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9 Reasons Why Lithuania Is an Underrated Expat Destination

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Updated: 20 November 2017
It is always hard to move to a new place, especially when that place is not in your home country. That is why it is super important to choose wisely and consider all the options before packing up your life and moving. Even though Lithuania is rarely any expat’s top destination, there are some reasons that might make you reconsider!

1. It is safe.

Lithuania is one of the safest countries in the world, where you can freely walk alone during the night. Of course, every single city has some sketchy neighborhoods, but in Lithuania, the worst thing that can happen to you in those neighborhoods is getting a black eye instead of getting shot or knifed. So, if you are not looking for the trouble yourself, you should be just fine in Lithuania!

2. The food is delicious.

It might take some time to get used to Lithuanian food, but once you do, you won’t be able to live without it! From potato dishes like cepelinai or kugelis to desserts like šakotis, Lithuanian food never fails to impress. So, let’s not pretend that food is not an important factor while choosing a place to live and agree that Lithuania has an upper hand over most other locations in the world.

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3. The cost of living is very reasonable.

Lithuania is one of the cheapest countries in Europe, so expats who are coming from Western or Northern Europe should feel relieved after seeing the prices! Of course, Lithuania is not as cheap as countries like Mexico or Thailand, but prices are still very reasonable, especially if you are living in Lithuania and getting a paycheck or pension from countries such as the USA or Germany.

4. The nature is beautiful.

Lithuanian nature is way underrated in the rest of the world. Even though there are no mountains here, the rest is amazing – you can walk through never-ending forests and swim in secret lakes that only locals know about. There are also some superb national parks where you can see untouched Lithuanian nature at its best.

5. There are no natural disasters.

If the wind blows down a tree during a “storm,” it is considered a big event in Lithuania. So forget all the earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and other natural disasters while living in Lithuania. You’ll only need to get used to snow and some cold days in the winter (you can always build a snowman or go snowmobiling). So, not only is Lithuania a safe place to live because of the people, but nature is also on Lithuanian’s side.

6. The friends you make will stay with you for life.

It would be a lie to say that Lithuanians are the friendliest people in the world, because they are not. It will take some time to get to know the locals and earn their trust because, like most Northerners, Lithuanians love their privacy and space. That said, once you make friends with Lithuanians, they stay with you for life and never leave you hanging when you face problems.

7. The flora and fauna are harmless.

Let’s talk about safety some more! Lithuanian flora and fauna are extremely harmless, so you won’t need to worry about being attacked by a hungry tiger or poisonous spider. Also, there are close to zero dangerous plants that could infect you or get you killed. So, you can relax and explore Lithuanian nature without any fears!

Lithuanian forest during the winter
Lithuanian forest during the winter | ©harmish khambhaita/Flickr

8. The education is free.

People who are expatriating to Lithuania with their kids should know that education in Lithuania is mostly free. Students who had good grades in the high school get to study in universities and colleges for free, while the ones with below average scores need to pay a little. However, one thing is for sure – students in Lithuania graduate from universities without huge debts for the rest of their lives.

9. It is quiet in Lithuania.

People who want to live their lives quietly without constantly rushing somewhere should definitely come to live in Lithuania. Of course, Lithuanians are responsible and work hard, but they also know how to relax and enjoy their freedom. For example, you can go mushroom or berry picking, which is nothing less than a free session of the highest quality meditation and spiritual healing.

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A mushroom in Lithuania | ©darius_saulenas/Flickr