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Morale among expats:

Wide range. Among the official American community, most Department of State people are pretty happy as this is an easy assignment compared to most developing countries. But the Embassy also a lot of different agencies present with employees who have never been overseas before, and (generalizing) they are often quite negative about how this compares to Washington or New York or elsewhere in the U.S. -- or to their previous travel experiences in western Europe. - Nov 17, 2011
Fair. Really low when people were getting close to the end of their tours. - Nov 16, 2011
Good overall. Some people will complain if they are looking for a more vibrant city, but this is a beautiful post. - Sep 18, 2011
It's funny.....I have seen that you either love it, or hate it. At least 7 families have curtailed in the past few years for a host of reasons, some probably housing related. - Apr 8, 2010
It's what you make of it!Professionally, there are some issues in the workplace (inefficiency, lack of follow through, etc but personally I've made some really great friends who I can depend on. - Jun 3, 2008