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Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Poland is a mixed bag. According to the annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Better Life Index, the country ranks average for their social environment and below average in subjective well-being, health status and environmental quality. Of course, there are still number of attributes to Poland that many western expats will appreciate. Polish cities are vibrant and full of film and music festivals, concerts, exhibitions, Museums, cafes and shopping malls. The country also offers much to the outdoor enthusiasts including hiking, camping, backpacking, bike riding, kayaking and windsurfing. While Poland is generally a safe and welcoming place for the expat, fewer than 40% of their population speaks English. This can make retail shopping, doing business and navigating a bit tricky from time to time.

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Poland

oecd-poland       expatarrivals.-poland     numbeo-poland     expatfocus-poland 

internations-poland kwintessential-poland     expatsguide     expatwoman-poland

Cost of Living

Cost of living

Residing in Poland is good on the western expatriate’s budget. Indeed, according to Xpatulator.com’s July 2016 report, the cost of living in Poland is well below the international average. This becomes apparent when one purchases any number of goods in services in Poland such as a housing accommodation and furnishings,transport, healthcare, an Internet plan, groceries, restaurant meals, alcohol and local retail recreation. Of course, living expenses can vary within the country between cities and between rural areas and urban centers. Still, assuming that a teaching expat negotiates a fair remuneration with their new international school employer, they should be able to both live comfortably in Poland (fully exploiting all the wonderful things that it has to offer) as well as save some money.

Satisfying sites on cost of living in Poland

xpatulator-poland     expatarrivals-poland     numbeo-poland      expatistan-poland     go-poland

Climate

Climate

Poland is a country that experiences all four seasons and can be described as continental with cold snowy winters and hot summers. There are many regional variations due to the size of the country and the Baltic sea. Summers see average temperatures of around 20-27 degrees Celsius rising to about 31 degrees in the north (Warsaw area). In the south (Krakow area) temperatures are cooler year round with the summer average around 23 degrees Celsius and with far more rainfall than the north. The northerly winter sees temperatures of -5 degrees. In the south, the winter temperature can regularly fall to -7 degrees Celsius and averages around -1 degree. Much colder temperatures can be found in the east towards Russia with cold winds and heavy rainfall. Poland can experience winter snow in any region of the country.

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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 Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world is 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    The Lodz Post


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