As the second largest country in Venezuela, after the capital Caracas, Maracaibo has a large population of just under 1.5 million people. Often called “The Beloved Land of the Sun”, because of the stunning weather conditions experienced all year round, Maracaibo attracts many nationals and expatriates to live in the center of the city every year. The city has a competitive political system in place, which means that the main Governor is from one political party, and the mayor is from a separate party. According to the local people of Maracaibo, this has brought much prosperity to the area - the Governor will build a bridge in one area, and the mayors will then retaliate with an equal act of generosity. If you want further tidbits of information and advice about living in Maracaibo, then you should consider joining InterNations. On our site fellow expats living in Maracaibo and across the world will be able to respond to your queries or discuss topics with you through the site’s private message system, forum posts, and discussion groups.
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Many expatriates choose to move to Maracaibo because of the world-class university that is based in the city. La Universidad del Zulia has internationally respected medical, law and engineering schools, as well as many other courses and disciplines. Expats in Maracaibo will quickly come to realize that it is also one of the hottest cities in Venezuela, so it's an absolute pleasure for people who want to experience a warmer climate after their move overseas. The cultural offerings in Maracaibo are well-known throughout Venezuela for being unique and influential, with the major advertising companies recognizing the differences between Maracaibo and the rest of the country. If you are thinking about moving to Maracaibo, but you need some advice on getting the ball rolling before you leave, then you can browse the forum posts and discussion threads on InterNations to learn more about expatriate life, and see the comments other expats have left about their own experience of making the big move.
One of the major industries in Maracaibo is related to chemical production, with many factories and plants offering thousands of jobs to local people and those who have moved from other countries. There are also many universities, schools and shopping centers, all of which provide jobs for the local community. Marabinos, as the locals are affectionately referred to, are very proud of their city, the culture and the growing economy, making it a vibrant and exciting place to live and work in. If you're thinking of working in Maracaibo, but you want to know a little bit more about expatriate life before you start, then you should visit the InterNations forums and also read through our Expat Magazine to find out more about various expatriation topics.