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Ben F. Bagley

Living in Rio de Janeiro, from Great Britain

"The offline get-together in Rio really convinced me of InterNations. It is so much more than just an online plattform. "

Marielle Depois

Living in Rio de Janeiro, from Canada

"What I really like about InterNations? It makes meeting other expat women in a pleasant atmosphere so easy."

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InterNations - a trusted Network & Guide for Expats in Rio de Janeiro

  • Build up valuable contacts with like-minded Rio de Janeiro expats
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  • Join top-class InterNations events to meet fellow expatriates in town

Hello and Welcome to Our Expatriate Community in Rio de Janeiro!

Bem-vindo ao and a warm welcome to our expat community in Rio de Janeiro! As the world’s largest expat network, InterNations will help you to overcome the challenges of moving to a new country and will ensure you get the most out of this incredible experience! By working with experienced expats in the city, you can find out all of the information you need to stay safe, be successful, and enjoy every moment of your new life in Rio. From finding out where you should live and overcoming work challenges, to meeting friendly residents and starting new hobbies, InterNations is your key to living the Carioca lifestyle. We aim to support you not only in reaching out to other global minds such as yourself, but also get you into the rhythm of the Rio way of life. The InterNations Rio Community will guide you through Rio's vibrant culture and give you the advice needed to help you live like a Carioca in this incredible city.

A visit of our community for Expat Brussels is recommend if other InterNations chapters across North & South America are of interest for you. Or your next business trip takes you to our Shanghai Expat chapter…

Our Services for Rio de Janeiro Expatriates

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Rio de Janeiro Expatriates Network

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Rio de Janeiro Guide for Expats

Rio de Janeiro Expat Guide

Expat Forum Rio de Janeiro

Get trustworthy and authentic advice from fellow members about all aspects of expat life in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro Expat Forum

Rio de Janeiro Events for Expatriates

Attend our monthly events and activities for Rio de Janeiro expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Rio de Janeiro Expat Events

More on Expat Life and the Local Economy in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is paradise; and it is famous for warm weather, perfect beaches, warm, friendly people, and picturesque views. Rio is most famous for samba, soccer, sun, and beautiful people (and these are undoubtedly a big part of the city). Grabbing a glass of caipirinha and immersing yourself in the Festas Juninas like other locals or going to the Dois Irmãos cliffs and enjoying the beautiful sunset should be definitely on your "to-do list". Additionally, spending a day visiting Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf is also a good way to discover the true beauty of Rio. With the help of our local experts, you will be able to experience so much more of this culturally diverse city.

Rio is understandably a dream destination for expats, and with continued economic diversification and huge potential, the city is now a good option to develop your career. Serving as an essential commercial hub, Rio de Janeiro is the fourth-richest city in Latin America and the local government has heavily supported the expansion of industry, manufacturing, commerce, finance, trade, and tourism, so there are many new opportunities in this incredible city. However, as Rio has become one of the most popular expat destinations in the past few years, the competition for expat employment is comparatively high. Learning Portuguese before you come will make it easier for you to find a job.

Since Rio is home to more than 6.5 million residents, the city is quite densely populated. Therefore, finding accommodation might be a challenge for newcomers. The accommodation options vary. You could either share an apartment with someone else downtown or rent a house with a garden outside the city. Generally, it takes a couple of months to get everything done. It is better to start searching two or three months before you arrive. Expats tend to choose to live in neighborhoods such as Lagoa and Leblon in order to stay connected to other expats and have everything they need for everyday life at their fingertips.

Find New Friends and Grow Your Network of Expats in Rio de Janeiro

InterNations is a special community of members who have been approved by us and who value our guiding principles of openness, honesty, respect, and friendliness. This ensures that you're able to interact in a safe and secure environment. Feel free to raise any questions by using our online forum to help you get the most out of your Rio de Janeiro experience. It can be anything from questions about local customs and slang, to work requirements and visa requirements. Based on your hobbies and interests, you might also want to join one of the many real life groups which meet regularly in your community. Whether you live in Botafogo, Leblon, or Lapa, enjoy samba, cooking, or learning Portuguese, there will always be a get-together to match your needs. By throwing yourself head first into your favorite activities and some traditional Carioca pastimes, you will meet like-minded people and get the most out of what can be an incredible experience. Finally, don't forget to make the most of the larger community-wide events organized by InterNations — they will put you in direct contact with some of the most interesting global minds you'll ever meet! Please rest assured that InterNations will help you enrich your expat experience and make you feel at home abroad.

Also get to know InterNations worldwide and have a look at Expatriate Jeddah or any other of the over 250 communities. Or you could take a peek at our community for Expatriate Khobar (Eastern Prov instead!

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