Spain: Business Guide

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Country Descriptions & Profiles

Note: Includes country profiles from several sources: Business Monitor International, Countrywatch Inc., Datamonitor, EIU, Global Insight, Going Global, Icon Group, OECD, and PRS Group. Select Country Reports from Publications column on the right. Highlights include:

Background Notes on Countries of the World: Spain

Published by the U.S. government, includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations and travel/business information.

Spain Country Monitor

Presents Analyses, Statistics, and Forecasts on the Economy. Includes information on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Real GDP, Consumer Prices, Foreign Trade, Official Exchange Rate, etc. Also provides Import and Export Statistics as well as the names of important government officials.

Spain Country Profile

Provides quick access to country data points, trends and analysis.

Spain Country Review

Published annually by CountryWatch, provides demographic, economic, business, and environmental data.

Spain Economic Competitiveness

Published by the Icon Group using vertical analysis or common-sized statements, provides estimates of the financial performance and labor productivity of countries compared to global benchmarks. Financial analysis includes asset, liability and income structure, ratios, profitability ratios and key percentile rankings. Labor productivity analysis includes asset-labor, liability-labor, and income-labor ratios.

Political Risk Yearbook: SpainCountry Forecast

published annually by PRS Group and includes the Political Risk Service rating system which assesses different political scenarios within a country, 18-month and five year forecasts based on a variety of political scenarios, the country’s political framework, key political player as well as economic conditions, investment, taxation and environmental trends, foreign relations, defense forces and the country’s history and geography.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development provides statistics and report on its 30 country members in addition to various reports, statistics and working papers covering macroeconomics, trade, education, development and science and innovation with approx 70 countries it has relationships with. Content vary country by country.

 

Spain: A Country Study

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/estoc.html

“The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.”

Finance, Trade & Commerce

BuyUSA.gov U.S. Commercial Services: Spain

http://www.buyusa.gov/spain/en/

From the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) Provides information to U.S. businesses exporting goods and services, including trade agreements, market research, trade event lists, industry specific information.

Doing Business. Benchmarking Business Regulations.

http://www.doingbusiness.org/

Produced by the World Bank, this database provides information on business regulations and their enforcement in many countries. Countries are ranked according to ease of doing business. The Doing Business Indicators are comparable across 175 economies. These indicators include starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and others.

FITA: Spain Country Profile

http://fita.org/countries/spain.html

FITA, The Federation of International Trade Associations, website includes general information as well as information on market access, economic indicators, taxes, labor market, agriculture, media, and more.

Global Edge: Spain

http://globaledge.msu.edu/countries/Spain

Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University (MSU-CIBER), globalEDGE contains country specific news, statistics, history, economics, and government data.

Index of Economic Freedom: Spain

http://www.heritage.org/Index/Country/spain

A Web resource evaluating the following areas: trade policy, fiscal burden of government, government intervention in the economy, monetary policy, capital flows and foreign investment, banking and finance, wages and prices, property rights, regulation, and black market.

News & Journals

Note: Press Display provides online access to over 400 titles of today’s newspapers from around the world in full-color and full-page format. To get a list of newspapers by country select the country from the sidebar.

Statistics & Government Resources

Banco de Espana

http://www.bde.es/homee.htm

The English version of the official Web site of the Banco de Espana (central bank). Includes the following links: highlights, newsflashes, main statistics, and selected publications. Also includes information about the bank, job and research opportunities, services to the general public and more. Links to the Spanish version.

National Institute of Statistics

http://www.ine.es/welcoing.htm

Important social, economic and cultural statistics, with links to other important sites.