Dublin to Tunisia
Is a North African country located on the Mediterranean coast with a population of around 11 million most of whom now live in towns and cities. Somewhere between 1.5 and 2 million live in the capital city Tunis. Other major cities are Sfax which has a French feel left over from its colonial heritage and Sousse which is a popular area with tourists. The official language is Arabic but French is also widely spoken and understood. The weather as you might imagine very different from Dublin. Expect hot dry summers temperatures in spring and autumn that will feel more like a good Irish Summer.
Getting there is easy and some airlines including Air France offer direct flights from Dublin to Tunis. Getting all your belongings there is more tricky so you should make should to choose an international removals company who have lots of international shipping experience. Get cracking can offer an all-round service to ensure that your move is as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
You will most likely have to rent somewhere to stay as foreigners are not allowed to buy property. However, once you are established in the country you might be able to buy a house with the help of a local friend. Always take legal advice when doing business in unfamiliar countries to ensure you don’t accidentally fall foul of the law or lose out financially.
Work and Education
It is not easy for foreigners to find work as they cannot be employed to do a job that could be done by a local Tunisian. There are however exceptions for people working for foreign businesses and offshore companies.
There are both private and public schools as well as a number of well-established international and American school where lessons are taught in English. Your choice might depend on how long you are planning to stay, and how important it is for your child to learn the local language.
The currency is The Tunisian Dinar which is non-convertible so you will need a local bank account to manage your finances. You will find that the cost of living is considerably lower than in Europe.
Here are some sample prices (100 TND = about 30 Euros)
Lunch in a restaurant: 16
Dozen eggs : 2-3
Kilo of tomatoes: 2-3
Small Chicken: 5-6
Public health care is available if you are a resident and eligibility depends on who long you have worked in the preceding months. It doesn’t cover all services so you may want to consider private health care. If you are going there to work your employer may offer a private health care scheme. Make sure to bring documentation from your doctor for any prescribed medication you might need to bring. Otherwise, they could be confiscated when you arrive.
Tunisia is an Islamic country which is reflected in many of the laws, customs, and traditions. You should get a good understating before you go to avoid causing offence or even breaking the law. In more urban areas people tend to be more westernized so a lot depends on which part of the country you are living in.
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