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Serrekunda in The Gambia

Living in Gambia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jan 03, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of Gambia is 2.2 million people. The largest cities in Gambia are Banjul, Serekunda, Brikama, and Bakau. Expats love living in Gambia for its friendly people, beautiful beaches, and vibrant culture. Life in Gambia is described as laid-back and relaxed, with a strong sense of community. Foods popular in Gambia include rice, fish, and stews. Popular dishes include domoda (a peanut-based stew), benachin (a one-pot rice dish), and yassa (a spicy onion-based dish). The cons of living in Gambia include a lack of infrastructure, limited job opportunities, and a lack of access to modern amenities. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000-$1,500 per month. This includes rent, utilities, food, and other expenses.

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What do I need to know about living in Gambia?

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

"Before retiring in Gambia, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally lower than in many other countries. It is important to research the availability of healthcare and medical facilities, as well as the quality of the services provided. Expats should also be aware of the local laws and regulations, and ensure that they are compliant with them. Additionally, expats should research the local culture and customs, and be aware of any potential cultural differences. Finally, expats should ensure that they have the necessary visas and permits to live and work in Gambia," remarked one expat who made the move to Gambia.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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