India at a Glance

So you are moving to India

A country of manic cities, deep culture, delicious food and captivating landscapes.

Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:

  1. India has around 60,000 American and 32,000 British expats living in it.
  2. A country as large as India is bound to have a varied climate, however there are three basic seasons that most of the country experiences: a hot summer from March through May; a cool winter from October through February; and a rainy or monsoon season from June through September.
  3. An employment visa is initially issued for a one-year stay; the time can be extended by the Foreigners' Regional Registration Office (FFRO) in India if the job contract continues. Spouses and children will be issued an X-visa with the same expiration date as the employment visa.
  4. Despite Ghandi’s attempt to make all Indian’s equal, the caste system still shapes a rigid social structure. Caste determines occupations, political loyalties, spouses, and provides the rituals that govern much of behaviour. Although it is a Hindu concept related to reincarnation, caste is so integral to Indian life that its impact is also reflected in Muslim and Christian community.
  5. Over 300 known languages are spoken in India, 24 of them by at least one million people. Over 350 million people speak English so it is often used as a common language in business and politics.
  6. After 3 years of property price rises ‘real’ price rises have fallen as general inflation has outstripped house price rises.
  7. With a population of over £1.2bn, India is the second most populous country in the world. It occupies a vast peninsula in Southern Asia, often referred to as the Indian subcontinent. The peninsula is bordered on the east by the Bay of Bengal and on the west by the Arabian Sea.
  8. India's currency is called the rupee (R) and is divided into 100 paise.
  9. India is the 10th largest economy in the world with an annual GDP of 1.7tn. Despite being one of the largest countries and economies in the world it is extremely far down the ranking for GDP per capita, at 127th.
  10. India suffers from both internal unrest and violence and volatility along its border. There have also been several high profile attacks on women, including on tourists, it is therefore advisable that women do no travel alone and respect local dress codes and customs.


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