Buenos Aires Overview for Newcomers
Expats moving to Buenos Aires will find it to be one of the most developed cities in Latin America. Known as the “Paris of the South”, Buenos Aires is Argentina’s largest metropolitan area with nearly 14 million residents. The birthplace of sultry and sensual Tango and Latin America’s Polo capital, the city is a non-stop center of action, beautiful people and European Architecture.
Along with other such noted cities as Brussels, Chicago, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Moscow, Mumbai, Seoul and Toronto, Buenos Aires is ranked by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network as an Alpha City, based on its cultural, economic, infrastructural and political characteristics.
A crossroad of diverse cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, history and people, Buenos Aires has developed one of the most viable and productive design industries in Latin America was named as the first UNESCO City of Design on 24 August 2005 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Association.
Buenos Aires is a hotspot for those wanting to live abroad as it offers a high standard of living, a multitude of activities, an exciting nightlife, and excellent housing options in a wide variety of neighborhoods (barrios) all at a great value for those arriving with Dollars, Euros or Pounds. Most important, Buenos Aires offers an amazingly rich and varied culture in a city where the local population is open to foreigners.
The arts are widely appreciated in Buenos Aires and the city’s culture life spans the fields of architecture, fashion, theater music and dance with a keen focus on incorporating the latest styles, technology and know-how.
Buenos Aires is a late night city with dinner commonly taken after 10 PM. Theater performances usually start around 9 PM and the last movie typically begins after midnight. The locals love to party and alcohol does not play a vital role in night life. Clubs usually do not begin to fill up until 2 or 3 AM and it is common for locals to be out dancing until 6 AM and then head out to work at 8 AM.
The city has the same civic services available to any metropolitan area in Western Europe and the United States to include an efficient and easy to use public transportation system, free healthcare for anyone regardless of immigration or tourist status and free higher education at the undergraduate level.
Buenos Aires is a city that offers expats a high quality of life at a greatly discounted price over what can be found in Europe or the United States. The only real downside is that unemployment rates are high, but many expats either work for multi-national companies or are self-employed, typically working via the internet. The city is filled with hundreds of acres of parks, gourmet restaurants, chic fashion boutiques, cultural events and more. When choosing a new place to live expats are concerned with the overall quality of life and the expats selecting Buenos Aires as their new home will find Buenos Aires to be a great choice.
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