After more than 35 years offering information and advice to foreign residents in Mijas, Anette Skou retired at the end of July.
Originally from Denmark, but resident on the Costa del Sol since 1972, Anette first joined Mijas Town Hall in 1984 as an interpreter.
In 1986 she started the Foreign Residents Department, and launched the first Mijas International Day in 1987, as well as organising numerous informative talks in different languages, gastronomy events, fairs and music festivals over the years.
"I am going to miss my job a lot, as I have always enjoyed being able to help others. Over the years I have had an opportunity to meet thousands of people and to organise countless activities," she told SUR in English this week. "From now on I will use my time to do some volunteer work and spend more time with my family and friends," she added.
The Mijas Foreign Residents Department remains open in the town hall building in La Cala where Anette's colleague Katja Thirion offers a daily free information and advice service in English, German, French and Spanish. The department continues to organise activities for the foreign community in Mijas, with the help of local councillor Arancha López.