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

There are tons of expats around Lusaka. In the US community morale is very good. - Feb 2018

Most expatriates are from the UK and South Africa and they seem to run AISL. - Nov 2017

It's decent, maybe a few thousand in Lusaka. The Chinese, Indian, and Lebanese communities tend to keep to themselves. Western expats are pretty well mixed; there are somewhat frequent food-focused events around town. Music and dance are very rare (though Zimbabwe has a great annual festival, HIFA). - Jan 2017

I'd say the morale is pretty good and the community is pretty large. Zambia is "Africa light", so there's not much to hate. - Jun 2016

The expatriate community seems fairly large; we have been here for three years and are still amazed at how many people we don't recognize at big expatriate events. Morale greatly depends on your flexibility and how well you can entertain yourself. Some people really like it here (we extended for a fourth year) while others can't stand it! - May 2016

Large expat community with most people probably with NGOs, schools, and other non-governmental agencies. Morale is excellent, especially for those who love their job or love getting out in the bush/travel. But even the people who don't find safaris/travel particularly interesting seem to like Lusaka because it really is easy to live here. - Mar 2015

Fairly large and generally good. - Aug 2014

Quite large (around 100) and morale has been improving since last summer's turn-over when a number of negative Nellies finally left. We had a really good front office that left last summer and many are worried about some of the new changes and perception that have been taking place. The new Ambassador has not arrived so that perception may get wiped when he arrives. - Jan 2014

Pretty large, especially for a capital of this size. One tends to run into acquaintances all over town. - Apr 2013

Large. - Jul 2010

Medium. - Mar 2009

Medium. - Mar 2009

Pretty large. - Oct 2008

Not sure, but it seems pretty big - depending what embassies you include in your world - Aug 2008

A couple hundred Americans in Lusaka between U.S. government, aid organizations, and missionaries. Large number of Europeans engaged in government and aid work. Lots of long-time Indian residents. - May 2008

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