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Politics in Spain is colourful. A chequered past saw the death of Franco in 1975. A reintroduction of democracy and the monarchy of Juan Carlos resulted. The first elections for forty years were held in 1977. A further milestone  was  joining the European Economic Community, the former EU.

General, community and local elections are held regularly. These often see swings from left to right. New anti-austerity and liberal parties came to the fore in 2015. European elections are also held every four years.


European and local elections are two powerful opportunities to influence the path of politics in Valencia. Today’s themes such as quality of everyday life and climate change affect individual livelihoods and future generations.

A possibility to vote is presented for many expats in Valencia during May 2019. This is an opportunity to hear the mayor’s opinion on a range of topics.


Certain non Spanish citizens of the EU residing in Spain are permitted to vote in both municipal and European Parliament elections in Valencia.

Expats wishing to vote need to be registered in the so-called electoral census. Previous registration in the Municipal Register and expressing the intention to exercise their right to vote in Spain are also necessary.

A brief history of Valencia

A story with repeated periods of flourish and decline intersperses the history of Valencia. Roman soldiers were prevalent in Europe for several centuries before and after the birth of Christ. Just over a hundred years BC they settled in the area of today’s old city.