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Iasi, Romania

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: People describe Lasi, Romania as a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's vibrant nightlife, its many parks and gardens, and its friendly locals. The weather in Lasi is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (1-24 Celsius). The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is around $600 per month. The approximate population of Lasi is around 320,000 people.

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What do I need to know about living in Iasi?

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

"Expats considering retiring in Lasi, should be aware of several factors before making the move. Firstly, it is essential to research the cost of living, which is generally lower than in Western European countries, but can vary depending on lifestyle choices. Housing options range from renting apartments to purchasing property, with prices varying based on location and size. Healthcare in Romania is a mix of public and private systems, and while public healthcare is available to residents, the quality of care may not be up to the standards that expats are accustomed to. It is advisable to obtain private health insurance to ensure access to better facilities and English-speaking doctors. Romania has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters, so expats should be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Lasi experiences significant snowfall during the winter months, which can make travel difficult. Romanian is the official language, and while English is spoken by many younger people, it is helpful for expats to learn some basic Romanian phrases to navigate daily life more easily. Expats should also familiarize themselves with local customs and traditions to better integrate into the community. Public transportation in Lasi is affordable and reliable, with buses and trams connecting different parts of the city. However, expats may find it more convenient to own a car for greater flexibility and ease of travel. Lasi offers a range of leisure activities, including parks, museums, and cultural events. The city has a rich history and vibrant arts scene, providing ample opportunities for expats to explore and enjoy their retirement. Finally, it is crucial for expats to understand the visa and residency requirements for retiring in Romania. Non-EU citizens will need to apply for a long-stay visa and residence permit, while EU citizens must register their stay with the local authorities. It is essential to consult with the Romanian embassy or consulate in your home country for the most up-to-date information on visa and residency requirements," said one expat who made the move to Lasi.

"Before retiring in Lasi, it is important to research potential housing options and the cost of living. It is also recommended to learn about the healthcare system, the language spoken, and local customs. Additionally, it is essential to take into account the taxation laws and the pension plans offered. It is also useful to understand the regulations around obtaining a residency card and applying for a visa. Furthermore, it is beneficial to learn about the social customs and the job market. Lastly, investigate the climate to ensure it is suitable for your lifestyle," explained one expat living in Lasi, Romania.

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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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