The capital of the Sousse Governorate, Tunisia, Sousse is located on the Gulf of Hammamet, a part of the Mediterranean Sea. With a history dating back to Roman years, Sousse is a fascinating city which is known by its nickname ‘the Pearl of Sahel’. The city is a popular tourist destination and is the third largest in the country. Expats living in Sousse will be able to take in the city’s many attractions such as the Great Mosque, built in simple Aghlabite style which dates back to 850, whilst other popular sites include the Medina, the old city, which is surrounded by the city walls. The Medina is also where a number of souks are located and which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. The city has a thriving nightlife with many clubs, bars and restaurants and expatriates in Sousse will also find opportunities for shopping and leisure as well as water sports.
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Expatriates moving to Sousse will find that the city has a low cost of living compared to other cities in the country, and much lower than comparable cities on the Mediterranean found in other countries. The city is a popular destination with tourists because of its many beaches as well as the weather, which tends to be warm throughout the year, with a hotter period in the summer months. Expats relocating to Sousse will find a number of transport options available including trains and buses for exploring the rest of Tunisia, with regular services to the capital Tunis. The nearest airport, the Monastir – Habib Bourguiba International Airport, is approximately 20 minutes away from the city. In order to get more information about moving to Sousse, expatriates should join InterNations where they can interact and communicate with fellow expats who may be able to offer useful information about the city, as well as what life is like for an expatriate living in Tunisia.
Much of Sousse’s economy is reliant on the tourism industry, and as a result there are a number of hotels in the city, as well as bars, shops and restaurants in which expatriates looking for work in Sousse may find opportunities. As well as tourism, there are a number of other industries present in the city, and expats working in Sousse will find that Sousse is well-known for producing olive oil and textiles, whilst the production of transport equipment also provides opportunities. InterNations is a fantastic website which not only offers useful and exciting content geared towards the expat community, but also has members from all over the world who can share information through its forums and discussion groups and may be able to help new expatriates find out everything they need in order to settle into their new home.