Moving to Montenegro
Despite its small size, expats moving to Montenegro will be treated to life in a geographically diverse country. From its Balkan coast to clear lakes, fast flowing rivers and majestic mountains, Montenegro is a country blessed with natural beauty.
Montenegro is a young country, only officially gaining independence in 2006 after nearly a century of being part of various federations. However, in its brief existence it has experienced rapid development.
Most of Montenegro's small expat community is found in the capital city, Podgorica, and consists of diplomatic personnel and those working for international organisations and NGOs. The number of expats moving to Montenegro to set up businesses and take advantage of the country’s growth in tourism is also on the rise.
While the younger generation of Montenegrins will often speak English, German or French, it's wise for expats to learn basic Serbian or Montenegrin to improve their interaction with the locals and have a richer understanding of their unique culture.
There are a number of international schools in Montenegro, located mostly in Podgorica. However, as space is limited, many expats send their children to boarding schools in their home country or elsewhere in Europe.
The number of private hospitals in Montenegro is increasing quickly. However, healthcare isn’t always up to the standards that those from North America or Western Europe may be accustomed to. While nationals of EU member states are entitled to free healthcare, it is best for expats to have private health insurance that entitles them to private medical treatment.
Crime isn't a major concern for expats living in Montenegro, but like in other parts of Europe, it is best to be vigilant in crowded town centres or on public transport where pickpockets are known to target foreigners.
Montenegro is not the most well-equipped destination for expats, but its rapid development and progress means that more and more foreigners are seeing its economic potential, especially considering its convenient location and access to the European market. Therefore, those who have the opportunity to experience expat life in Montenegro should make the most of what the country has to offer.