As with most countries in continental Europe, written numerical values in Spain are different from their "Anglo-Saxon" equivalent. Decimal points are represented as commas, whereas the separator for thousands is a full-stop. For example:
All bank accounts in Spain follow a specific numbering convention. The account details will always appear in this format on bank statements and other documentation. The format is as follows (with random numbers shown as an example):
The bank account number will also "convert" to the IBAN standard. IBAN is the globally recognised standard adopted by almost all financial institutions in the world, and is particularly important when making international money transfers. The number format is as follows (using the above current account number as an example):
The first two digits of the IBAN correspond to the country where the account is held: ES = Spain. The next two digits are calculated internally, based on a pre-determined formula and using the digits that actually comprise the account number. The remaining digits are the bank account number details, separated into "blocks" of four.
This information is usually printed on bank statements. If not, these details are available from the branch, Internet or telephone
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