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

"Expats in Chisinau, often find the language barrier to be the most challenging aspect of the local culture, as the majority of the population speaks Romanian, and Russian is also widely spoken. This can make it difficult for expats to communicate and integrate with the locals. Another challenge is the widespread corruption and bureaucracy in the country, which can make dealing with government institutions and public services frustrating and time-consuming. The local infrastructure is also a concern for many expats, as the roads, public transportation, and utilities can be unreliable and poorly maintained. Additionally, the economic situation in Moldova is not very stable, with high unemployment rates and low salaries, which can make it difficult for expats to find well-paying jobs or start a business. Cultural differences can also be challenging for expats, as Moldovan society is generally more conservative and traditional than what they may be used to. This can be particularly noticeable in terms of gender roles and expectations, as well as attitudes towards LGBTQ+ individuals. Finally, the lack of a large expat community in Chisinau can make it difficult for newcomers to find a support network and make friends with people who share their language and cultural background," said another expat in Chisinau, Moldova.

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