A major port city in Chile, Iquique is the capital of the Iquique Province and also the capital of the Tarapacá Region. With a population of just under 200,000 people, there are a wide variety of expat communities living in the city - some of the most represented foreign nationalities include Croatians, Italians, Greeks, and the British. If you think you might want to start living in Iquique, it would be a good idea to first explore the area, and learn a little bit about what is available in 'Zofri'. Baquedano Street is a significant tourist attraction that is categorized as a 'typical zone'. This means that it is a street preserving its archaeological and historical heritage. If you're looking to learn more about the cultural offerings of Iquique, then you should, for example, visit the Municipal Theatre of Iquique to catch an internationally-renown performance.
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A lot of people move to Iquique to experience the unique Chilean climate; the city is well known for its mild desert-type weather conditions. The city is warm throughout the day, but not too hot that it becomes unbearable. Fans of sport also won't have a problem with moving to Iquique, as the city has the football team called Deportes Iquique, who play very often. Moving to Iquique might seem strange at first, just like moving to any new home, and this is double the case since you will be relocating to a foreign city. You have to plan ahead before you become an expatriate in Iquique, and the InterNations community can help you do that. Browse through the InterNations forums, and learn from the mistakes and successes of other expatriate members. The Expat Magazine also has features specifically geared to help those moving abroad, breaking for example the move down in to a planned structure that is easier to digest. The various articles will give you a good idea of how to put your plans into motion.
The city has one of the largest duty-free commercial ports in the whole of the world, let alone South America. This free zone of Iquique is known locally as Zofri, and brings in a large amount of trade and commercial opportunities for businesses and individuals. As well as the port, there is a large range of warehouses, shopping malls and culinary outlets spread throughout the city. The copper mining industry is also flourishing in Iquique, making many jobs available to those who live nearby. If you're thinking of joining the numbers of expats working in Iquique, you might still need a quick push in the right direction, or you might be unsure of how to best get started. The expatriates on the InterNations forums have advice and lists of dos and don'ts to help you make your first step in to the working world overseas.