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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Ypres. They wrote...

"Expats in Ypres may find the language barrier to be the most challenging aspect of the local culture. The official language is Dutch, and while many locals do speak English, not being fluent in Dutch can make everyday tasks more difficult. Another challenge could be adjusting to the slower pace of life. Belgians value a work-life balance, which can be a stark contrast to the fast-paced lifestyle many expats are used to. Belgians also tend to be more reserved and private, which can make it difficult for expats to form connections and friendships. Understanding and adapting to the local customs and etiquette can also be challenging. For instance, Belgians are very punctual and being late is considered rude. Lastly, the weather can be a challenge for some expats, as Belgium has a maritime temperate climate, with significant rainfall throughout the year, and relatively high humidity," said another expat in Ypres, Belgium.

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