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Cost of living and conditions in Nampula, Mozambique?

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By Mahesh Janye - Posted on
21 March 2012
I got a job offer for Mozambique in Nampula City, can any one help me urgently to tell about cost of living and general situation there. I am Planning to move there by End April 2012 or May 2012
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Hi Mahesh

Nampula is an inland city and hot and humid most times. It is the third largest city in Mozambique and you will find all the usual amenities there, including shops, restaurants, banks etc. Portuguese  is the most widely spoken language as well as the local Mecua language - learning to speak one/both of these is important for communication in the city, as English is not as widely spoken. However, there is a growing expat community in Nampula, mostly working in the NGO and aid work/humanitarian sectors. The cost of living in the city can be steep, with accommodation in particular likely to take up a huge chunk of your salary. Food can also be expensive, but fresh produce is generally cheaper in the local markets.

We don't yet have a guide for Mozambique, but once you are settled in the country, we would love to hear from you and hear about your own experiences living in Nampula.

Good luck with your move!

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Hi there, I am also moving to Nampula for work purposes, and would love to know more about the expat community in the area, live music and social events other than the ordinary nightlife, I just left Cape Town a few weeks ago, relocating to Nampula in the next few weeks. Please advise on possible links

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I am jealous, working in Mozambique will be very exciting. The country is booming and I believe opportunties abound. Good luck and have fun!
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Nampula is quite a pleasant and relatively safe city (compared to many African states and certainly Maputo). However, due to the influx of migrant workers and immigrants the population has exploded in the last decade. This has put a strain on the local infrastructure which was already 50 years behind SA and pushed property prices/rents through the roof, so to speak. However, if you can budget then you shoudl be able to have a comfrtabel standard of living there. It is , as said in a previosu post, a boomign country / economy and may lead to further opportunities in the future for you. good luck

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