Abidjan, Ivory Coast
By Joshua Wood, LPC
Last updated on Sep 24, 2021
Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do expats in Abidjan appreciate most about the local culture?
"The people in general are actually quite friendly - but many will see foreigners as only a way to make cash and will take advantage of you. But if you are lucky enough to find some that are genuinely kind, they will do anything for you and will treat you like family,"
explained one expat.
"It's okay to take an evening walk and have met some new and nice expats- international communities. No local friends at all,"
said another person in Abidjan.
"The streets are so active, day and night. I think the Ivoiriens are a particularly handsome people, and I love their sense of style - beautiful fabric made into shirts for the men and pagnes for the women. People make an effort to look their best here, from educated business people to produce vendors on the side of the road. And although I have, as a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white woman, definitely been the recipient of many long looks, I have never felt threatened in any way,"
remarked another expat in Abidjan.
"most people turn out to be helpful, very friendly and very open with their opinions. it's a vivid and colourful culture. i like that there is city life (where you can almost live up to western standards) but also still very traditional ways of living in the villages. it`s interesting to get to know all the problems they have to develop and how much everything changed after the crisis,"
explained one expat living in Abidjan.
What do expats find most challenging?
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