Mijas, situated in the heart of the Western Costa del Sol lies only 30 kilometres from Malaga International Airport. It has a varied landscape that goes from the mountains all the way to the sea.
The Municipality, one of the largest in the Province of Malaga, with 147 km2, is divided into three different urban areas: Mijas Village, conserving the charm of a traditional Andalucian "white village", Las Lagunas on the coast is the most modern area of Mijas where you can find industrial and commercial areas and La Cala; a small seaside village in the centre of the 12 kilometres of beaches on the Mijas coast. Mijas Pueblo with a population of 7500 inhabitants, and placed in the hillside of Mijas's saw, 428 meters above sea level. The resident population of the Mijas Municipality is 55,416 of which 34,197 are Spanish, 9,822 from the U.K., 1,485 from Germany and 1,388 form Denmark.
Over a hundred different nationalities have chosen Mijas as their temporary or permanent residence. Nearly 38% of the Mijas population is foreign, due to all this the Foreigners 490 was founded by the Mijas Town Hall in 1985, being the first department of this nature in Spain.
I have listed below some on the main nationalities who have decided to become residents in the Mijas Municipality.
The main idea of this Department is to help and inform the public. People consult the department on the most varied matters, but they are usually related to their having moved to Spain from another country, the fact that they do not speak the language and are unfamiliar with the system here. The Department can help resolve the problems that arise, and in all cases inform them of the steps to take when their problem is not directly connected with the Town Hall.
The Department is situated inside the Mijas Town Hall in Mijas village. A staff of three work daily in the offices attending the public in six languages: Spanish, English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and German. All the staff understand Spanish as well as the foreign mentality, knowing generally how the bureaucratic systems work in other countries, which in many cases is fundamental to be able to resolve the problems that the foreigners have. At present the Department attends nearly 50,000 persons annually. The majority are British, followed by Germans and Scandinavians, and a minority of French, Dutch, Belgium’s, Finish, North Americans and other nationalities.
If you have a specific problem, require clarification on any matter, or simply seek information regarding a particular procedure within any department in the Town Hall or other governmental department such as the Inland Revenue Tax office, Traffic department, National Police, Andalucian Parliament, Social Security, etc., the staff of the Department will attend to you in your own language and will give you all the general information required.
The Department publishes a bi-monthly newsletter in English called “Mijas News” which contains the most relevant news of the municipality, informing of changes of laws or procedures that might affect the foreigners. There is a cultural agenda and general information about taxes, municipal services, a useful telephone list etc... 3,000 copies are published monthly and sent out to over 800 foreigners, as well as 40 clubs and associations, and the communities of property owners of the over 200 urbanisation’s and meeting points in the municipality.
The Department also publishes, on a regular bases, informative booklets (in English) on subjects that the foreigners lack information on, or find hard or impossible to get in their own language. The Department studies these subjects and publishes a booklet or pamphlet as well as organising an informative conference. Booklets/pamphlets have been published on the following subjects: Property purchase, inheritance tax, wills and donation of bodies to science, death, municipal and national taxes, Spanish social security and health centres, Work and Residence permits, cars in Spain, and pets in Spain. Recently the Department has published aguide in English called "LIVING IN MIJAS", which contains 11 pamphlets on all aspects of coming to live in Mijas from another country.
The foreign population in Mijas is very active and takes part in practically all the cultural and social activities organised by the Town Hall. The Department organises activities to help the foreign population adapt and bring closer to the Spanish culture and way of life. Activities are also organised to exchange and encourage a good cohabitation between the different nationalities that live in Mijas.
SO IF YOU HAVE A QUERY OR ARE WORRIED ABOUT ANY ASPECT OF LIVING IN THE MIJAS MUNICIPALITY, COSTA DEL SOL YOU NOW KNOW WHERE TO GO FOR DIRECT HELP AND ASSISTANCE: