Living in Cameroon guide for expats

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

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Cameroon

Opening a bank account in Cameroon

Procedures regarding the opening of a bank account in Cameroon vary from one bank to another. We are providing you with the ...

Health care in Cameroon

Before moving to Cameroon, you should be aware of the country's health care system and on health risks. Here is an overview.

Phones and Internet in Cameroon

How to make phone calls in Cameroon? What about Internet? Here are some answers to your queries.

Setting up a business in Cameroon

Do you wish to set up a business in Cameroon? Find out, in this article, how to proceed to create your company in the country.

Study in Cameroon

Do you wish to complete your higher studies in Cameroon? Find out, in this article, how to proceed.

Work in Cameroon

Do you wish to work and settle in Cameroon? Find out in this article how to proceed.

Taxes in Cameroon

Are you working in Cameroon? Do you have to pay tax? Find out in this article.

Transports in Cameroon

To travel across Cameroon, you can choose among a few means of transport. But which ones? Find out in this article.

Traveling to Cameroon with your pet

Foreigners traveling to Cameroon can bring their pet along provided they comply with certain regulations. Find out more in this ...

Traveling to Cameroon

Before traveling to Cameroon, it is wise to inquire on entry requirements and visas available. Here is some useful information.

Work in Douala

Are foreigners likely to be hired in Douala? If so, in which fields? Find out in this article.

Work in Yaoundé

Do you wish to work in Yaoundé? How to proceed to find a job there? Find out in this article.

Accommodation in Douala

Do you wish to settle in Douala? Here is some useful information on the city and on its rental market.

Accommodation in Cameroon

How to find accommodation in Cameroon? What are the options and rent prices? Here are some answers to your queries.

Accommodation in Yaoundé

What is the best way of finding accommodation in Yaoundé? What about rent prices? Find out in this article.

About Cameroon

Cameroon, located in Central Africa and near the Gulf of Guinea, is quite conducive to expatriation. It stretches over some 475,440 km² and is surrounded by Chad, the Central African Republic in the North, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Congo in the East and Nigeria in the West. Its major cities are Yaoundé which is the country's political capital city and Douala which is its economic hub. These are two of the country's most dynamic regions.

Cameroon is divided into ten regions which are primarily defined by their respective cardinal points:

  • Adamawa Region
  • Central Region
  • Eastern Region
  • Far North Region
  • Littoral Region
  • Northern Region
  • Northwest Region
  • Western Region
  • Southern Region
  • South West.


To date, Cameroon's population amounts to more than 20.5 million inhabitants, including a large number of foreigners. The Cameroonian population also consists of 240 ethnic groups which make up three main groups: Bantu, Semi-Bantu and Sudanese. Each of these ethnic groups speaks a particular language. In fact, Cameroon has a total of 240 national languages.

In addition to these, Cameroonians have adopted two official languages, namely French and English which are spoken by 70% and 30% of the population respectively. Many Cameroonian nationals also speak Spanish and German. Hence, expatriates will have no troubling in integrating and adapting to its society.


There are two types of climates in Cameroon. The equatorial region is characterized by heavy rain and constantly high temperatures. The Central and South plateaus experience four seasons: the rainy season from March to June, the short and dry season from July to August, another rainy season from September to November and finally the great dry season from December to February. In the western region (from the south-west coastal and mountainous areas to the high western plateaus), you are likely to have continuous excessive rain from March to November.

On the other hand, the tropical climate gives rise to high temperatures and low rainfall. In general, the lowest temperatures are around 17°C and the highest temperatures can reach up to 32°C.


Cameroon has many natural resources such as agriculture, forestry, mines and oil, etc., which contribute to its economic diversity. In fact, the country's primary and industrial sectors are based on bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, honey, iron, cobalt, nickel, diamond and marble, etc.

As regards imports, France, China and Nigeria are Cameroon's main economic partners. Moreover, Spain, the Netherlands, China, Italy, France and the United States were the country's main export partners in 2010.

Note that Cameroon is deemed to be Central Africa's most promising economy due to the numerous international firms which have set up there over the years. In fact, Cameroon aims at turning into an emerging economy by 2035.

Useful link: ' Cameroon
Cameroon Tourism Information Office

Quick Information

Capital : Yaounde
Official Languages : French
Currency : Franc
Area : 475440 Km2
Population : 19294149
Calling Code : +237
Timezone : Africa/Douala

Cameroon city guide

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