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A Practical Guide to the Way of Life in Algeria

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Life in Algeria

In Algeria, you can still enjoy home comforts and access many of your favorite things, but you’ll also get to avoid the stresses and strains of the western world. Moving to Algeria can seem daunting and stressful at first, but once you’re settled there you’ll love your new home.

Education in Algeria

If you’re moving to Algeria with your family or going there to study, you’ll want to know more about the country’s education system. A French International School in Algiers is a great choice if your child knows the language, and if you’re remaining in Algeria for many years, then French will be very useful for them to learn; it is one of the most spoken languages in the country. There is no English school but many Algerian schools teach English and it is widely spoken among young people. Education in Algeria is compulsory for resident children between six and 15, and further education facilities are also available. The University of Algiers provides learning of medicine, law and science, and the country is home to 25 other universities and 67 colleges.

Healthcare in Algeria

The medical system in Algeria is still not efficient, so be prepared to handle as many first aid needs as you can at home by bringing medicines, bandages and other supplies with you. Some medications may be harder to obtain so discuss with your physician about stocking up back home before you leave. Access to hospitals becomes harder in more rural locations, although if you are close by to medical care and need emergency aid it will often be free. Non-urgent problems will need to be looked at by a private practitioner. If possible, arrange international health insurance or see if your work offers a similar program, and always check a health facility’s reputation if possible before attending. Some places do offer a high standard of medical assistance, and regional variations make a lot of difference in standards.

Transportation in Algeria

The country is home to Africa’s densest road network, with many fantastic routes connecting major cities with country towns and desert highways, which require a well-maintain vehicle. Rental car is a great way to get around when you first arrive; just remember that the minimum age to rent a car is 24. The rail networks also offer fast and reliable travel and Algiers is home to a speedy, safe Metro subway system; the cities also have plenty of private hire taxis to get you from A to B. Driving in Algiers depends on your status: you’ll need to apply for a visitor’s permit or a resident’s license to cover you on the Algerian roads.

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