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Living in Lithuania

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 06, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of Lithuania is 2.8 million people. The largest cities in Lithuania are Vilnius (the capital), Kaunas, Klaip?da, Šiauliai, and Panev?žys. Expats love living in Lithuania for its vibrant culture, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people. Life in Lithuania is described as relaxed and laid-back, with a strong sense of community. Popular foods in Lithuania include cepelinai (potato dumplings), kugelis (potato pudding), and skilandis (smoked sausage). The cons of living in Lithuania include the cold weather, the language barrier, and the lack of job opportunities. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. This includes rent, utilities, food, and transportation.

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What do I need to know about living in Lithuania?

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

"Living in Alytus is very cheap. A simple apartment will run you a fraction of what it does in other European countries. For a foreigner first moving to Alytus will cause great culture shock but after some getting used to you will really love the small details that makes this city great," wrote one member in Alytus.

"Expats considering retiring in Lithuania should be aware that the country is part of the Schengen Area, meaning that a valid visa is required for stays of more than 90 days. Expats should also be aware that the official language of Lithuania is Lithuanian, although English is widely spoken in the larger cities. It is also important to note that the cost of living in Lithuania is generally lower than in other European countries, making it an attractive option for retirees. Additionally, expats should be aware that the healthcare system in Lithuania is generally of a high standard, although private healthcare is also available. Finally, expats should be aware that the climate in Lithuania is generally cold and wet, with temperatures rarely rising above 20°C in the summer months," remarked one expat who made the move to Lithuania.

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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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