Known to many as the Rock City, Mwanza has a population of over 700,000. As a Tanzanian mid-sized port city on the shores of Lake Victoria, it is also the capital of the region of the same name. Expats living in Mwanza will find that there are a variety of different cultures, faiths and beliefs in Mwanza, making it an exciting and diverse place to live, work and express oneself. Hinduism and the Catholic and Christian churches are quite prominent throughout the region and the city, but they by no means the only places of faith expatriates in Mwanza will encounter. If you're thinking of living in Mwanza, it can be a great idea to get to know the city and its people better by visiting prominent landmarks once you have arrived. Visiting Lake Victoria, for example, is a must for anybody who even passes through the area on a short term basis - as Africa's largest lake, it is a truly stunning sight to behold. And after you've spent a day at the lake, you can climb to the top of Capri Point to take in the rest of the area's natural beauty.
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The local airport (Mwanza Airport) makes moving to Mwanza a piece of cake in terms of logistics, but you might still need some helpful tips and hints before you make the big move. Moving to any new city can be tough, and Mwanza with its foreign language and unique customs, is no exception. InterNations Expat Magazine has articles written specifically about moving and living overseas as an expatriate. There are, for example, articles about what to bring and what to leave in storage, information on how to move your pets with you, and pieces about sorting out the right paperwork before you make the move.
The commercial industry in Mwanza has seen a boom in recent years, after the development of a commercial center in the Ilemela district of the city began in 2010. One industry that continues to grow, and many locals have thrived off it for years, is fishing along the shore of Lake Victoria. There are five large factories devoted to fish processing in the outskirts of Mwanza - these plants create thousands of jobs for the local population. Livestock, husbandry and agriculture play an important role in the developing economy of Mwanza and the surrounding region. If you are about to start working in Mwanza, maybe after having been offered a job through a work relocation scheme, then you might want a bit of advice on acclimatizing to expatriate working life. InterNations has built up a community of expats from around the world over the last few years who are more than happy to share their experiences to make your own experience of expat life in Mwanza easier.