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Living in Venezuela

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 12, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Venezuela is 31 million people. The largest cities in Venezuela are Caracas (the capital), Maracaibo, Valencia, Barquisimeto, and Maracay. Expats love living in Venezuela for its beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and friendly people. Life in Venezuela is described as being full of energy and excitement, with a strong sense of community and a relaxed atmosphere. Popular foods in Venezuela include arepas (corn cakes), cachapas (corn pancakes), empanadas (stuffed pastries), and pabellón criollo (a dish of rice, black beans, and shredded beef). The cons of living in Venezuela include a high crime rate, a weak economy, and a lack of basic services. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000-$1,500 per month in US dollars. This includes rent, utilities, food, and other basic expenses.

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What do I need to know about living in Venezuela?

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

"Before retiring in Venezuela, expats should be aware of the current political and economic situation in the country. It is important to research the cost of living and the availability of goods and services in the area they plan to live in. Expats should also be aware of the crime rate in Venezuela and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs to ensure a smooth transition into their new home. Lastly, expats should make sure to obtain the necessary visas and permits to legally reside in Venezuela," remarked one expat living in Venezuela.

"In general terms people in this city are nice and kind. But you shouldn't trust everybody. Personal Security must be in your mind everytime you go out especially if you go on foot (without car), because delinquency is a serius issue here. Subway is safer than autobus unlike other countries. And if u have to take the bus avoid western routes. Indeed avoid getting around on the west part of the city and lower class zones because are the most risky," wrote one member in Caracas.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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