Life in Madrid

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Life in Madrid is exciting and very diverse. As the fourth most populous city in Europe, it is also a popular expat destination. InterNations provides you with plenty of information on living in Madrid, including advice on health and safety, education, and accommodation.

Moving to Madrid

Foreigners in Madrid

Since Madrid is both the capital of Spain and its largest city, the head of government as well as the Spanish royal family are living in Madrid these days. Despite the crisis, it is still a major financial center in southern Europe, a hub for trade and industry, as well as Spain’s center of fashion, music, arts, and culture. With all these accreditations, it is no surprise that Madrid boasts a high standard of living for expats.

  • Interview with an expat about moving to and living in Madrid.
  • An expat interview about finding a job in Madrid.
  • Interview on how to open a bank account in Madrid.

Beware of the heat! Many expatriates find the heat in Madrid to be unbearable during the summer months.

Population in Madrid

People living in Madrid are proud to be part of such a cosmopolitan city. There are 3.3 million people living in Madrid proper while the entire metropolitan population amounts to 6.5 million. Due to the countless number of annual visitors, most people are used to tourists and foreign residents asking for directions or general information about the city. The proud madrileño may even launch into a brief history of their city!

  1. 3.3 million inhabitants in Madrid.
  2. 6.5 million inhabitants in the metropole.

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Cost of living in Madrid

If you are considering living in Madrid but are afraid of the relatively high crime rate that one would expect in such a large city, you need not fret! For most people in Madrid, crime is not a major concern. Of course, as in many larger touristy cities, there are lots of pickpockets in Madrid.

Cost of living in Madrid vs Paris*
Expenses Madrid Paris
Accommodation 400 € 600 €
Food 200 € 250 €
Total 600 € 850 €

*estimation 01/01/2019

About Selectra

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Selectra?

Selectra is a French company specialized in electricity and gas based in Madrid. They empower customers to save money on their energy bills and find solutions to their energy queries.


Where is Selectra located?

The company is located near to the subway station of Diego de Leon in the northeast of Madrid. Depending on when you will get to work, there is a lot of people in the subway in the morning in Madrid, especially in the green line 5!

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