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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 03, 2023

Summary: People describe life in Algeria as a mix of traditional and modern. Expats love the country's rich culture, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people. The cost of living for an expat in Algeria is relatively low, with a basic monthly budget of around $1,000 USD. The population of Algeria is estimated to be around 43 million people, with the largest cities being Algiers (the capital), Oran, Constantine, and Annaba. The cons of living in Algeria include the lack of infrastructure and services, the high unemployment rate, and the political instability. Additionally, the country is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

What do I need to know about living in Algeria?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Algeria, they said:

"If you are considering retiring in Algeria, you should consider the cost of living in the country, the availability of healthcare services, the tax laws for expats, the political conditions, the cultural nuances, the language of the country, opportunities for recreation and leisure activities, the climate and the local economy. Additionally, you should research the visa requirements for entering the country and living there long-term," commented one expat who made the move to Algeria.

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How do I meet people in Algeria?

When we asked people living in Algeria about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There are plenty of ways to meet people in Algeria. Some popular methods are joining social activities, such as sports or support groups, attending volunteer events, and participating in conversations in caf├ęs or other public spaces. You can also meet people online through social media sites and forums or join an expat community. Finally, if you're interested in learning a language, joining a language exchange program is a great way to get to know locals from Algeria," added another expat who made the move to Algeria.

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What is life like in Algeria?

When we asked people living in Algeria what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Life as an expat in the area can be exciting and enjoyable. Expats can take part in the local culture, such as enjoying the markets, historical sites and attractions, trying out the local cuisine, and getting to know the locals. Travel opportunities are plentiful in the area, with a wide range of international and domestic flights and buses available. There is a vibrant expat community, with many expats meeting up for social events and connecting through various online communities. The cost of living is generally quite reasonable, with accommodation, food, and entertainment being relatively inexpensive. Many people find that adapting to the different lifestyle can take some getting used to, but overall the experience of living in the area can be a rewarding one," said another expat in Algeria.

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Is there a lot of crime in Algeria?

We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"Crime is not particularly widespread in Algeria compared to other countries in the region. The country's homicide rate is very low compared to its neighboring countries. Public security has generally been good, and crime is generally quite low, especially when compared to other countries in the region. However, there have been cases of violent criminal activity, including kidnappings and carjackings. Burglary and robbery remain common in certain areas, as do organized crime groups in some cities," wrote a member in Algeria.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Algeria accepting of differences?

"Diversity is generally accepted in Algeria. With over 40 million people, the population is diverse and split among several ethnic and religious backgrounds. The largest ethnic group is the Arab-Berber population, while the main religion is Islam. Despite the deep cultural roots, Algerians are generally accepting of those who come from different backgrounds. Foreigners are able to find a safe haven in the country and are generally welcomed with open arms," added another expat who made the move to Algeria.

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What are the schools in Algeria like?

"Algerian schools are divided into primary, secondary, post-secondary (universities) and vocational education. Primary and secondary education is mainly state-run and free, and lasts between seven and fifteen years, depending on the sector. Postsecondary education is offered at 22 public universities and several private universities, providing both academic and vocational degrees. Vocational education is mainly provided by public and private institutions, and is often geared towards specific industries or economic activities," commented one expat when asked about in Algeria.

"DO NOT GO TO THIS DAMN SCHOOL ! Admin sucks, Teachers are all hypocrite and education is extremely low. Cantine is filthy . Classmates are all immature and nobody respects one another, My 15 year old son completely changed in the bad way after only 1 year of experience," remarked another expat living in Algeirs with children attending ElKalimat school.

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Is the cost of living in Algeria high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Algeria, they wrote:

"The cost of living in Algeria can vary depending on one's lifestyle and location. It generally tends to be lower than in many other Western countries, although some prices such as housing and transportation can be higher," wrote a member in Algeria.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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