5 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Poland
With globalization taking wider and wider steps forward and with the will to move to Europe rising every year many people consider moving to Poland. Here are 5 things to know before your move to Poland that will give you a vivid picture of what’s the country is like.
Many people speak English
It is very common among Polish people to speak English. Even though there are other countries that are more famous for speaking English there is still a fair chance that your local bank clerk or the grocery store attendant will understand English. Refrain from using slang words and note that younger people tend to speak English more than older people. With that in mind, don’t neglect learning polish and mastering basic terms.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Poland is very low – food, entertainment, and transportation costs are almost the lowest in all of Europe. With that in mind, it is still considerably more expensive to rent an apartment smack in the center of town, but moving from the city center will entail more reasonable rent prices. An expansive 3 room apartment in Poland will cost somewhere between 600-900 dollars.
Poland is a devout roman catholic country, a phenomenon that defines Poland`s culture and activities and which greatly promotes strict conservative values and political affiliation. You will most likely find numerous churches everywhere you go and find that polish people take their holidays seriously, devoting more than a week for holiday vacations and having a few long weekends each year.
Finding a job
Any EU citizen can work in Poland without a visa, but for non-EU citizens the situation is a bit more complicated. English speakers, however, are in high demand in the polish workforce. Industries like car manufacturing, food processing, and finance are highly popular in Poland. English speaking workers that are qualified and have good work experience in finance, management, and information technology earn a good income.
It might take you some time to get used to the direct honesty of polish people. In the polish culture integrity is highly valued and though their demeanor is highly polite it is very direct, which can sometime cause discomfort. Make sure to be straight forward and honest about things.
The most important thing to remember, however, is hiring the help of a professional and experienced moving company to Poland to make sure everything goes smoothly and nothing gets overlooked. Please feel free to contact us with any question.