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Pros and Cons of Living in Georgia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're moving to Georgia, it's important to learn about both the Pros AND Cons of living in Georgia.

Georgia, a country nestled between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, is a hidden gem that is slowly gaining popularity among expats. Its unique blend of cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality make it an attractive destination for those seeking a new home abroad. However, like any other place, living in Georgia comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will delve into the pros and cons of living in Georgia to help you make an informed decision.

Pros of Living in Georgia

One of the most significant advantages of living in Georgia is its low cost of living. Compared to Western countries, the cost of housing, food, transportation, and healthcare in Georgia is significantly lower. For instance, a one-bedroom apartment in the city center of Tbilisi, the capital, can be rented for as low as $300 per month. Dining out is also affordable, with a meal at an inexpensive restaurant costing around $5.

Another pro of living in Georgia is its rich culture and history. The country boasts a plethora of historical sites, including ancient churches, fortresses, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Georgian cuisine is also something to look forward to. Known for its hearty and flavorful dishes like khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and khinkali (dumplings), the local food is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Georgia is also known for its stunning natural beauty. From the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains to the pristine beaches of the Black Sea, the country offers a diverse range of landscapes. This makes it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, skiing, or simply exploring the great outdoors.

Furthermore, Georgia is a safe country with a low crime rate. The locals are known for their hospitality and are generally welcoming towards foreigners. The country also has a straightforward and hassle-free visa policy, allowing visitors from many countries to stay for up to a year without a visa.

Lastly, Georgia has a growing economy with opportunities in various sectors such as tourism, agriculture, and IT. The government is also actively encouraging foreign investment, making it an attractive destination for entrepreneurs and business owners.

Cons of Living in Georgia

Despite its many advantages, living in Georgia also has its downsides. One of the main cons is the language barrier. Although English is increasingly being taught in schools, many Georgians still do not speak it, especially the older generation. This can make everyday tasks like shopping or dealing with bureaucracy challenging for expats who do not speak Georgian or Russian.

Another downside of living in Georgia is the lack of job opportunities for foreigners. While the economy is growing, the job market is still developing and is primarily focused on low-paying sectors. High-paying jobs are scarce, and those that are available often require knowledge of the Georgian language.

While Georgia is generally safe, petty crime like pickpocketing and burglary can be a problem, especially in touristy areas. It's important to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

The healthcare system in Georgia is also a concern. While there are some good hospitals and clinics, especially in Tbilisi, the quality of healthcare can be inconsistent. Many expats choose to have health insurance that covers treatment abroad in case of serious illness or injury.

Lastly, while Georgia has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty, it lacks some of the amenities and conveniences of more developed countries. For instance, shopping options can be limited, and public transportation, while cheap, is not always reliable or comfortable.

Living in Georgia, like anywhere else, has its pros and cons. It's a country that offers a low cost of living, rich culture, and stunning landscapes, but it also presents challenges like the language barrier and limited job opportunities. Ultimately, whether or not Georgia is the right place for you will depend on your personal preferences and circumstances.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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