Living in Algeria guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Algeria.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Algeria

Opening a bank account in Algeria

Do you wish to open a bank account in Algeria? Find out useful information on related formalities in this article.

Health care in Algeria

Are you eligible to public health care in Algeria? What are the conditions and fees applied? Find out the answers to your queries ...

Work in Algeria

What are the conditions governing the employment of foreigners in Algeria? What are the major recruiting fields? Find out in this ...

Leisure in Algeria

Discover in this article how to keep yourself busy during your leisure time in Algeria if you are settling there.

Driving in Algeria

Driving in Algeria implies some conditions and regulations. Find out more about these in this article.

Internship in Algeria

Looking for an internship in Algeria? Find out, in this article, some useful tips to guide you through your search.

Accommodation in Constantine

Constantine provides a range of accommodation options for foreigners. Find out more on this article.

Accommodation in Oran

Looking for accommodation in Oran? What about your budget? Find an overview of this city's rental market in this article.

Accommodation in Algeria

If you intend to move to Algeria, find out, in this article, how to proceed to find accommodation there.

Accommodation in Algiers

Are you moving to Algiers? Find out, in this article, how to proceed to find affordable accommodation there.

Leisure in Algiers

Wondering what to do during your leisure time in Algiers? Find out in this article.

Work in Constantine

Wondering about employment opportunities available in Constantine? Find an overview in this article.

Work in Oran

Before moving to Oran, which is Algeria's second biggest city, here is what you need to know about its economy and labor ...

Work in Algiers

Are you looking for a job in Algiers? Find in this article an overview of its labor market.

Transport in Algiers

To get around Algiers, you can choose from different means of transport. Find out more about these in this article.

About Algeria

The Democratic Republic of Algeria, or Algeria in short, is located in the middle of North Africa. It is deemed to be very conducive towards expatriation for various reasons. Algeria is one of Africa and Arabia's biggest countries. It is surrounded by Tunisia in the North-east, Libya in the East, Nigeria and Mali in the South, Mauritania and Western Sahara in the South-west and Morocco in the West. Thus, the country is known as a major gateway over the North-African region.

The country generally attracts qualified professionals for its developed economy thanks to its numerous economic pillars as well as national and international firms operating there. Culture is another aspect to be considered during your expatriation to Algeria. You are definitely not likely to be disappointed.


Algiers is Algeria's capital city while Oran, Constantine and Annaba are its other major cities. In fact, located in the North of the Mediterranean Sea, Algiers is the Maghreb region's second major city after Casablanca in Morocco. It is also known to be Algeria's main port city thanks to its huge export center and industrial activities which are based on oil, metals and food. It also hosts the first Algerian university and an international airport.

Oran, for its part, is the country's economic, commercial, industrial, cultural and academic hub, also hosting the country's second largest port. As regard Constantine, its activities revolve around trade, industry, and crafts. It remains a key region in terms of trade and communication. Finally, Annaba hosts North-east Algeria's major port. Being the country's fourth major city, is has been submitted to an intensive urbanization for a few years. Hence, its population has known consequent growth lately. It is also a key industrial and commercial hub.

Demography and languages

As at January 2014, the Algerian population consisted of some 38.7 million inhabitants, including a large number of foreigners. Expatriates in Algeria indeed represent foreign expertise in various fields.

Classic Arab is the country's official language, but Arab Berber is recognized as the national language since 2002. In your everyday life in Algeria, you will come across people speaking Algerian Arabic and chatting in Dardja which is an Arabic dialect retaining some Berber words as well as some French, Turkish and Spanish terms.

In some regions, locals are more fluent in Berber. Note that the colonization period has strongly influenced the Algerian vocabulary. However, the government has been attempting to arabize the country since independence by recommending classic Arabic rather than Dardja and Berber.


Algeria is not only a member of the United Nations, but also of the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Arab League. In 1996, it has also joined the Petroleum Exporting Countries Organization of which it has remained an important and strategic member. Note that the country's economy mainly relies on tax revenues at some 97% on exports, 60% on tax revenues and around 35% on hydrocarbons. In short, Algeria enjoys financial and economic stability.

In 2013, the country's GDP amounted to some $ 209 billion. Unemployment rate, for its part, was at 9.7% of the active population, including 24.3% of youth.


Northern Algeria enjoys a Mediterranean climate while a desert climate prevails on the South. In general, the weather is rather sunny with variable winds in both areas. In the northern coastal regions, winter temperatures vary between 8 and 15 °C. In the Kabylia mountains, these can fall down to -7 °C. In the South, near the Sahara region, winter temperature range between 15 and 28 °C. In summer, temperatures can rise up to 40 and 45 °C against 25 to 30 °C from May to August in Northern Algeria's coastal regions.

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Quick Information

Capital : Algiers
Official Languages : Arabic
Currency : Dinar
Area : 2381740 Km2
Population : 34586184
Calling Code : +213
Timezone : Africa/Algiers

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