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Paysandu, Uruguay: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Paysandu | Expat Exchange
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Paysandu, Uruguay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Paysandu, Uruguay: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Paysandu?

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

"Paysandu is a city known for its relaxed lifestyle, friendly locals, and beautiful architecture. Spanish is the official language of Uruguay, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic Spanish phrases before moving. The cost of living in Paysandu is relatively low compared to other cities in Uruguay, but it's still higher than in many other Latin American countries. The city has a subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. It's important to prepare for this type of weather, especially if you're not used to it. Uruguay has a high standard of healthcare, and Paysandu is no exception. However, it's recommended to have health insurance to cover any potential medical costs. Public transportation in Paysandu is reliable and affordable, but many expats choose to buy a car for more convenience. The city is known for its safety and low crime rates, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. Uruguayan cuisine is a mix of Spanish, Italian, and indigenous influences. Beef is a staple in the diet, and the country is known for its excellent wines. Paysandu has a range of accommodation options, from modern apartments to traditional houses. It's advisable to research and visit different areas of the city before deciding where to live. The city has a strong cultural scene, with numerous festivals, museums, and art galleries. The Semana de la Cerveza (Beer Week) is a particularly popular event. Uruguayans are known for their laid-back attitude and love of mate, a traditional South American drink. It's common to see people carrying a thermos and mate gourd around with them. The education system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with both public and private schools available. However, the language of instruction is Spanish, so expat families may prefer international schools. It's important to understand the local customs and etiquette in Uruguay. For example, it's common to greet people with a kiss on the cheek, and punctuality is not always strictly observed. Finally, it's worth noting that Uruguay has a slower pace of life compared to many Western countries. This can take some getting used to, but many expats come to appreciate the more relaxed lifestyle," wrote one member in Paysandu.

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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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