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An Expat Talks about Living in Bologna, Italy

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

Bologna

How long have you lived there?

28

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

Internations is a good way to meet some international ex-pats, though the majority are Italian and the organization charges a lot and offers little if you are not a paying member. If you are a woman there is also an international organization, IWF, where you can meet other women.

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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.

The town is relatively wealthy and the majority of people have jobs. People of all social levels generally interact with each other without problems. Generally speaking the Bolognese are accepting of people of different cultures and religion, but do not necessarily interact with them.

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

The number one sector is metallurgy and then of course many people work with the university. There are opportunities in every saector of work though the majority are for people who have a university degree.

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

People give a lot of importance to their work here, but also enjoy going out.

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

I would tell them to try it out as it offers a bit of everything. The general population are well educated due to the strong university presence and there is a good mix of Italians from all over. Many come to study and then just stay. There is also a lot of cultural activities, many which are either free or low cost.

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