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    I was amazed how many other members in Jakarta share the same interests as me. And some of them come from Norway, too !

Living in Semarang

As an expat living in Semarang, often referred to as ‘The City of Jamu’ due to its wide range of Indonesian herbal medicines, you’ll discover a city which is both steeped in history and thriving with modernity. From its ancient temples such as ‘The Sam Poo Kong Temple’ to the city’s famous Semawis food served in the Chinatown region, ‘Gang Besen’, there is something for everyone in this wonderful area. Semarang itself has a population of approximately 2 million and is Indonesia’s 6th largest city. Greater Semarang or ‘Kedungsapur’, as it is also known, accommodates almost 6 million. Expats living in Semarang will experience mainly a Javanese culture which for many an expatriate will be a fascinatingly foreign lifestyle to discover. And when you want to share your findings with other expatriates, the InterNations Community is the way to get in touch with similar Semarang-based expats and global minds from around the world.

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  • next get together?
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    Apr 6, 6:22 PM
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    Hola Alejandro, Bienvenida a Yakarta :) Cuando llegiste a Yakarta? Te gusta la ciudad? Me gustaria conocerte y puedo mostrarte la ciudad, si quieres. Otra vez, bienvendia :) Saludos Vinny

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    Jun 15, 9:56 AM
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    hi julio, i learned chinese in beijing for almost 2 years i can teach u some basic that u need u can contact me here : 085921218817 michael

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    Mar 6, 5:18 AM
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    I just finished my class in IALF (plaza kuningan) and the course is very good. 10 week course and I can speak and understand a lot more now. I will be going back to do the next level as I have …

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Moving to Semarang

Once you’ve made the move to Semarang, you’ll find moving around the city is easy. Semarang is conveniently located on the Indonesian National Route 1, ideal for reaching both Merak and Ketapang. Two substantial train stations are located in Semarang Poncol and Semarang Tawang. Local taxis are regularly on hand, a nippy ‘Trans Semarang’ bus service is available and the local minibus, namely the ‘bis’, is a preferred choice of many. So, it’s not difficult to reach fellow expats in Semarang and its surrounding area. Expatriates with children still in education will be pleased to hear that Semarang can boast numerous outstanding high schools and universities, including private establishments. Many expatriates moving to Semarang tend to rent accommodation, with the ‘Candi’ area a popular choice of many. If you enjoy sports, InterNations offers numerous discussion groups not only on sport and leisure, but various other topics. Plus, recent development of facilities along the Semarang River have further opened a fantastic world of water activities, sporting pursuits and art facilities for expats living in Semarang to enjoy.

Working in Semarang

Semarang may be small but don’t be fooled, it certainly has a thriving business community. So, opportunities for expatriates are often available in this bustling city. You’ll find the heart of the business community lies in Western Semarang, which houses a multitude of industrial centers and factories. What’s more, Semarang’s port is Central Java’s main shipping hub. Many businesses in the local area are family owned, however, large corporations such as Coca Cola and Kubota, to name but two, are equally at home here in Semarang. For those expatriates living in Semarang with the need to frequently travel further afield, ‘Archmad Yani International Airport’ has recently expanded their services and flights now also cover Singapore, one of the biggest transportation hubs in the world.

  • Henrik Olsen

    I was amazed how many other members in Jakarta share the same interests as me. And some of them come from Norway, too !

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    It's a really helpful site: Via InterNations, we found an international playgroup for our kids (6 and 8 years old) here in Jakarta.

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