Excellent public services and sustainable development initiatives in Galicia


Galicia is a pioneer in Spain in renewable energy

Public services are some of the main strengths that Galicia offers while yoe are living in the region, as the Galician province has always been characterized by stay above standards throughout Spain.

Its health system is the best in the country, with public hospitals are always equipped, hygienic, and staff first for attention. This makes the cost of private medicine are cheaper than in the rest of Spain to compete with the public system, that is one of the advantages of acquire a property in Galicia.

Among the benefits of the region, it has equally sufficient means of communication and transportation with the rest of the country and the continent, since it has three airports, which offer daily flights to European capitals, from where you can take international flights to any airport in America . If you want to move to any city in Spain you can perform through roads and highways, and of course, has a major port through which you can reach other important as Portsmouth, and others within the continent.

 Similarly, Galicia has pioneered the development of green technologies in Spain, as they are also being carried out aimed at increasing power generation by renewable methods through the installation of wind power plants, solar panels to produce energy thermoelectric and wave energy, which is generated by the movement of the waves.

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Know the public services in Galician region

  • Health

The public health service in Galicia, is coordinated by the Department of Sanidade which is the authority in health and belonging to the Galician government or Xunta de Galicia. In the province they have a total of hospitals or hospital foundations, more than 490 primary care centers, ie, outpatient and medical modules, and more than 111 hospital emergency units. Since 2009 the Innovation Platform plan health, which, through technology, you can control the entire health system so on- line, so you can see your records, make appointments, view implanted all the supply of doctors and services that exist in the area, etc. With that seeks to establish a more efficient continuum of care and patient safety.

Therefore, the health service in Galicia continues to stand out on the rest of Spain, as it focuses on providing the best quality to all patients with first-world services.

As for the Europeans who require services in Galicia, if they have paid regularly in the system of social security in their country of the EU over the past 5 years should be entitled to health care in Spain paid by the country whose system it has made contributions to the European union.

For this right it is necessary to apply for an S1 (a standard way across the EU) form. If you are below retirement age then it is probably valid only for a certain period its S1, but if you are of retirement age, then normally be eligible for a S1 which provides full access to the health system Spanish for the rest of his life paid their country of origin plus eligibility for a TSE (European health Insurance Card, which allows emergency access to any health system EU) issued by their country of origin.

  • Education

In Galicia, as in the rest of Spain, education is a right and a duty of all children, regardless of their origin. Schooling is compulsory until age 16, and this is the minimum age to work. From this moment, every pupil and student can choose to continue studying or join the workforce, provided it meets the other administrative requirements. Compulsory education is free in public schools. In subsidized private education it is free only to have concluded with the Ministry of Education and University Planning.

Galicia also has three major universities to Spain, the University of Santiago de Compostela, Vigo University, and the University of La Coruna.

  • Transport

  • Airports

Galicia has three international airports: Santiago, A Coruña airport and Vigo airport, near some of the main tourist destinations in Galicia. Just 10 kilometers from Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the province, the Santiago airport is located with flights operated by Air Europa, Air-Berlin, Iberia, Ryanair, Spanair and Vueling, this is the largest and most important of the Galician coast, because it has a traffic of tourists reaching the 2.5 million people who pass through this, in addition to flights with connecting with other cities in Spain and Europe during the summer it has direct flights to Buenos Aires and Caracas, where there are lots of Galician citizens.

The airport of La Coruna is located 8 kilometers from the city of A Coruna and offers Portugalia, Easyjet, Iberia and Spanair, this serves the most populated city in the region and the transit around 1 million tourists a year it is of great importance as this has direct flights to London, where they come from 18% of foreign owners who own property in Galicia.

 Meanwhile, Vigo airport is 9 kilometers from the city of Vigo, where Air France, Air Europa, Iberia and Spanair operate, has equally with high traffic of tourists exceeds 600 thousand people a year, has connections London and Paris, for ease of European tourists.

These three airports, it should be noted, that has daily direct flights to Madrid and Barcelona, ​​as well as with other major cities in Spain, therefore, regardless of where they come from, you can reach Galicia with just one more transfer from any of these cities to one of the three airports located in the region.

  • Roads and Highways

Galicia has excellent road service for those who choose to make their way between cities to visit a real car. The province has a set of highways and roads connecting major cities and then other networks that end up connecting with cities and smaller towns of Galicia. The A-6 motorway linking Madrid with the cities of Lugo and A Coruña are 500 km and 592 km respectively. The A-52 joins Vigo, Ourense and Benavente. To reach the capital, has the AP-9, which then connects with the N-550 to pass through Pontevedra and finally Santiago de Compostela.

The airports of Santiago de Compostela and Corunna both have buses leaving (approximately every hour) to the main bus station in their respective city. From there you can catch local buses that service different parts of the city, or a special bus called Castromil.

  • Trains- Railways

Many people decide to end your trip by plane in Madrid and continue by train to the major cities of Galicia, as it has daily services departing from the capital and it takes 6 to 8 hours to reach the destination. Galicia rail network, currently has 1100 km of roads and connects the main cities of the province like Santiago, A Coruña, Vigo, Lugo, Ourense, among others.

For the next 5 years plans to conclude with lines for high-speed train (TGV), as well as ending the Atlantic axis that is already running between A Coruña and Vigo, and his term, also communicate with Portugal.

Galicia and its sustainable development through renewable energy

Galicia is of great importance in power generation for Spain and pioneer in the development of renewable energy especially wind, biomass, hydro, and thermal energy. Energy activity in Galicia generates about 9% of total consumption in Spain, which are generated mainly by solid fuel sources.

  • Wind energy

Wind power, alternative energy is the best projections in Galicia, since much of the plans in the region are being developed. The region ranks third in Spain and has a total of 158 wind farms installed which generate 3,300 MW power representing 14.4% of wind power generated in the country. These parks are located in northern and Lugo Terra Cha, Costa da Morte, Deza, the limits of Pontevedra and Ourense with southern Ourense.

Due to the economic crisis that occurred in 2008, many of the projects related to renewable energy should be suspended or canceled, as these have the particularity that their recovery time is longer compared to power generation from fossil fuels for example. However, all the trends that eventually lead to alternative energy will be the most used and therefore, these projects remain pending until a considerable improvement is achieved in the country.

One of these projects in the future, and it looks pretty ambitious is the implementation of wind farms offshore, this by building similar to tankers to be installed at sea platforms, which would increase the energy potential of Galicia of great way.

  •  Biomass

Biomass is one of the great opportunities that has Galicia in terms of renewable energy, as this is the energy generated from waste from the timber industry, where the Galician occupy the first position in Spain, with about 1 million tons per year in waste that is 17% of the total in the country. From biomass can produce biogas and biofuels.

The total generation of biomass energy in Galicia is currently hovering around 93 MW, but with all the potentialities of the region, is expected to continue growing. The plants intended for the production of energy by this method are located in Pontevedra, A Coruña and Ourense.

  • Hydraulic

This represents the energy generated from the flow of water produced by the riverbeds, which pass through a central and convert hydraulic energy into electrical energy. In Galicia, there is only small hydro, which are plants whose generation is less than 10 MW.

In Galicia generated 482 MW of different mini-centers that exist and that are spread throughout the province.

  • Thermal

This type of energy different ways that you can generate emerge, either solar heating, solar photovoltaic or geothermal, the first being the most widely applied in Galicia, which is achieved through solar panels, which accumulate energy received from the sun and then is intended primarily for heating, water heating, and kitchens.

Although Galicia has possibilities places where the installation of panels for generation of this energy, has not yet crowded. However, there are plans that include increasing the surface of solar panels. Currently they produced around 5 MWp.


Galicia offers services for residents and tourists are top quality and are designed to meet the needs of all people in Spain and abroad in terms of health, education and transport. Also in the region, it is growing in terms of renewable energy with ambitious plans that ensure the development of Galicia, even counting the diversity noted in both its landscapes and its economy which varies from the coast to the countryside. Galicia is associated with rural landscapes of permanent greenery that attracts the attention of visitors, along with its beaches ever earn more visitors. Therefore the potential of the region are quite large and practically a guarantee of future success.

Written by: CAPD

Words: 2036

Contribution to the reader: Know the services provided by the Galician government to its people and foreigners, in addition to reviewing the opportunities for renewable energy generation that occur throughout the region.

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