About Burundi

Located in East Africa’s African Great Lakes region, Burundi borders with Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Burundi is on a high plateau with the highest point (2,670 metres) being Mount Heha. The landscape is covered with trees, and the wildlife, although threatened, includes elephants, baboons, antelopes, hippos, and buffalos.

Burundi is a developing country that continues to struggle with its economy due to the 12-year-long civil war and current ongoing civil conflict. The majority of the population is employed in agriculture, and as expected, the most fertile areas are in the highlands thanks to the moderate temperatures and rainfall.

The capital and largest city of Bujumbura is also the main port of the country, which ships Burundi’s main exports such as coffee and sugar to the UK, Germany, and Switzerland. In Bujumbura, expats will enjoy the conveniences of city life with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. It is in Bujumbura where most expats live, so there’s a cosmopolitan vibe and opportunities for networking.

Professional expats can seek employment opportunities in the NGO sector or the United Nations, which have been actively present in the country since its independence in 1962 from Belgium.