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Living in Azerbaijan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 01, 2024

Summary: People describe life in Azerbaijan as a mix of modern and traditional. Expats love the country's rich culture, friendly people, and stunning landscapes. The cost of living for an expat in Azerbaijan is relatively low, with a one-bedroom apartment in the city center costing around $400 per month. The approximate population of Azerbaijan is 10 million, and the largest cities are Baku, Ganja, Sumqayit, and Mingachevir. The cons of living in Azerbaijan include the lack of job opportunities, the language barrier, and the limited public transportation. Additionally, the country is still developing and there are some areas that are not as safe as others.

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What do I need to know about living in Azerbaijan?

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

"Before retiring in Azerbaijan, expats should familiarize themselves with the local language, Azerbaijani, as it is the official language of the country. It is also important to research the cost of living in Azerbaijan, as it can vary depending on the city and lifestyle. Additionally, expats should be aware of the local laws and regulations, as well as the visa requirements for staying in the country. It is also important to research the healthcare system in Azerbaijan, as well as the availability of medical insurance. Finally, expats should be aware of the cultural norms and customs of Azerbaijan, as well as the climate and weather conditions," explained one expat living in Azerbaijan.

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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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