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What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

The relative size is medium, though it's decreased significantly due to the economic crisis. All of the Europeans, Brazilians and Latinos are happy here. Not a ton of Americans but everyone seems to enjoy this post except for some of the more insular Americans. Some Portuguese people have not gotten over their colonial mindset. - Mar 23, 2017
The expat community is scattered into separate compounds. There really is not a community outside your corporate or government one, and even that is rather loose. - Apr 23, 2016
We are by far the biggest embassy so there are a handful of other diplomats and of course the oil people. Some people are happy, some aren't. You have to make a concerted effort to drive to the beaches, to go out to eat, to get out of the country regularly. If you make the effort you will probably have a much better experience overall. - Mar 28, 2015
The expat community is medium sized and fairly tight knit. You have the Diplomatic community and the oil company expats. If you get lucky, the oil co. expats invite you to their compounds and to use their company boats. But this is a post where you have to make the best of it. You really need to get out every three months to preserve your insanity. The environment can be daunting - Aug 31, 2014
It is a relatively small community. The diplomats tend to live downtown, and the American Embassy is the largest by far. We have some social contacts with the European embassies, which is very nice. We have very little contact with the oil company expats, who all live on gated compounds about an hour south of town (adjacent to the LIS). There is a large Portuguese-speaking expat community of Portuguese and Brazilian citizens, but they are well integrated into society here and get around much more easily than those of us from the US or rest of Europe. - Jul 11, 2013
Large. - Apr 24, 2013
Large, but many expats are locked into company compounds or on oil rigs. - Aug 3, 2011
Large. - Apr 15, 2009