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An Expat Talks about Living in Hanoi, Vietnam

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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Hanoi

How long have you lived there?

Vietnam

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Depends on interests of course. UNIS (United nations international school) is out of town but offers courses to everyone, including language classes. L'Espace (French) Goethe (German) and other national organisations offer courses, exhibitions and events. Cinematheque offers "arthouse" films for members. Hanoi Opera House offers wonderful performances, very reasonably priced tickets so enjoy. for other information on events/organisations google Hanoi Infoshare and New Hanoian.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Not apparently diverse, they appear accepting but I can't say much about it.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

NGO and development work, as well as English teaching, many people also start their own business.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Locals definitely around family, and expats with kids have plenty of opportunity to meet people through school events, same as anywhere else. As the capital, there are many NGOs here this also makes the expat experience very interesting, you meet many people doing interesting and worthwhile things.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Be prepared for lots of noise and pollution. Most people find learning Vietnamese very difficult. But other than that, it is a very interesting place to live, also lots to see outside the city especially if you have a motorbike! Most Hanoians are very nice to foreigners.

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