Angola

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Lifestyle

Lifestyle

While Angola is one Africa’s largest oil producing nations, it still maintains high unemployment and poverty rates. Still, it’s full of natural resources and its economic sector is quickly growing. Expats are generally well compensated and live in Luanda, a rather energetic and cosmopolitan capital city. There are also downsides to moving to Angola. First, Luanda is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Second, traffic in Luanda is suffocatingly congestive. Be ready to leave early, get home late and learn patience.

Public safety is also on a positive trajectory in Angola, even though expats tend to dwell in gated compounds which generally shield them from such risks as home burglaries. Still, there are “no go” regions for even the most adventurous expats, such as Cabinda.   Much of the healthcare delivered in Angola is below the standard of many expats. It is not uncommon for expats in need of more complicated medical assistance to procure it abroad. Read More…

Portuguese is the primary language of Luanda’s business, but English and French are commonly heard. Christianity is the main religion. The economy of Angola is growing fast and has significant gas and oil reserves as well as rich farmland and diamonds. While overall safety is considered medium for expats in Angola, Cabinda area is riskier in terms of violent crime and  old unmarked landmines and other explosives. Read More...

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Angola

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Cost of Living

Cost of living

Angola’s cost of living is unexpectedly high. In fact, Luanda, where a majority of the expats reside, is considered one of the most expensive living locations in Africa. The blame for the excessively high prices on consumer goods rests squarely on the devastation caused by war in Angola. Everything needs to be imported, even the fresh produce (such as vegetables and fruit). The high petrol prices only exasperate prices.Housings costs have also experienced dramatic escalation over the past several years. This is due to what appears to be chronic insufficient supply to a consistently very high demand. Still, most international diplomats, corporate transfers and expat educators will receive accommodations in Angola as part of their remuneration.

Expats should also be warned of transport expenses. While Angolan taxis and drivers typically offer their services at reasonable rates, transport costs can easily inflate and absorb a significant portion of one’s income. Read more…

According to Xpatulator, Angola prices significantly exceed the international average in a number of areas, including alcohol, tobacco, clothing, communication, education, furniture and appliances, groceries, healthcare, household accommodations, personal care, recreation and culture and hotels. The only area where Angola scored average is in transport. Needless to say, if you receive a job offer in Angola, make sure your pay reflects your living costs. Read more…

Satisfying sites on cost of living in Angola

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Climate

Climate

There are mainly two distinct seasons in Angola, cool and dry from June to September and hot and rainy from October to April or May. The temperature on the coastal areas does not vary much with an average of 15 degrees in winter rising to 20 degrees celsius in summer. Read more…

Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

Work permits are issued for twelve month periods to employees of an Angolan Company. These Visa’s can renewed twice and include multiple entry/exit visas, Visas are non transferable and require you to leave the country should you leave the approved position. Your school should arrange your sponsorship and handle the application process as this is a complex process that will need their support to complete. They should also bear the costs of the application and advise on the viability of Visa’s for accompanying family members.

Visa requirements can change rapidly, to keep up with this please keep in contact with the local consulate

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office        US State Department         BBC World News         Al Jazeera         NTA News Time Africa

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