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Saad Dessouki

"Getting in touch with other expats helped me cope with such difficulties as the sporadic power cuts in Conakry much faster..."

Verona Torres

"Was absolutely delighted to network with Conakry contacts to learn more about Guinean culture."

Living in Bissau

Bissau is often called 'the city of the carnival' because of its extravaganza celebration that are held once a year during February (when the weather is at its best). The carnival is usually held four days before lent begins, and hundreds of groups of people march through the streets to represent the cultural diversity in the country. The carnival is a good example of the vibrancy and life that Bissau has become known for - it's an exciting place to live and work in. If you are living in Bissau, it might be a good idea to take in some of the well-known sites in the area; this will help you get your footing, and understand the population a little bit better. The Portuguese-built army barracks and fort from the 18th century, for example, is a good place to start, as is the National Arts Centre.

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  • Moving to Guinea

    Moving to Guinea could be a challenging decision. Tropical climate makes the whole country have a media of 29°C during all the year so be prepared for warm weather! Read more about the climate, the people and the visas in our guide!
  • Living in Guinea

    Expats living in Guinea may face difficulties in a lot of aspects of their life due to the poor standards of the healthcare, security and education system. Read how you can be prepared for all of this in our guide!
  • Working in Guinea

    As most of the countries in Africa, Guinea is still a developing country so expats thinking about working in there have to know that the economy is based in local business and the mining industry is the biggest in the country. Read more about the local economy and also about work permits and job hunting in our guide.

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Moving to Bissau

The global expat community is well-represented through the InterNations website, a place where those who have moved abroad can discuss any topic that is on their mind, as well as gather some important tips and hints regarding moving to Bissau or just a different country in general. There are over 1,000 topics that have been posted on the members-only forums and discussion groups, each of which details a different aspect of living abroad. No matter what your query, you'll be able to find something or someone within the InterNations community that is willing and able to help. The Expat Magazine also has articles that offer pointers and extensive help for any future expatriates in Bissau or around the world. Wherever you're moving, there will be something in the Expat Magazine that is relevant to your situation.

Working in Bissau

It might be that you've been moved to Bissau on an expat assignment, and you might need some advice on breaking down some of the business-related cultural barriers. The Expat Magazine has articles dedicated to that very subject, teaching the reader about etiquette during business meetings whilst abroad, the types of clothing you should wear, the greetings and gestures you should make and how to respect other people's personal space. On the other hand, you might be moving to a new country to start a business from fresh - the Expat Magazine has you covered there too, with information on what taxes to look out for, how to deal with the financial commitments you'll be making, and what sort of emotional challenges you might face.

Saad Dessouki

"Getting in touch with other expats helped me cope with such difficulties as the sporadic power cuts in Conakry much faster..."

Verona Torres

"Was absolutely delighted to network with Conakry contacts to learn more about Guinean culture."