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Varazdin, Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Varazdin, 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 Varazdin?

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

"Varazdin is a city in Northern Croatia known for its baroque architecture, music, performing arts, and museums. The official language is Croatian, so learning some basic phrases would be beneficial, although English is widely spoken, especially by younger generations. The currency used in Varazdin is the Croatian Kuna, and while credit cards are widely accepted, it's always good to have some cash on hand. The cost of living in Varazdin is relatively low compared to other European cities, but it's still higher than in other parts of Croatia. The city has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters, so appropriate clothing is necessary. Varazdin is a safe city with a low crime rate, but like anywhere, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic safety precautions. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, but many locals prefer to walk or bike due to the city's small size. Healthcare in Varazdin is of a good standard, with several hospitals and clinics throughout the city. It's important to have health insurance, as healthcare is not free for non-residents. Varazdin has a rich cultural scene, with numerous festivals, concerts, and events throughout the year. The city is also known for its gastronomy, with many restaurants offering traditional Croatian cuisine. The city is also home to several international schools, making it a good choice for expats with children. It's important to note that Croatia is part of the European Union, but not the Schengen Area, so different visa rules may apply. Lastly, Croatians are known for their hospitality, so don't be surprised if your new neighbors invite you over for a meal or a drink," wrote one member in Varazdin.

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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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