What is life like as an expat in your area?
When we asked people living abroad what life is like in their areas and how people spend their time, they said...
"Living in Poland as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding experience. The country offers a unique blend of culture, history, and modern amenities. Expats and digital nomads can enjoy the vibrant cities, stunning landscapes, and friendly locals. The cost of living is relatively low, making it an attractive destination for those looking to stretch their budget. The country also offers excellent public transportation, making it easy to get around. Additionally, the country is home to a large expat and digital nomad community, providing plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make connections," said another expat in Poland.
"They are not that open, but the last generations. It is a group of small cities in one, it is not a metropolis. Last generation up to 30 years old is opening gradually and many have gone out through Erasmus or student organizations, also through student xchange programs, etc. These are the ones who look after more diversity in the city. Half of them speak English (among youngsters) in different levels, due to studies or by having lived abroad or travelled, only 2 out of 10 will practice it with you, shyness card. Since Poland is improving its life quality and people who once emigrated are coming back, there is an economic sense of well being. That's experienced in the new products and variety of lifestyles that are just starting to be experienced and share as a community. Wanna watch this and be part of it, then come. They don't have, say, Spanish style of going out in the night. There are a few pubs and mostly Sopot is the place to go, but the sense that you are in a set of small cities together by a train line never goes. They close at 16h00 in winter (stores) and night places at 03h00 (but if you're a frequent goer you can stay inside with doors closed). Gdansk is great for historical visits but then the rest of the is like any other place on this side of Europe. People are very Catholic and they keep broad stereotypes due to their slow opening to what we call globalization. But, it is like any other place, if you are polite and learn a few words of the language it is got to work, in general :-)," wrote a member who made the move to Gdynia, Poland.
- What should I pack when moving to Poland?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Poland?
- Will I be able to find a job in Poland?
- What is life like in Poland?
- What do expats in Poland appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Poland?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Poland accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Poland like?
- What are healthcare services like in Poland?
- What are medical services in Poland like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Poland?
- What are emergency services like in Poland?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Poland?
- How are local medical facilities in Poland?
- As a foreigner living in Poland, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?
What is life like as an expat in your area?If you live in Poland, newcomers to Poland would love to hear your answer to this question.
About the Author
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.