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Living in Uzbekistan

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jan 09, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of Uzbekistan is 33.5 million people. The largest cities in Uzbekistan are Tashkent, Samarkand, Namangan, Andijan, and Bukhara. Expats love living in Uzbekistan for its rich culture, friendly people, and beautiful landscapes. People describe life in Uzbekistan as vibrant and full of life. Foods popular in Uzbekistan include plov (rice pilaf), somsa (meat-filled pastries), shashlik (grilled meat skewers), and lagman (noodle soup). The cons of living in Uzbekistan include the lack of infrastructure, limited access to healthcare, and the difficulty of obtaining a visa. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000-$1,500 per month. This includes rent, utilities, food, and other expenses.

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

"Before retiring in Uzbekistan, expats should be aware of the country's visa requirements. Expats should also research the cost of living in the country, as well as the availability of healthcare and other services. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local culture and customs, as well as the language. Additionally, expats should be aware of the political situation in the country, and any potential safety concerns. Finally, expats should research the availability of banking and financial services, as well as the tax implications of living in Uzbekistan," remarked one expat who made the move to Uzbekistan.

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