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Moving to Turkmenistan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 07, 2024

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Turkmenistan for its low cost of living, its unique culture, and its diverse landscape. People can find a place to live in Turkmenistan by searching online for rental properties, or by asking around in the local community. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Turkmenistan are Ashgabat, Mary, and Turkmenabat.

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What do I need to know before moving to Turkmenistan?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Turkmenistan, they said:

"Turkmenistan is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a unique language. Expats should be aware that the official language is Turkmen, and although English is widely spoken in the capital city of Ashgabat, it is not as common in other parts of the country. Expats should also be aware that Turkmenistan is a predominantly Muslim country, and that religious practices and customs should be respected. Additionally, expats should be aware that the country has a very strict visa system, and that obtaining a visa can be a lengthy process. Finally, expats should be aware that the cost of living in Turkmenistan is relatively high, and that it is important to budget accordingly," said one expat in Turkmenistan.

"You will visit dozens of homes before finding one. You will rarely find something that you are used to if you are from the west. You will want to run out of some before even reaching the front door," remarked one expat who made the move to Ashgabat.

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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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