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What to know if you're moving to Asunción

Expatriates moving to Asunción would feel the warmth and friendliness of its people, a mild climate and affordable cost of living. Discover those and more features about this South American city in our guide about the city, transportation and accommodation.

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All about Paraguay

If you are planning to move to Paraguay, you can look forward to a subtropical climate, a mixed culture between the Spanish colonial influenced and the original guaraní native culture, as well as an expanding expat community. Read on to find out more about the people, climate and how to get to Paraguay.
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Relocating to Asunción

The expat community in Paraguay’s capital is not extensive, and yet those who do choose to move to Asunción find that the people are friendly and welcoming toward foreigners.

About the City

Paraguay was originally inhabited by the indigenous Guarani Indian population, until the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Asunción was established by the conquistadors in 1537, and was given its name, meaning assumption, because the construction of the fort was completed on Assumption Day. It became a strategic location for the Spanish colonialists at this time and retained its importance until the early 17th century. Paraguay remained under Spanish control until it gained its independence in 1811. Today, parts of the city’s architecture tell of its colonial past, for example some of the main government offices in the center are housed in old style buildings.

Just over half a million people live in Asunción. The population of the capital is young, with around two-thirds under 30 years of age. There are small communities with roots in several countries, including Germany, Italy, Brazil and Argentina.

Paraguay has two official languages. The primary language of business and education is Spanish, but when you move to Asunción you will also hear Guarani widely spoken by the local citizens. Many people living in Asunción do not speak English, so it is well worth learning Spanish and even some Guarani before moving to the city. The local currency is also called Guarani.

The Climate in Asunción

Asunción has a subtropical climate. The rainy season lasts from October to April, and during this time around one-third of the days have some rainfall. In January, average temperatures peak at around 28°C, while July is the coolest month, with temperatures dropping to an average of 18°C. Snow is rare as temperatures rarely fall below zero. The heat in the warmest months can be challenging, particularly for foreigners who are used to a cooler climate, but fortunately most public buildings and good quality housing have air conditioning.

Finding Accommodation

The cost of living in Asunción is very low, so foreign nationals will find accommodation very affordable in the city. There is a wide range of good quality property available, so whether you are looking for a modern apartment or a large family home, you will be able to find somewhere suitable to rent. If you are looking for a place to live in Asunción while you are still residing in another country, the most straightforward way is to search on real estate websites.

Foreign nationals moving to Asunción usually choose to live in neighborhoods such as Villa Morra, Herrera, Los Laureles and Manora. The area of Carmelitas is also popular with expats as there are shopping malls and entertainment complexes in this district.

InterNations GO!
by InterNations GO!
06 December 2018
Living

Living in Asunción

Asunción it’s not only the capital but also the most important city in Paraguay. Discover all the culture and attractions that this city has to offer to expats living there. Learn more about the healthcare, the education in Asuncion and the transportation in our Relocation Guide.
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Working

Working in Asunción

As the capital of Slovenia, Asunción is also the economic and industrial center of the country. It makes a great place for expats interested about working in the industrial sector. Check more details about the economy and read about work permits and job hunting in our guide!
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