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Jakarta, Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 20, 2023

Summary: People often describe Jakarta, Indonesia as a bustling, vibrant city with a unique mix of cultures and a wide variety of attractions. Expats love the city's diverse food scene, its vibrant nightlife, and its friendly people. The weather in Jakarta is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,500 per month, depending on lifestyle. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Jakarta is typically around $500 to $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $800 to $1,500 per month. The population of Jakarta is estimated to be around 10.5 million people.

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

"Don't worry too much. It's pretty easy life here but will require patience a plenty. Traffic is horrible! But I get lots of reading done in my Mitsurbishi Grandis. Good staff are very important and should be rewarded with your trust and better than average pay if you find good ones. We love ours. Finally, as usual, a little bit of the local language goes a long long ways. Vocabulary is the key here b/c the rest of the language is easy," remarked one expat who made the move to Jakarta.

"Before retiring in Jakarta, 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 a retirement visa. Finally, expats should consider the availability of leisure activities and the potential for making friends in the area," explained one expat living in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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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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