more information and to secure your rate.
The rain should ease of after the weekend and there are possibilities of sunny periods from Monday onwards. The weather will continue to be mild, courtesy of the cloud cover. Friday looks to be the warmest day next week but that also brings with it a few more showers. From Sunday lunchtime through to Monday Morning there is a coastal weather warning for high seas. Remember that Met Office weather alerts and reports are posted on our facebook page.
Last chance for you to go to the Penela Christmas Fair - it finishes tomorrow and features the largest Presepio (animated Christmas Scene) in Portugal. On Sunday are the Vila Facia and Insua Car Boot Sales and the Anglican Evening Worship in Caldas da Rainha. Next week you can go out with the Silver Coast Walkers or meet with the Silver Coast Friends for Coffee. Mamma Mia stage show starts in Lisbon for 2 weeks and in a couple of weeks, Bryan Adams takes the stage at the Meo Arena. Don't forget all Municipal Holidays are listed in Hey Portugal Calendar as well as more detailed information about these events and more things to do.
Hey Portugal Property is our Real Estate Agency and is based in Caldas da Rainha, near E'Lecerc. We can sell or find you a house and offer a personalised service that goes the extra mile. Like our facebook page to find out more.
Do you have a ruin or renovation for sale - many of our buyers are looking for a property they can put their own stamp on. If you are thinking of selling, we advertise on International Sites as well as through our website and social media.
If you are looking for a big house for a small price, then this could be your opportunity. Located near the walled town of Obidos, this property is partially finished but does have in all the tiling, windows doors and bathroom and kitchen basics. The property is a bank repossession and have a covered living area of 186m and it is situated in a plot of 815m very close to the town. Large balconies give views over the surrounding countryside. You only need a small amount of work to finish this to make a fabulous house at a very competitive price. This property will not be around for long as it is so close to amenities, the beach, Caldas da Rainha and less than an hour from the motorway. Check it out.