What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?
There are probably a couple thousand expats in Lilongwe given the large number of missionaries, NGOs and embassies. Life is comfortable here, so morale is generally good. It helps to get to a first world country every once in awhile though. Most make frequent trips to South Africa. - Jul 21, 2017
The expat community is large! Due to the numerous Embassys and NGOs here, there are expats from many countries. I still meet new people who have been here as long or longer than we have (and we are social!) There are two main groups of expats: the short-timers who are here for 6 months to 2-3 years and the expat residents who have made Malawi home. Morale is good. - Oct 16, 2016
Fairly large expat community with what we have found to be great morale with a sense of humor for the frustrations of Lilongwe. - Aug 2, 2015
Diplomats and foreign NGOs almost equal to tobacco families--I would put it at 1,000-2,000 for Lilongwe. You feel like you know everyone but then realize that you keep meeting new people here and there as the crowds are pretty insular. - Sep 17, 2013
Pretty big. Because it's so poor and there are so many health issues, there are a lot of development partners here, so it's a big and pretty tightly-knit community. - Sep 26, 2012
Larger than I thought it would be due to all the aid work that goes on. - Sep 17, 2009
Quite large. - Jul 27, 2009