• High Speed Train stucked in Lleida, this morning (by ACN)

    Barcelona-Girona high speed rail line has nine times more travelers than the Barcelona-Tarragona route

    The high speed railway line that connects Girona to Barcelona registered 1.01 million travelers throughout 2016. That is the same volume of passengers that went from Catalonia’s capital city to Tarragona over the last nine years according to statistics provided by Renfe, the Spanish train operator. Barcelona is not only connected to Girona and Tarragona; Avant trains also travel to Lleida. This route has also been a great success in 2016, used by 4.03 million passengers. Altogether 10.7 million people have traveled from the four Catalan provincial capitals since 2008. 2016 was the most successful year with 2.05 million travelers.

Society & Science

Sugary drinks are now taxed in Catalonia (by ACN)

02.05.17 - 18:58

Catalonia follows WHO advice with taxes on sugary drinks

Following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Generalitat has approved a new tax on sugary drinks, “because of the effects these drinks have on people’s health”. “Its principal aim is to encourage a change in consumption...
Mossos d'Esquadra arresting a man over this Tuesday's anti-jihadist operation (by ACN)

25.04.17 - 17:42

Nine arrested in counter-terrorism operation in Catalonia

Early this morning, the Catalan police force (Mossos d’Esquadra) carried out an important anti-jihadist operation in six Catalan municipalities. There were 9 arrests in 12 major raids in Barcelona and the surrounding municipalities of...

Agglomeration at Diagonal Metro station this morning at 7:30  (by Josep Molina)

24.04.17 - 17:34

Barcelona Metro offers minimum service during Monday strike

The Barcelona Metro is on strike today, Monday, which means that service is reduced to a minimum between 7 and 9 am, 4 and 6 pm, and from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. The Barcelona Metro strike began this morning after the negotiation of the collective...
Passengers enjoying's first ride of the 'Red Force', at Ferrari Land (by ACN)

07.04.17 - 08:26

Europe’s unique ‘Ferrari Land’ kicks off at Port Aventura

Ferrari Land, Europe's first theme park in Europe entirely dedicated to the Ferrari, will open its doors this Friday. Located next to Port Aventura, in Vila-Seca, a town in the southern Catalan region of Tarragona,...

The Foreign Affairs Minister of Catalonia, Raül Romeva, during an event for the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War (by Marta Lluvich)

28.04.17 - 21:33

UN critical about Spain’s inactivity on historical memory, sees progress in Catalonia

The upcoming report from the UN Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances reaffirms the lack of progress in Spain when it comes to historical memory, justice, search and identification of Spanish Civil war and Francoist dictatorship victims....
The Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona is one of the pioneer hospitals worldwide in non-invasive surgery in children (by Elisenda Rosanas)

25.04.17 - 12:43

Vall d’Hebron Hospital pioneer in non-invasive pediatric surgery

The Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, one of the pioneer hospitals worldwide in non-invasive surgery in children, is planning to use minimally invasive methods with 70 percent of its pediatric surgeries. This week various pediatric surgery...
Image of a surgeon using 'Da Vinci' robot (by ACN)

19.04.17 - 18:14

Pioneering robotic surgery operation in Badalona

Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital, in Badalona, has operated a larynx cancer using Da Vinci robot. This pioneering technology, which was never been used in the Spanish State before, allows to extract the whole larynx through the mouth, without...

ICO's oncologist, Doctor Joaquim Bosch (by ACN)

20.03.17 - 20:11

Catalans abroad get access to health services in Catalonia

Catalans living abroad will have access to medical care through a new medical card whenever they travel home. Such was the agreement reached this Monday between Catalonia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, the Health...

A group of tourists walking along Portal de l'Angel in Barcelona (by ACN)

28.04.17 - 18:59

Nearly 3 million foreign tourists visited Catalonia between January and March

The number of international tourists which visited Catalonia during the first trimester of 2017 grew by 4% in comparison to the same period last year, totaling 2,988,238. Thus,...

Torre Glòries, also known as Torre Agbar, a landmark on the Barcelona skyline (Arxiu ACN)

24.04.17 - 22:42

Barcelona offers 'Torre Agbar' for new European Medicines Agency headquarters

The Torre de Glòries, an emblematic modern tower widely known as the “Torre Agbar”, with its 33.000 square meters and distinguished design by Jean Novel, is Barcelona's candidate for the new location for the European Medicines Agency (EMA)...
A medical team during surgery in Vall d'Hebron (by ACN)

12.04.17 - 18:50

Emergency care within 24 hours by 2021

Catalonia’s Medical Emergency Plan aims to guarantee that the citizens use the best available resources regarding medical care emergencies. Thus, the plan foresees launching five new Centers for Medical Emergencies, enhancing the 016...

Barcelona's Deputy Mayor, Jaume Collboni, together with other members of the local government, announcing that Barcelona drops bid to host 2026 Winter Olympics (by ACN)

16.03.17 - 18:43

Barcelona drops bid to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Barcelona – The Pyrenees-based candidacy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics has been rescinded by its own promoters. According to Barcelona’s deputy mayor, Jordi Collboni, the decision responded “to the current social and...

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