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Living in Georgia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Georgia Rep. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do expats in Georgia appreciate most about the local culture?

"The hospitality; the fact that complete strangers invite you for lunch, or a meal. The fact that if people offer to show you around, because they are born and raised in the town you're currently visiting, the only do it because they're proud of their country and want to show you its splendour. There are no ulterior motives," said another expat in Tbilisi.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"The overall mentality here to think and plan for only "today" rather than ahead. And the intense lack of work ethic which I believe is this country's greatest detriment," remarked another expat in Batumi.

"The driving style. Traffic is dangerous - people drive like maniac. Georgia has the highest death rate in Europe," explained one expat living in Tbilisi.

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What are the schools in Georgia like?

"I am very happy with the school. My son has learned an amazing amount of Russian in just a few months (impressed a native Russian speaker he talked to while stateside this summer). All the staff is very welcoming. Class sizes are small. A teacher recently received a grant to purchase iPad Mini's for student use in class for research/educational purposes," said another parent with children at QSI Tbilisi in Tbilisi.

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About the Author

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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