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Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, has more than 1,600,000 inhabitants and it is in the heart of a metropolitan area with almost 5,000,000 inhabitants.

Barcelona is a unique city where art, culture, cuisine, climate, architecture and the Mediterranean Sea welcome visitors. Therefore Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe and one of the top meeting and events destinations in the world.

Barcelona is well known for its excellent quality of life and the open-minded character of its people.

Barcelona has been voted Europe’s Top City in terms of quality of life for workers for the fourteenth consecutive year, according to the European Cities Monitor.

A city that, as well as having a pleasant climate with sun and warm temperatures all year round, has a wonderful selection of cultural and commercial options, a modern health care system accessible to everyone, safe and efficient public transport, a Mediterranean lifestyle and an urban environment with its own special character.

The quality of life in the city is also recognized in The Economist´s Intelligence Unit’s report Hot Spots: Global City Competitiveness in which Barcelona was placed fifth and ninth in terms of being a social and cultural capital and in terms of its global appeal respectively, among the 120 most competitive cities in the world.

Proof of the excellent quality of life is that Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world. More than 7.5 million foreign tourists visit Barcelona every year attracted by its lifestyle, the rich artistic heritage of the city and the variety of gastronomic offers, besides being one of the richest cities in the world's cultural heritage. Its cultural worth and its wide range of quality shopping have made ​​Barcelona one of the most visited cities in the world.

The climate in Barcelona is typically Mediterranean. Summers are hot and humid, winters mild, and most of the rainfall is in spring and autumn. The average annual temperature is 18.3 degrees Celsius.

Barcelona has a wide range of public and private hospitals and an interesting housing market. All of which, when combined with the assurance provided by a system of law enforcement that works, make Barcelona an ideal city in which to live and work.

From the pleasant weather to first-rate healthcare system, a lot of factors contribute to the high quality of life that Barcelona offers its residents which is among Europe’s top destinations.