Newcomers in Angola usually have concerns about living in this surprisingly expensive country. Apart from the cost of living, safety and moving with children are often cited as potential issues. Read on for a round-up of common questions about moving to Angola.

How safe is Angola for expats?

The country has made huge strides in recovering from its war-torn past, and the safety situation for expats has improved in recent years. Petty crimes are the most pressing safety concern in Luanda, especially at night. Most expats live within the confines of secure compounds in the capital and have a car and driver provided for them, which is the most convenient method of getting around the city.

Are there international schools in Angola?

There are several international schools to choose from, all of which are located in Luanda. Their quality varies, but they’re better than local public schools and are the best option for expat kids. Most large companies sponsor a particular school, which then gives preference to their employees’ children when it comes to admission.

What is the healthcare system like in Angola?

Although the government has made vast improvements to the system of healthcare in Angola, hospital standards will likely be below what most expats may be used to. There are adequate facilities in Luanda for general medical requirements, but expats needing serious medical procedures usually travel to South Africa or elsewhere. Health insurance is therefore essential.

Where do most expats live in Angola?

Most expats in the country live in Luanda, and mostly in compounds located in the Luanda Sul area. With high demand and even higher housing costs, searching for housing in Angola can be difficult. However, most companies arrange and pay for their employees’ accommodation. Expats should ensure that their contract contains an accommodation allowance or that their salaries are cushioned proportionately. Angolan expat compounds generally offer large houses and all the basic amenities, but electricity and water supply are often sporadic, so expats should ensure that their accommodation has adequate backup systems.

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