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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Moldova, they said...

"Be aware of the language issue - Russian tends to be the language of commerce, but it's also seen by many as the language of oppression. Only around 13% of the population is ethnic Russian. The majority are Moldovan and speak Romanian (though Russians call it "Moldovan," in an effort to impose psychological separation between Romania and Moldova). It's a touchy issue, entwined in the country's history. Make sure to visit the wineries - they're amazing, and during the summer and fall do most of your food shopping at the outdoor markets - the prices are cheap and you'll get some of the best produce you've ever had. Bring with you a good pair of jeans, and some smart clothes. People dress up for all types of occasions, and just walking down the street is like walking through a fashion magazine. But you also wonder where they get this stuff, because the selection you find in stores and at the market is meager and overpriced. You can get a good winter coat cheap over there, but take a good pair of lined, waterproof boots with you for winter. Take with you any kitchen tools you can't live without, though now you can get things like a garlic press and can opener. If you're going to take electrical appliances, also take an adapter. Good medicines are easy to find, just don't be afraid to ask the pharmacist what they recommend for your symptoms. Lasagna noodles and pepperoni were the 2 foods we could never ever find, but most everything else could be either found or approximated. Tupperware, on the other hand, is scarce and expensive," said another expat in Chisinau, Moldova.

"1. Expats should research the cost of living in Moldova before retiring there, as it is generally lower than in other countries. 2. It is important to understand the local language, as English is not widely spoken in Moldova. 3. Expats should also be aware of the local laws and regulations, as well as the visa requirements for staying in the country. 4. Healthcare in Moldova is generally of a good standard, but expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. 5. Expats should also research the local culture and customs, as well as the climate, to ensure they are prepared for life in Moldova," wrote a member who made the move to Moldova.

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