Doing Business in Spain (Course, Master)

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Syllabus of the Online Subject - Doing Business in Spain. Madrid Barcelona.

  1. Introduction to the Kingdom of Spain (European Union)
  2. Spanish Economy
  3. Doing Business in Madrid and Barcelona
  4. Most important Spanish economic sectors: agri-food, consumer products, industrial products, services, engineering
  5. Spanish Foreign Trade
  6. Trade relations with Latin America
  7. Case Studies:
    1. Amancio Ortega
    2. Spanish fashion
    3. Spanish Olive Oil and Wine Sector
    4. Information and communication technologies in Spain
  8. Set-up a business in Spain
  9. Access to the Spanish market
  10. Business Plan for Spain

The objectives of the Online Subject “Doing Business in the Kingdom of Spain” are the following:

  1. To analyse the strengths of the Spanish Economy and Foreign Trade
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Spanish market
  3. To analyse trade relations of Spain with the student's country
  4. To know Spain Free Trade Agreements (FTA) as a member of the European Union
  5. To understand the importance of the economic relations between Spain and Latin America
  6. To develop a business plan for the Spanish market

Spain: We are History, Culture, Spanish, Technology, Business, Democracy, Education


The eLearning Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Spain” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Doctorates: Business in Europe, Foreign Trade
  2. Masters: Europe, International Business, Foreign Trade

The course materials are available in Master in International Business in English + Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish España Study, Master in International Business in French Espagne Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Espanha

  1. Credits of the Online Subject “Doing Business in Spain”: 2 ECTS
  2. Duration: two weeks

René De Haro Vioque, Spain (Professor, EENI & HA University)

EENI Business School & HA University Spanish professors: Margarita Carrillo, Susana Fernández, Josep Bertrán, Gustavo Baell, Julio Fuster, Guillermo Pie, René De Haro Vioque

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Description of the Online Subject: Doing Business in Spain.

The Kingdom of Spain (Europe)

  1. Spanish Population: 46 million people
  2. Area: 505,370 square kilometres
  3. Spanish Capital: Madrid
  4. Spain has significant relations (economic, cultural, political) with Latin America and North Africa
  5. Spain is a bridge between different cultures; it is the natural bridge between the European Union, Latin countries and the United States (almost 40 million Latinos) as well as between the West and Muslim Countries (Islam occupied Spain during seven centuries). All this makes Spain a multicultural country open to other cultures
  6. Type of government: Parliamentary Monarchy
    1. Autonomous Communities
    2. Territorial tensions in Catalonia and the Basque Country
  7. Languages: Spanish, Catalan, Basque and Galician
  8. Borders: Portugal, Andorra, France and Morocco
  9. Abolition of Slavery in Spain: 1866

Religion in Spain: Catholicism (Christianity)

Spain belongs to Western Christian Civilisation (European Economic Area)

Spanish Economy

  1. Spain is the twelfth world economy and the fifth economy of the European Union
  2. Spanish GDP (nominal): 1,113,851 million EUR
  3. GDP per capita: 23,161 Euros
  4. The structure of the economy of the Kingdom of Spain (46 million people) is that of a developed market, services sector contributes to the gross domestic product (66%), followed by industry (11.5%)
  5. 56 million tourists visit the Kingdom of Spain annually
  6. Spain is the world's leading olive oil producer
  7. The Spanish fashion is recognised worldwide for its quality and creativity
  8. The main Spanish products are electronics, foods and beverages, machinery, cars, shipbuilding industry, manufactured metal, pharmaceutical products, chemical products, clothes, textile and ready-to-wear garments, footwear
  9. Decentralised EU Agencies in Spain: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA): Bilbao

Spanish Foreign Trade

  1. Spain is the 17th exporter and twelfth world goods importer, in foreign trade in services is the seventh exporter and tenth importer in the world
  2. 73% of Spanish exports go to the countries of the European Union. France is the main Spanish export market (16% of exports)
  3. The significant exports and imports growth of Spain has made it one of the most internationalised countries in the world
  4. Spain is one of the largest cars exporter
  5. The main Spanish Exports are vehicles, machinery, electronics devices, foods, chemical and pharmaceutical products, ships...
  6. The main Spanish Imports are fuels, chemical products, semi-processed products, machinery, foods...
  7. As a member of the European Union, Spain is a beneficiary of the EU Free trade agreements with the MERCOSUR, Mexico, Chile, Andean Community, Central America, South Korea, Algeria, India, Gulf Cooperation Council, European Free Trade Association, Ivory Coast, CARIFORUM etc. besides the Customs Union with Turkey

International Economic Relations of Spain

  1. ASEAN-European Union
  2. Asia-Europe Economic Meeting (ASEM)
  3. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (Non-borrowing country)
  4. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  5. World Bank
  6. International Monetary Fund
  7. European Investment Bank (EIB)
  8. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  9. Group of States of the European Council Convention against Corruption (GRECO)
  10. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  11. Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  12. Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
  13. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  14. European Union
  15. ...

Spain is also an observer country in:

  1. Association of Caribbean States (AEC)
  2. Andean Community
  3. Latin American Integration Association (ALADI)
  4. Central American Integration System (SICA)
  5. Council of the Baltic Sea States

Examples of the Subject - Foreign Trade and Business in Spain:

Generalised System of Preferences (GSP, Course)

European Union-Chile Free Trade Agreement (Course)

European Union-Morocco Association Agreement

Latin American Integration Association (Master)

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