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ALHABIA: Small but the town hall owes 2,698 € for each inhabitant Photo credit: Almeriapedia

At the end of 2020, the 103 town halls and town halls of the province of Almeria owed the banks 359.7 million euros.

Figures from Hacienda, Spain’s finance ministry, reveal that El Ejido is the most indebted municipality in Almeria and owes 150 million euros, or 1,800 euros for each of its 84,710 inhabitants.

But the town hall of Alhabia, which owes 1.8 million euros, is less well off, with 2,698 euros per inhabitant.

Macael’s € 14 million debt translates to € 2,460 per capita, while Turre’s € 8.9 million is an intimidating amount of € 2,355 for every man, woman and child who lives there.


Linda came to Spain to live at the age of 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She started writing for local English-language newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she deems vital for conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way, she has produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English speakers expand their knowledge of the language. She was delighted to be part of the birth of Euro Weekly News in 1999 and still writes passionately for the newspaper 22 years later.


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