Expatriate Community in Poland
Communities of Expatriates
- The Number of Expatriates
- 471 000 people declared they had another nationality than Polish at the last census (2002).
- Blogs For Expats
Portal for foreigners
Expats in Poland
List of links to blogs about Poland
- For Further Information
Official Polish website
- Immigration Authority
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Office for Foreigners
- Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Ranking of Cities
- Cost of Living
- The cost of living in Poland is much lower in comparison with other member States of the EU. The Economist Intelligence Unit has established that the cost of living in Warsaw represented respectively 76%, 68%, 65% and 59% of a similar cost in Berlin, Vienna, Washington, and London or Oslo. For further information, see the website of the Polish Agency for information and foreign investment.
- Quality of Life
- The dynamic development and profound changes of the last few years have made Poland a modern country where living standards are comparable with those in Western European countries. You can enjoy very good food and drink, night life, concerts, films, theaters and museums.
- Sanitary Conditions
- Sanitary conditions in Poland are reasonably acceptable. The tap water is safe to drink, even though many tourists opt for bottled water. Polish pharmacies offer all types of medicines.
- For Further Information
The ranking of the most expensive cities in the world.
The ranking of cities in the world where the quality of life is best.
Renting an Apartment
- Description of Apartments
- You can rent all sorts of apartments and houses, from small student rooms to apartments and houses for large families. Adverts specify: the rent by m2, the number of bedrooms, the general condition of the premises, date of construction, type of building, building materials used. Avoid buildings built with "rama H". Furnished apartments are also available with the keyword "umeblowane".
- Normal Lease Term
- Conditions can change from one person/agency to another. You should check, case by case.
- Rental Costs
- A deposit (given back when you leave the apartment) equal to1 or 2 months' rent is often required. At the beginning of the rental period, a third party is often required to stand guarantor.
- Agencies or Private Rentals
Going through a rental agency may be more convenient; but the fees are often sizeable (once or twice the monthly rent).
Renting directly from an individual is less expensive, but value for money often varies from one apartment to another.
On specialized sites, private adverts are often mixed up with agency adverts.
- Rental Agency Websites
Gratka (interface in Polish)
Gazeta Wyborcza - Dom (in Polish)
List of real estate agencies, sorted by region (in Polish)
Domiporta (in Polish)
Apartment in Poland
- Other Possibilities For Accommodation
- In the centers of large towns, where rents are soaring, flat sharing is more and more common. You can also find rooms with local people, or accommodation of apartment-hotel type.
- School Level
- It breaks down into 5 levels of teaching: nursery school from age 3; elementary school from age 6 (5 years); middle school (4 years); high school leading to the baccalaureate (3years); then higher education (2 to 8 years).
- International Schools
- Poland is well-equiped to welcome foreign students. In 1990 already, there were already international schools in Poland. Classes are given in different languages such as English, German, French and many others. International schools in Poland offer good quality education and experienced teachers.
For a list of international schools, see the website of the Polish Agency for information and foreign investment.
- For Further Information
Ministry of Education
Study Abroad - Krakow
- Quality of Healthcare
- The economic transformations in the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, have been devastating for health systems. Hospitals and clinics are often under-equipped and lack personnel. From this point of view, specialized medical treatments suffer much more from the situation than routine treatments.
- International Hospitals
- The US embassy in Poland's list of health services.
- Health Insurance
- The health system in Poland is based on a general system of health insurance.
- Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Public health in Poland is accessible to foreigners who contribute to
the Social Security system through deductions on their salaries. Of
course, you must have a work permit to be eligible. And unfortunately,
eligibility does not necessarily mean the same type of treatment as in
other Western European countries.
For further information, visit the National Health Fund website.
- Health System Insurance Body
National Health Fund
- Health Ministry
Ministry of Health
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