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Living in Turkmenistan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 06, 2024

Summary: People describe life in Turkmenistan as a mix of traditional and modern. Expats love the country's rich culture, friendly people, and stunning landscapes. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 per month. The population of Turkmenistan is approximately 5.8 million people, and the largest cities are Ashgabat, Turkmenabat, and Dashoguz. The cons of living in Turkmenistan include a lack of freedom of speech, limited access to the internet, and a lack of economic opportunities. Additionally, the country is known for its oppressive government and lack of civil liberties.

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What do I need to know about living in Turkmenistan?

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

"Before retiring in Turkmenistan, expats should be aware of the country's strict visa and residency requirements. Expats should also be aware of the country's limited healthcare system and the need to purchase private health insurance. Additionally, expats should be aware of the country's limited banking and financial services, and the need to open a local bank account. Furthermore, expats should be aware of the country's limited public transportation system and the need to arrange private transportation. Finally, expats should be aware of the country's limited access to international goods and services, and the need to purchase locally," remarked one expat living in Turkmenistan.

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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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