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10 Things to Know Before Moving to Lithuania

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're planning a move to Lithuania, here are 10 things expats living there wish they had known before moving to Lithuania.

Are you considering a move to Lithuania? This Baltic gem is becoming an increasingly popular destination for expats, and for good reason. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, Lithuania has much to offer. However, like any country, it has its own unique quirks and customs that are worth knowing before you make the move. Here are the top 10 things you should know before moving to Lithuania.

1. Embrace the Lithuanian Language

While English is widely spoken in Lithuania, especially among the younger generation, learning some Lithuanian will go a long way. Not only will it help you navigate daily life more easily, but it will also show respect for the local culture. Lithuanian is one of the oldest languages in the world, and locals are proud of it. Don't worry if you find it challenging at first - Lithuanians appreciate any effort to speak their language.

2. Get Ready for Cold Winters

Lithuania experiences a full range of seasons, and winters can be particularly harsh. Temperatures often drop below freezing, and snow is common. However, Lithuanians know how to make the most of the cold weather, with activities like ice fishing and skiing. Investing in warm clothing is a must.

3. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Lithuania is a paradise for nature lovers. The country boasts numerous national parks, lakes, and forests. Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling, or simply taking in the scenery, you'll have plenty of opportunities to do so. Don't miss the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its stunning sand dunes and beaches.

4. Understand the Importance of History

Lithuania has a rich and complex history, marked by periods of independence and occupation. Understanding this history is key to understanding Lithuania today. Visit museums, read up on the country's past, and engage in conversations with locals to gain a deeper appreciation of Lithuania's heritage.

5. Experience the Vibrant Culture

Lithuanian culture is a vibrant mix of traditions and modern influences. From folk dances and music to contemporary art and film, there's always something happening. Be sure to check out Vilnius, the capital, which is known for its thriving arts scene and beautiful Old Town.

6. Taste the Unique Cuisine

Lithuanian cuisine is hearty and diverse, with dishes like cepelinai (potato dumplings), šaltibarš?iai (cold beetroot soup), and kibinai (meat pastries) being popular. The country also has a growing foodie scene, with innovative chefs putting a modern twist on traditional dishes.

7. Be Aware of the Cost of Living

Compared to many Western countries, the cost of living in Lithuania is relatively low. However, this can vary depending on where you live. Vilnius, for example, is more expensive than smaller towns and rural areas. Be sure to budget accordingly.

8. Navigate the Healthcare System

Lithuania's healthcare system is generally of a high standard, but it's important to understand how it works. Public healthcare is available to all residents, but many expats choose to use private healthcare for faster service. It's advisable to have comprehensive health insurance.

9. Respect the Local Etiquette

Lithuanians are generally polite and reserved. It's important to respect local customs and etiquette. For example, punctuality is highly valued, and it's customary to greet people with a firm handshake. Also, remember to remove your shoes when entering someone's home.

10. Enjoy the Work-Life Balance

Lithuanians value their free time and know how to strike a good work-life balance. Whether it's spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors, or participating in cultural activities, you'll find that life in Lithuania isn't all about work. Embrace this approach to life and you'll fit right in.

Moving to a new country is always an adventure, and Lithuania is no exception. By understanding these aspects of Lithuanian life, you'll be well-prepared for your move. Here's to your new life in Lithuania!

Expats talk about Moving to Lithuania

"Living in Alytus is very cheap. A simple apartment will run you a fraction of what it does in other European countries. For a foreigner first moving to Alytus will cause great culture shock but after some getting used to you will really love the small details that makes this city great," said one expat living in Alytus.

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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