How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
Some communities are very close-knit; for example, the French community or the American community. An expat can get involved in these expat organizations by attending their luncheons or events, including some that celebrate each country's national holidays. Other good networking venues are English-speaking churches. Events are often advertised in the English-language newspapers like
Easy Milano. Local consulates or embassies can also provide information about these groups.
Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
The following are some typical expat groups that can help you to meet people:
English-speaking - American Women's Association, Professional Women's o Association (PWA), Benvenuto Club
- French-speaking - Milan Accueil
- Finnish-speaking - Club Finlandia
Where can I meet other singles in this city?
Young professionals meet at evenings organized by the Eurocircle Club. Otherwise, you can meet people at aperitivo hour (like cocktail hour) when most bars in downtown Milan are full of young people coming from work. Popular areas for this are the Navigli or the Brera.
Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
The Benvenuto Club and Milan Accueil host events that are good venues for accompanying partners to meet people.Such organizations can be located through the international schools and local English-language newspapers such as "Easy Milano." You can also find out about them through other expats in the community.
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