Capital & Largest City - Luanda

Languages - Portuguese

Climate - Semiarid in south and along coast to Luanda; north has cool, dry season (May to October) and hot, rainy season (November to April)

Living In Angola - Most expats live in Luanda, which is the most expensive expat destination in the world, before being overtaken by Tokyo in 2012.

Mostly in expat compounds in the newer and more affluent Luanda Sul area to the south of Luanda. This area is home to numerous international schools and is the best area to live for those with small children. However, the commute from Luanda’s southern suburbs to the city centre can take 1.5 to 2 hours.

Expat compounds offer a good quality of life, with large houses, swimming pools and high security. While there is plenty to keep expats in these compounds occupied on weekends, many expats choose instead to escape Luanda for the beaches and resorts outside of the city.

Eating out, cinema ticket, housekeeping/month would cost USD 50 , 8 , 200 resp.

Indian Community - Indian community in Angola is small compared to other Southern African countries and comprises businessmen, professionals, skilled and semi-skilled workers engaged mainly in construction industry and several employees of trading companies. In addition, many professionals and skilled workers for service at off-shore oil fields and its facilities are assigned for short durations. Chartered accountants and Computer Software engineers are also tricking in. The restrictive visa regime is a major hurdle. There are a large number of people of Indian origin who hold Passports of different nationalities including African nationalities most of whom are engaged in trading and construction businesses.

Indian Banks & other organizations - State Bank of India has been maintaining a representative office in Luanda since April 18, 2005. Indian companies such as Tatas, Mahindra & Mahindra, and a number of other companies in the area of pharmaceuticals, paper, plastics and steel have had business interests in Angola for several years.

Education - For expats with children, they'll be glad to know that there are international schools in Luanda but the tuition is extremely high and there can 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.

Luanda International School (LIS) www.lisluanda.com

Curriculum - International Baccalaureate

Ages - 3 to 18

A new campus opened in 2003 and facilities at the school include sports fields, a swimming pool, cafeteria, art and music rooms, computer labs and a library.

Classrooms of international school are generally air-conditioned, and there is a reasonable play/sports area. Electricity, water and Internet generally have good back-up systems, so they are usually reliable. Some schools offer cafeteria lunches, others end the day early so lunch is taken at home. Security is very tight at all schools, so safety need not be a concern.

English School Community of Luanda Angola (ESCOLA)

Curriculum - European and Southern African

Ages - 3 to 13

Embassy and NGO families have priority. Follows American school calendar.