Moving to Azerbaijan
Last updated on Nov 27, 2021
Summary: Moving to Azerbaijan: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Azerbaijan.
What do I need to know before moving to Azerbaijan?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Azerbaijan, they said:
"Check out traffic patterns before you lease during rush hour -- it can take 2 hours to drive 5 kilometers at rush hour on a Friday evening when the wedding palaces are having their parties -- it isn't even possible to park and walk home because the traffic is so dysfunctional," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Baku.
What should I pack when moving to Azerbaijan?
We asked people living in Azerbaijan to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:
"Leave bicycles at home. Bring patio furniture, more clothing and shoes, dog food, cat food, and cat litter," commented one expat who made the move to Baku.
What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Azerbaijan?
We asked people in Azerbaijan if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!:
"No, I've been pretty good! I do forget to serve bread at meals sometimes (Azeris can't eat a meal without bread), but nothing major," said another expat in Baku.
"I have been told that being a vegetarian is "Against God". I have been told because I smoke that I am a terrible mother (I have no children). I came to work one day with a cold and was openly asked if I was pregnant, and if I was not, why not? I am too old not to have children. I have been told that there is something wrong with my brain because I do not have children. It is "Against God" that I do not have children. Why doesn't my husband force me to have children? All inappropriate, hurtful, sexist and closed-minded," added another expat who made the move to Baku.
About the Author
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.