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"Coimbra is a city steeped in history and culture, known for its prestigious university and beautiful architecture. Before moving to Coimbra, expats should know that the official language is Portuguese, and while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations, it may not be widely spoken by older locals. The cost of living in Coimbra is generally lower than in larger cities like Lisbon or Porto, but it's still important to budget carefully. The city is known for its high quality of life, with excellent healthcare, education, and public transportation systems. Coimbra has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild, rainy winters. The city is also quite hilly, which can make getting around on foot challenging for some. The cuisine in Coimbra is rich and varied, with a focus on seafood and local produce. Traditional Portuguese dishes like bacalhau (codfish) and pastel de nata (custard tart) are must-tries. Coimbra is a safe city with a low crime rate, but like any urban area, it's important to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings. The city is home to the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in the world, and as such, it has a vibrant student population. This means there's a lively nightlife scene, with plenty of bars, clubs, and cultural events to enjoy. Finally, it's important to note that bureaucracy can be a challenge in Portugal. Whether it's dealing with property rentals, setting up utilities, or navigating the healthcare system, processes can be slow and paperwork-heavy. It's recommended to seek advice from local experts or fellow expats to help navigate these systems," commented one expat who made the move to Coimbra, Portugal.

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