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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Kyrgyzstan. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Kyrgyzstan?

How do I meet people in Kyrgyzstan?

When we asked people living in Kyrgyzstan about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Not many organized groups I heard of except the Harriers, a running/socializing group that meets every week. However, there are a load of volunteer activities, especially tutoring in English," explained a retiree in Bishkek.

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What is life like in Kyrgyzstan?

When we asked people living in Kyrgyzstan what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Family is easily the main focus, with work a distant second for all except the richest and poorest (which make up about half of the city and are busy but nearly unemployed). Socializing is pretty limited except the most informal family visits because there are so few evening activities and it seems pretty dangerous after 11 pm. For expats, dinner out is very common because it's pretty tasty and very cheap," commented one retiree living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Kyrgyzstan?

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

"Because of lingering Soviet-style centralization and unease with western entrepreneurship, as well as a lot of official barriers to foreigners doing much, try to set up something before you go. People are friendly and relaxed, compared to Almaty for example, so you should be able to do some networking. Rent is rising fast but still cheap, and most other things (except imports) are very cheap by the standards of any western country," added another person in Bishkek.

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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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