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

"Expats may find cultural and language differences to be the most challenging aspect when settling in a new country. Adjusting to a new lifestyle can be difficult, as can making new friends and finding a job. Administrative obstacles may be another source of stress, from obtaining visas and residency permits, to opening a bank account or finding a suitable place to live. Additionally, being away from family and friends can be emotionally difficult, as can feelings of isolation. Overall, there are many challenges that an expat may face while relocating to a new country," explained one expat living in Ireland.

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"Bureaucracy. Banks, Insurance, documents, learning bus routes and how to deal with rental agents. I had several problems with "owners" and their agents. No room here to tell all the stories. Did not know about need for TV license until neighbors told us after we bought new TV. License does not cost for 65 + but one still needs to get it. Took 4 months," said another expat in Enniscorthy, Ireland.

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