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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 20, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Istanbul, Turkey is 15 million people. People describe Istanbul as a vibrant, bustling city with a unique blend of modern and traditional culture. Expats love the city's rich history, diverse culture, and delicious food. The weather in Istanbul is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (1-24 Celsius). The average cost of living in Istanbul for an expat is around $1,500-$2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500-$800 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $800-$1,200 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Istanbul?

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

"Before retiring in Istanbul, expats should research the cost of living and the availability of healthcare services. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local culture and customs, as well as the language. Additionally, expats should consider the safety of the area and the availability of transportation. It is also important to research the visa requirements and the process for obtaining residency. Finally, expats should consider the climate and the availability of recreational activities," said one expat who made the move to Istanbul.

"They should be open minded and as in every city, this city also has advantages and disadvantages, however if you have a positive outlook and are into finding out about new cultures its a jewel. Great history, lots to see, ethnic food, safe, rich night life, lots of traffic, difficult language and some chaos. Last but not least: The beautiful Bosphorus," explained one expat living in Istanbul, Turkey.

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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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