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Meet the InterNations Expat Community of Izmir!

Merhaba and welcome to Izmir, the Pearl of the Aegean! Our private expat community was set up with you in mind — to help you settle into your new life and make the most of every opportunity during your stay in Turkey. All the questions running through your mind can be answered by our experienced community members, whether you're wondering about the best schools for your children, how to organize healthcare, or how much a loaf of bread should cost. Join our Izmir expat events to meet like-minded friends in this exciting city.

Curious to explore other communities in Eastern Europe, e.g. our chapter for Expat Dubai? Or you might think of stopping by at our Expatriates Riyadh community on your next weekend trip.

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Getting to Know Izmir, the Expat Way

Izmir is well known for its excellent schools, hospitals, and beautiful waterside location. It is a university city — there are seven different universities in the city itself and two more just beyond, bringing with them all the energy and vibrancy you'd expect from a student population — where great food, shopping malls, cinemas, and theaters can easily be found. It also means job opportunities for qualified expats, as many Turkish universities are English speaking. Regardless of this, many students are keen to improve their English, which provides another working opportunity. Other than teaching, Izmir is famous as a port city, making it an economic hub for freight, trade, and exporting. Many in the city cultivate products for export, such as olives, figs, grapes, and tobacco. The city has a much calmer pace of life than Istanbul, but is certainly not lacking in culture. On your days off, you are just a stone's throw from biblical Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Hierapolis, and the Aegean's best beaches. Most of the population is Muslim, but Izmir's unique mix of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish history lends it a much more Mediterranean feel than the rest of Turkey and explains its more liberal politics.

Become a Part of Our Network of Expatriates in Izmir

The InterNations Izmir Community has members from across the world, from Australia to Germany and India, who all go through a careful approval process and respect our guiding principles. Making friends is one of the best ways to feel at home in a new place, so join one of Izmir's many groups — there are groups dedicated to photography, dance, local cooking, excursions, and even board games. There really is something for everyone and they're sure to excite you about life in Izmir. You can also attend our larger social and networking events, open to the entire community.

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