THE Olive Press has been named the best expat newspaper in Spain and the second most populartesca in the world.

The accolade follows a poll of tens of thousands of expats from more than 90 different countries.

The Expat Survey Consumer Awards asked 27,000 expatriates worldwide to vote for their favourite blog, magazine, newspaper, website and radio station.

“It’s brilliant news, it’s great to have the recognition after working so hard,” Publisher and Editor of the Olive Press Jon Clarke said, “It’s pretty amazing considering how young the paper is as we will be celebrating just our tenth anniversary this year. The whole team deserves a pat on the back.”

The Olive Press came second to France’s Connexion, while third went to Round Town News, which has been operating on Spain’s Costa Blanca for more than 30 years.

The Olive Press, which began printing in 2006, is best known for its investigative work in the Andalucia region of southern Spain, and last September set up an additional paper to cover the British territory of Gibraltar.

Publishing consultant for the paper Clive Jacques said: “This is a brilliant good news story for us. At times the paper is accused of mainly highlighting bad news, but it is good for the readers and advertisers to know the Olive Press is officially the second most popular in the world, and the number one expat paper in Spain. ”

The awards are described as an opportunity for expatriates to nominate and commend the work of media owners and service providers that ‘add value to their lives’.

The award for best blog went to, best newsletter to The Telegraph, best magazine to the Economist, best radio station to Talksport and best news website to

See the full list of winners here:

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  1. The tragedy for me and I suspect for many others is, had the Olive Press been in existence BEFORE we thought about moving to Spain – we would’nt have done. We would have come on an extended recce to check out the far too numerous horror stories and ditched the idea.

    The OP does’nt deliberately focus on bad news – it focusses on the news. It does’nt get caught up in political crap of any direction, another reason to applaud it.

    I’m sure that the OP wishes as do all of us that Spain was different. If it was I’m sure I would have had many happy clients having bought alt. energy houses that I would have built – esta la vida.

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