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20N: some handy statistics

Alfredo Rubalcaba, the next leader of Spain's opposition.

Mariano Rajoy, Spain's next prime minister.

Here are some (very) quick facts and figures about the Spanish Election: which takes place today.

Main parties
Percentage of vote PP (Partido Popular, Conservatives) are expected to win: 45%
Seats expected to win: 190-195
Percentage of vote PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español, Socialists) are expected to win: 30%
Seats expected to win: 116-121
Date expected for handover of power (PSOE to PP): 13 December

Total number of voters
35.7 million

Unemployment in Spain
Total unemployment: 21.5% (five million)
Youth unemployment in Spain: 45%
Number of people out of work: 1 in 4
Number of households with all members out of work: 1 in 10 (1.5 million)
Number of businesses which closed in 2011: 1 in 8

Spanish economy
Foreign debt: 1.9 trillion euros (41,366 euros per person)
Interest paid on long-term bonds (borrowing rates): 6.7% (Italy is paying 7%)
Money owed: to Germany: 131.7 billion euros; to France: 112 billion euros; to the US: 49.6 billion euros; to the UK 74.9 billion euros; to Italy: 22.3 billion euros

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7 thoughts on “20N: some handy statistics

  1. Mad Dog

    The outcome will be interesting – while the current government have been unpopular at home, they’ve certainly looked good to the rest of Europe, for the way in which they’ve handled the recession much better than some other countries.

    I’m glad you posted this, there’s not much info in the English press.

    1. Fiona Flores Watson

      I don’t think anyone here thinks that this government has handled the recession well. So many businesses have closed, entire families out of work, house repossessions at terrifying levels. The Socialists have lost their core voters – normal working people, like my husband, who’s been unemployed for nearly two years.

      Good that you found it useful; I will do a more detailed post tomorrow, about the results, but wanted to get something up quickly this morning before rushing out to take kids to softplay centre – vile weather here.

      1. Mad Dog

        Sadly I think you are in for more of the same, as is the whole of Europe. However, I think that things in Spain will get better quicker than countries like Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal, because the Socialists dealt with the debts promptly.

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  3. Leo Viëtor

    Yes, thank you. This is shedding some light on what’s going on in Spain. I have learned never to trust one source of information on a topic. Apart from that it is a fun way to learn the spanish political words. Best from the Netherlands.

    1. Fiona Flores Watson

      Thanks for your comment, Leo. I’m no political expert, but these are “interesting” times in which to be blogging, and they are going to get more “interesting”, though not neccessarily in a good way, if you know what I mean! Keep reading the blog, I will let you know what’s happening here.

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