Moving to Angola

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More and more expats are moving to Angola in search of adventure and the generous salary packages attached to life in one of Africa's largest oil-producing countries. Though the country is still rife with poverty and struggling to recover from many years of war, it remains rich in raw materials (petroleum and diamonds) and is fast cultivating a dynamic business environment with plenty of opportunity.

Luanda villaThe climate is tropical and the beaches and countryside spectacular, while the night life in Luanda, the capital city and the most common expat destination, is as lively as any major metropolis.

Angola’s economy is now one of the fastest growing in the world. International relationships with countries like China, Portugal and South Africa are becoming more solid, and oil rights are actively being exchanged for infrastructural improvements that will benefit the country in the long-term.
There are, however, some negative aspects for expats moving to Angola. The most glaring drawback is certainly that the cost of living in Luanda is amongst the highest in the world. Traffic is also very bad in Luanda, as antiquated road networks struggle to cope with the profusion of luxury vehicles and cargo trucks.

Safety in Angola has greatly improved these days, but expats must still be wary, and by default, often find themselves living in very insular environments in expat compounds. Foreigners are cautioned against travelling into areas outside of Luanda, especially the Cabinda region.

Expats with children will be glad to know that there are international schools in Luanda, which are generally well-supported by the companies that helped found them. However, the standard of these schools can vary and tuition is extremely high; there can also be long waiting lists. Those seeking to move to Angola with children should not do so without first securing a place at a school of their choice.

Healthcare is available and has improved markedly in recent years, but it is still not up to the standard many expats may be used to. Most expats seeking complicated medical procedures find themselves travelling to South Africa, or further abroad, for treatment.

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