In the land of Rioja and tapas, Money in physical form such as banknotes and coins. continues to top the charts. Indeed, in 2016 Spaniards spent €253 billion accounting for 22.9% of all payments. This is largely due to its large rural population (20.2%) and above average access to ATMs – one of the highest in Europe with 107 ATMs per 100,000 people.
Although a slight decline has been recorded in recent years, a big portion of it is due to the slowed economy since the 2008 financial crisis. Another factor influencing cash usage is the increasing accessibility to cash-back options at retail locations. This has not only encouraged Spaniards to make greater use of their debit cards, but it has also facilitated their access to cash.
Since 2015, some banks are trying to discourage this affinity for tangible From the Latin word moneta, nickname that was given by Romans to the goddess Juno because there was a minting workshop next to her temple. Money is any item that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts, such as taxes, in a particular region, country or socio-economic context. Its onset dates back to the origins of humanity and its physical representation has taken on very varied forms until the appearance of metal coins. The banknote, a typical representati... by imposing fees when withdrawals are not made at the card-issuer’s ATM, a policy that has affected cash withdrawal results.
Although a slight decline in cash usage has been recorded, the PYMNTS.com Global Cash Index predicts a decrease to €282 billion by 2022, but that its usage will remain significant. “Ease of access, store-of-value and a sense of security are some of the many factors that make cash one of the leading A transfer of funds which discharges an obligation on the part of a payer vis-à-vis a payee. instruments in Spain.” (Global Cash Index)