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Mathias Döringer

Mathias Döringer

"Before moving to Santiago de Chile I joined the InterNations community and got useful hints regarding housing and business."
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Emma Willems

"When I first came to Santiago de Chile I didn´t know one anyone. On InterNations I found many expat friends in the same situation."

Living in Valdivia

Known as ’The City of Rivers‘, the beautiful Chilean location of Valdivia has much to offer in regard to expatriate living. A lively and exciting place to relocate to, Valdivia is the capital of the Los Rios region of southern Chile, and as you would imagine for such an important center, there is plenty for expats living in Valdivia to do. The Valdivia River and the Haverbeck Canal, for example, are popular tourist sights and provide plenty of picturesque photo opportunities. Or if you'd rather experience some of Valdivia's rich history, be sure to visit the Valdivia Cathedral, where the unusual spire towers above the city. You'll also be able to discover lesser known places of interest from other expatriates living in Valdivia on the InterNations website. By setting up a profile and using our popular forums, a wealth of information will be available to you. It's your chance to get in touch with other expats, make some friends and start to socialize with other global minds.

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Moving to Valdivia

Valdivia's turbulent history has given the city a varied and interesting architectural style. Classic Chilean houses sit alongside German wooden homes, while modern apartments are available in Valdivia's cosmopolitan areas. Valdivia is a large and bustling city with plenty for expatriates relocating there to see and do. Every year, the city hosts a ’Valdivian Week’ which offers activities and celebrations in honor of Valdivia's proud culture. Known locally as ’La Cuidad mas Linda de Chile‘, which translates to ‘The Most Beautiful City in Chile’, Valdivia also boasts fantastic natural surroundings, and is a haven for anyone who loves the outdoor life. When it comes to moving to Valdivia and finding housing, schools or storage facilities, advice from other experienced expats living in Valdivia is invaluable. With more than 1 million expat members, the InterNations platform may be able to help you find the perfect place.

Working in Valdivia

Unsurprisingly for a city renowned for its beauty and culture, tourism plays a large part in Valdivia's economy. December, January and February are busy months, with the pleasant climate attracting vacationers from around the world. Valdivia's tourist trade offers expatriates great opportunities for employed work or self-employment, and the InterNations website is a great place for networking and developing important business contacts. The Universidad Austral de Chile is based in Valdivia, and also brings many job and volunteering opportunities. And thanks to Valdivia's riverside location and close proximity to the sea, trades such as naval construction and aquaculture are similarly thriving industries. Whatever your job requirements, as an expatriate in Valdivia you will find our ‘Expat Magazine’ articles an informative read. With features about vital issues such as international business etiquette and being a self-employed expatriate abroad, you'll find information to help you create an exciting life working in Valdivia as an expat.

Mathias Döringer

Mathias Döringer

"Before moving to Santiago de Chile I joined the InterNations community and got useful hints regarding housing and business."
Emma Willems

Emma Willems

"When I first came to Santiago de Chile I didn´t know one anyone. On InterNations I found many expat friends in the same situation."