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Balaton Lake Region, Hungary

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Balaton Lake Region, Hungary. 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 Balaton Lake Region?

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

"The Balaton Lake Region in Hungary is a popular destination for expats due to its beautiful landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. Before moving to this region, there are several things that expats should know. Firstly, the official language in Hungary is Hungarian, which is known to be one of the most difficult languages to learn. However, English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations. The cost of living in the Balaton Lake Region is relatively low compared to other European countries. This includes housing, groceries, dining out, and public transportation. However, it's important to note that salaries in Hungary are also generally lower. Hungary has a universal healthcare system. Expats who are employed in Hungary will contribute to the healthcare system through their taxes and will be eligible for state healthcare. However, many expats choose to also have private health insurance. The Balaton Lake Region has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. The lake itself freezes over in the winter, creating a beautiful winter landscape. Hungarian cuisine is rich and hearty, with dishes like goulash, stuffed peppers, and chimney cake. The Balaton Lake Region is also known for its excellent wines. Public transportation in Hungary is reliable and affordable. The Balaton Lake Region is well-connected by train and bus services, and there are also ferries that cross the lake. Hungary is a member of the European Union, so EU citizens can move there without a visa. Non-EU citizens will need to apply for a residence permit. The Balaton Lake Region is a safe place to live, with a low crime rate. However, like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. Finally, Hungarians are known for their hospitality and love of festivals. The Balaton Lake Region hosts numerous events throughout the year, including wine festivals, music festivals, and sailing competitions," wrote one member in Balaton Lake Region.

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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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