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Expat Guide to Living in Albania

Whether you're already living in Albania or preparing to move to Albania, our Expat Guide to Living in Albania offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Albania. For answers to specific questions, visit our Albania Forum to talk with expats in Albania.

Culture Shock Report

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Albania handle it can be very comforting. Help others preparing to move to Albania by filling out our Culture Shock Report.

Submit a Culture Shock Report

Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Albania - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Albania by filling out our Living Overseas Report.

Submit a Living Overseas Report

Moving Overseas Report

What should you take with you when you move to Albania? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Albania? Help others moving to Albania by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.

Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Albania

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Albania. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Albania:
Submit an International School Review

Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Albania. If you are already living in Albania, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Albania by taking our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Albania? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Albania by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Albania? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Albania? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

Submit a Working Abroad Report
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Lisbon,-PortugalLisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, which is one of the most popular countries for expats in Europe. You'll find basic information to help you get acquainted with Lisbon and what it has to offer.

Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, which is one of the most popular countries for expats in Europe. You'll find basic information to help you get acquainted with Lisbon and what it h...

Chiang-Mai,-ThailandChiang Mai, Thailand

Expats share what it's like living in Chiang Mai and why they move there. With its large expat community of missionaries, retirees, expat families and teachers, Chiang Mai is attractive for many reasons: its size, friendly people, low cost of living and good healthcare.

Expats share what it's like living in Chiang Mai and why they move there. With its large expat community of missionaries, retirees, expat families and teachers, Chiang Mai is attractive for many rea...

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