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Given that Bulgaria consistently ranks low in the annual Human Development Index published by the United Nations Development Programme, it is an adventurous choice for the international expat. If one enjoys a more rustic lifestyle, beautiful landscapes and a plethora of outdoor recreational activities, this may be the right location. While the official language is Bulgarian, many local young people in Sofia speak English. However, few speak English outside of the city. Also, from a western perspective, Bulgaria would not be considered progressive. It’s patriarchal, traditional and intolerant LBGT lifestyles. Still, the country is generally safe with the exception of some petty crime and, sadly, racially motivated violence. Read more…

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Bulgaria

Sofiaecho-bulgaria      numbeo-bulgaria     numbeo-Sofia      bulgaria-travel      euromonitor-bulgaria

Cost of Living

Cost of living

If an international teacher receives a fair remuneration for their work, he or she should not only be able to live very comfortably in Bulgaria, but save a respectable amount of money as well. According to’s July 2016 analysis, the cost of living in Bulgaria is well below the international average. This fact is self-evident when one is purchasing any number of goods and services such as housing accommodation and furnishings, an Internet plan, groceries, alcohol, restaurants and retail recreational activities. Unquestionably, living Bulgaria is good on the budget for the western expat.

Satisfying sites on cost of living in Bulgaria

numbeo-bulgaria     numbeo-sofia      cheapestdestinationsblog     bulgaria-angloinfo



Bulgaria experiences distinct seasons, with the summers being  long, hot and dry (although thunderstorms and showers can occur) beginning in June and finishing at the end of August, with typical temperatures being between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius but sometimes exceeding this. Winter sees temperatures  of -5 to 0 degrees Celsius with snow in abundance. The changing of the seasons brings distinct changes in temperature with Autumn dropping significantly after the hot summer. The Spring is a welcome rise in temperature after the cold winter months

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Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

If you are a European Union National you have the entitlement to work in any European Union member country without needing to obtain a work permit. The only exception to this is if you are planning to work in Croatia where some restrictions can apply. However you should still investigate the consequences of working and the effect this will have on your benefits (health insurance, maternity/paternity, pensions, occupational accidents and diseases, death grants, unemployment, early retirement, family benefits), and the implications of where and how much tax you pay. The European Union offers this Tax advise at its Your Europe website. Once you have been in an EU country for more than 3 months you will be required to register your residence and obtain a residency permit.

If you are not a European Union National then you will require a work permit. The requirements for this often differ depending on your Nationality. For the latest up to date information for entry please visit the Bulgaria Foreign Ministry website.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office      US State Department      BBC World News           Al Jazeera        Bulgarian Gazette

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