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Pros and Cons of Living in Poland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 14, 2022

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Poland. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Poland

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What are the pros and cons of living in Poland?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Poland responded:

"I like the peaceful way of life in Rzeszow. The theatre and Opera house are very good, there are often concerts by local bands. If you like the outdoors life, there are plenty of forests, lots of lakes and rivers. The parks are well kept and clean. The local people tend to be very nice, once they get to know you. The town square is the focal point for meeting up with friends, in the summer months. The winters can be quite bad, with temperatures dropping to -20. The tv service here is good, with a lot of programs available in English," said another expat in Rzeszów.

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

"Do not call anyone "a friend" here unless you are ready to bury his enemies at night with that person and cover their tracks. If Polish family calls you a friend and invite to their home - they will treat you like a family member since then. Do not betray that trust because that's how one gains a sworn enemy. Avoid political disputes. It is easy for foreigners - just play "ignorance in that area" card. Religion is another sensitive topic here - even though over 80% (another estimation states that it's nearly 90%) of population here are Christians (of different denominations) we do not talk about faith nor we are super crazy about that even though people attend Sunday's services regularly here. Do not ask Polish person "how they are" (Jak sie masz?) unless you have an hour to spare to listen about all," said another expat in Poland.

"For the most part, work colleagues are readily available to help us in making appointments, translating and pointing us in the right direction in search of a particular product," added another person living in Krakow.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"The language is still after 10 years one of the most difficult aspects and the standard of driving although a lot better is a major problem," said another person in Bydgoszcz.

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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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