Moving to Buenos Aires
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Expats moving to Buenos Aires will find it to be one of the most developed cities in South America. Affectionately referred to as the “Paris of the South”, Buenos Aires is Argentina’s largest metropolitan area with nearly 3 million city residents. The Greater Buenos Aires region has a population of over 15 million people. Expats relocating to this non-stop urban centre of action will find themselves surrounded by beautiful people and European architecture. Buenos Aires is not only the birthplace of the sultry and sensual tango but is also Latin America’s polo capital.
Along with cities such as Vienna, Istanbul and Jakarta, Buenos Aires is ranked by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network as an Alpha City, based on its cultural, economic, infrastructural and political characteristics.
New arrivals in Buenos Aires can expect the same civic services available to any metropolitan area in Western Europe or the United States. This includes an efficient and easy to use public transportation system, free healthcare for anyone (regardless of immigration or tourist status) and free higher education at an undergraduate level for residents and most foreigners.
Buenos Aires has become an acclaimed expat hotspot as it offers a high standard of living, a multitude of activities, a vibrant nightlife and excellent housing options in a wide variety of neighbourhoods (barrios) – all at a great value for those arriving with dollars, euros or pounds.
The only real downside to moving to Buenos Aires is that unemployment rates are high, but many expats either work for multinational companies or are self-employed, typically working via the internet.
Most important for foreigners considering moving abroad, Buenos Aires offers an amazingly rich and varied culture in a city where the local population is open to expats. Known as a crossroads of diverse backgrounds, ethnicity, history and people, the metropolis is home to one of the most viable and productive design industries in Latin America and was named the first UNESCO City of Design in 2005 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Association.
It follows that the arts are widely appreciated in Buenos Aires, and the city’s cultural life spans the fields of architecture, fashion, theatre, music and dance with a keen focus on incorporating the latest styles, technology and know-how. Hundreds of acres of parks, gourmet restaurants, chic fashion boutiques, cultural events and more delve out space and solidify the Argentine capital's commitment to a lofty aesthetic.
Buenos Aires is a city whose social life is geared towards the later hours, with dinner commonly taken after 10pm. Theatre performances usually start around 9pm and the last movie screening of the day typically begins after midnight. The locals love to party but alcohol does not necessarily play a vital role in nightlife. Clubs usually do not begin to fill up until 2am and it's common for locals to be out dancing until 6am and then head to work at 8am.
Overall, Buenos Aires is a city that offers expats a high quality of life at a greatly discounted price compared to Europe or the United States.