Spain: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Spain. Compare Spain with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

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Spain implements policy actions at national government level in 9 out of 10 policy areas of the NOURISHING framework. Two policy areas received a good assessment, specifically setting limits or removal of specific nutrients in food products (I1) and public awareness on food and nutrition (I2). This was followed by a moderate assessment for using financial incentives which increase the accessibility and affordability of healthy food (U).

Within policy areas, gaps and weaknesses were identified. These included no actions on limiting sugar-sweetened beverage provision in schools and unhealthy food in out-of-education locations, which impacted otherwise well-designed national level standards on food available in schools and other public institutions (O). Lack of food marketing and advertising to young people through direct marketing, point of sale measures and product packaging impacted the assessment for advertising of unhealthy food to young people (R), with the best assessment in this area received by national government action on marketing in/around schools.

No action was taken at national government level to set rules and incentives to improve retail and food service environments (S). Greater attention should be given to this policy area, as well as to actions on food systems coherence with health (H), by implementing policy actions beyond currently implemented policies on governance arrangements for multi-sectoral engagement and standards for public food procurement.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Spain’s results

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Spain. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief, which compares Spain with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Spain, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

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