The Norwegian Government is not ruling out the possibility of opening up to 13 care centres in Spain after a survey stated that the majority of OAPs would prefer to spend their retirement in Spain rather than their native Norway. This was just one of a number of important issues which was discussed at the First European Conference (Circulo Europa, Baleares) in Palma last weekend. Per Svensson of the Institute of Foreign Property owners said that on average Norwegians had a pension of two million pesetas, much higher than their other European counterparts. Already a care centre is being built for Norwegian OAPs near Alicante. Plans are afoot for the development of a further 12 centres which would also be open to other nationalities. The care centres would also be open to students making for a more varied and interesting population zone and avoiding a “nationalist ghetto”. Speakers at the conference included Hans von Rotenham, a local lawyer, Joan Bauza Deputy Mayor of Palma, Pere Fullana, of the local government and a representative of the Central Government Delegates office.


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