What do I need to know before retiring in Poland?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Poland, they said...
"Before retiring in Poland, expats should familiarize themselves with the local language, as English is not widely spoken. It is also important to research the cost of living in the area they plan to retire in, as prices can vary significantly from city to city. Additionally, expats should research the healthcare system in Poland and make sure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Finally, expats should also research the tax laws in Poland to ensure they are compliant with all regulations," remarked another expat in Poland.
"If you plan to settle here try to avoid expat populated areas (even thought it seems like a good plan to stick with people from your country only) as that will impede your assimilation with Poland and Polish culture. One can easily survive with English language only in all big cities and the general command of English is at ok-ish level for 40 yrs old and younger (the younger the generation the better their English) in the whole country. What is more - expect people to be interested in talking back to you in English as everybody tries to improve their language skills. Learn a few Polish words - that will open more doors to Polish hearts than the best English diplomacy. We know our language is deemed to be the most difficult to learn by non Slavic people so we appreciate all "Dzien dobry" from foreigners. And it is generally frowned upon if we learn that a given expat lives in Poland for a few years and still does not even try to speak Polish," said a member in 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 do I need to know before retiring in Poland?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.