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Istria, Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Istria?

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

"Istria is a beautiful region known for its stunning coastline, rich history, and delicious cuisine. Before moving there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the official language is Croatian, which can be challenging to learn. However, English, German, and Italian are also widely spoken due to the region's tourism industry. The cost of living in Istria is generally lower than in many Western European countries, but it can vary depending on the specific area. Coastal towns tend to be more expensive than inland areas. The healthcare system in Croatia is generally good, with both public and private options available. However, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any potential medical costs. Istria has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, making it a popular destination for those seeking sunshine. However, it can get quite crowded during the peak tourist season. The region is known for its high quality of life, with a relaxed pace, friendly locals, and a strong sense of community. However, it can take time to adjust to the slower pace of life. Public transportation in Istria is reliable but not as frequent as in larger cities. Having a car can be beneficial, especially for those living in more rural areas. The cuisine in Istria is a blend of Italian and Croatian influences, with seafood, truffles, and olive oil being key ingredients. The region is also known for its wine and grappa. The job market in Istria is somewhat limited, with tourism being the main industry. It can be challenging to find work outside of this sector, especially for those who don't speak Croatian. Finally, it's important to understand the local customs and traditions. Croatians are generally welcoming and friendly, but they also appreciate respect for their culture and way of life," remarked one expat living in Istria, Croatia.

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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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