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Catalan spoken more often

The use of Catalan is growing in areas of Catalonia where it was previously used the least. It is also being used more in shops, bars, restaurants and in commerce, even among people who do not speak C...
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Marriages at a 50-year low

The number of marriages taking place in the Catalonia region has fallen to the lowest level in 56 years, according to recent figures released by authorities. In 2009, 27,500 marriages took place, a ye...
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Barcelona via sms

Barcelona city council is to increase the services on offer to residents via SMS. Residents will, from October, be able to receive reminders of appointments at the tax office
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Water restrictions lifted in Barcelona.

Barcelona residents can once again water their gardens and fill their swimming pools as of 19 May thanks to the recent rainfall, which has brought the level of reservoirs up to 29 per cent of capacity...
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Sant Antoni market renovation.

The historic Mercat de Sant Antoni in Eixample is to get a
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Consultation on Las Ramblas.

Citizens of the Catalan capital are to be consulted on the future of Las Ramblas in a project set up by the Barcelona city council and a group of private organizations in response to the gradual erosi...
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Buskers face auditions for Barcelona metro.

Musicians now have to undergo an audition in order to busk in the underground stations of the Barcelona Metro. Applicants are required to perform at least three pieces demonstrating the quality and va...
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School project for former Barcelona textile factory.

The Barcelona town council has formally handed over a former textile factory in Poblenou, once owned by famous Catalan industrialist Joan G
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Vallvidrera market in Barcelona set to close.

The 50-year-old covered Vallvidrera market in the district of Sarri
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Barcelona metro gets cell-phone coverage.

GSM mobile phone coverage is now available at 53 stations and on underground trains in the Barcelona metro. Vodaphone, Orange and Movistar mobile phone operators have signal coverage on Line 1 between...
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Marine zoo platform nears completion.

The five-hectare artificial platform on the Barcelona seafront near the F
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Las Ramblas resurfaced to reduce noise.

Noise-reducing asphalt has been laid on 17,500 sqm of Barcelonas most famous thoroughfare, Las Ramblas, from Plaa de Catalunya to Portal de la Pau. The new surface should reduce traffic noise pollutio...
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Training for the unemployed in Barcelona.

Enrolment is open for Barcelona city councils occupational training courses aimed at getting the unemployed back into the labour market. Over 1,000 places are available in Barcelona Activas 67 courses...
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Historic market to get revamp.

Stallholders at the Gracia districts Mercat de la Llibertat are to move to a new temporary market on the Plaa de Galla Placdia in November and December while the historic market is restored. Renovatio...
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Crche shortfall in Barcelona.

Only 3,459 of the 6,580 families applying to enrol a child in one of Barcelonas crches this year have been successful due to a shortage of places in the city. There are nearly 100 crches currently ope...
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New biotech park inaugurated.

Barcelonas new high tech Parc de Recerca Biomdica (PRBB) on the seafront near Port Olimpic is finally a reality. The opening in mid-May was attended by the mayor of Barcelona, Joan Clos, the minister...
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Council flats raffled.

Barcelona city council has raffled 184 low-cost short-lease apartments to help young people move out of the family home and promote a regular turnover of tenants. Over 11,017 people aged 25-35 applied...
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Face lift for Plaa de les Glries.

The Barcelona city council has announced a major redevelopment project to transform the Plaa de les Glries into a 19-hectare park. The central lanes of the Gran Via, which currently rings the Plaa, ar...
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New rent rules in Cuidad Vella.

Apartment owners renting out their property in the Cuidad Vella on a nightly basis are now required to obtain a licence under new rules aimed at reducing overcrowding in the old town. The council has...

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