Lifestyle in Algeria


Being an African country, Algeria is a culturally rich and variable country, displaying different lifestyles. Find out more in this article.

If you are considering moving to Algeria, you will probably be curious about the country's environment and its population's lifestyle. Indeed, it is best to inquire about these before moving so that you get a clear picture of what life is all about in the country.

In general, life in Algeria revolves around family and religious festivals. In fact, the Algerian calendar is marked by many religious festivities and other major events which you will definitely not miss if you are settling there.


Algerian families always demonstrate a strong family solidarity. Most religious festivals and other events are celebrated in unity and with kinship love. Most men stay with their families even after getting married. Hence, you are likely to come across many extended families there. In fact, once married, women will live with their husband under the same roof as their in-laws.


Women's role is still very simplistic in Algeria. They are often considered as being inferior to men, whether their father, brother or husband.

In moral terms, parental consent is essential for young couples when it comes to planning their marriage.

Religion also occupies a prominent place in the Algerians' lives. In fact, their lives are guided by religious principles.

Moreover, men and women are less likely to meet in public. Most of them get acquainted to one another through the Internet.

Finally, homosexuality is regarded as a taboo issue by the society and is absolutely hidden from the public.

Public holidays

Most holidays refers to Islamic festivities. Thus, Aid Mawlid Annabawi, that is the prophet Mohammed's birth anniversary, is celebrated during two days, just like Eid El Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan and Eid Al Adha which is the commemoration of Abraham's sacrifice.

National holidays are also celebrated on dates which have marked the country's history such as June 19th, commemorating the anniversary of the revolutionary awakening and July 5th commemorating the independence of Algeria. Revolution, for its part, is celebrated every November 1st.


Most men spend their leisure time playing card games often after diner while drinking mint tea. Others prefer domino or even football and fishing during week-ends. What truly matters is that these moments are joyfully spent with family members or friends.

As Friday is a day off, being a holy day for the Muslim community, afternoons are spent fishing, in Algiers in particular.


As regards women, their daily routine revolves around household chores and cooking. Some of them go out only when there is a marriage celebration. However, Algerian women living in bigger cities have been able to adopt a more liberal lifestyle. Hence, they can socialize through shopping, sports or other cultural activities.

Nevertheless, their participation to the country's economy remains very low. In fact, 19% of Algerian women were employed in 2013.

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5 months ago

Hi, "Moreover, men and women are less likely to meet in public. Most of them get acquainted to one another through the Internet." I would like to point that this paragraph can't be further from truth and reality, for the most logical reason first how did women and men meet before the Internet which was open to the public in the nighties, obviously Algerian women and men met outside in public as friends as lovers or even more than that in all big cities, some small towns due to maybe some taboos and even that is disappearing slowly, on the other hand there is a certain "Etiquette" when it comes to dating women in Algeria. "Women's role is still very simplistic in Algeria." I honestly not only think this is untrue but a bit insulting to the Algerian women, you might find a small minority that this whole article might fit to, but the majority is way different than that, I won't last on this very long but here is a wiki that way closer to the reality in there. I humbly think this post is in a much needed remake or an update at least. warm regards, Uofis.


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Algeria hosts many hospitals and other health care institutions. However, health care services not easily accessible in all regions.
Algeria's economic situation is quite conducive towards the recruitment of foreign trainees. Hence, finding internship there should not be difficult.

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