Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is known as the city that never sleeps. Of course, the city earned this nickname because of its worldwide famous nightlife. Its youngest inhabitants are real insomniacs, so it’s not uncommon to step off the bus/ train/ plane in the early morning hours, only to be greeted with the sound of loud music coming from bars or not so pleasant sight of drunk people stumbling down the street.
That being said, if you are young, full of energy and frequent bar visitor, Belgrade is the city of your dreams, providing the best nightlife experience in Europe.
Belgrade for Families (And People Who Don’t Party)
But what if you do not like partying and prefer healthy, family life?
Belgrade is located at the confluence of two rivers with an amazing riverside and it’s full of greenery, parks and large, open spaces, making it a great living option for families with kids.
Kalemegdan, the Belgrade fortress is the city’s most famous spot, steeped in history and with a beautiful view over the rivers. And it is not only Kalemegdan, but many other places and historical buildings in Belgrade tell the story of its glorious and often turbulent history at the crossroads of many empires. It’s never boring in Belgrade, that’s for sure.
Those who like old-school bohemian lifestyle will enjoy the Bohemian quarter- Skadarlija. Skadarlija is Belgrade’s Montmartre with a cobblestone promenade, cafés preserving the spirit of old Belgrade and restaurants with live music (usually traditional Serbian music) and national specialties (you should not miss Karađorđeva šnicla).
Expats who come to live in Belgrade, usually have no problems integrating into the community and there is a good reason for this. People from Belgrade and Serbs, in general, are known for their hospitality and warm and friendly nature.
They may seem too inquisitive, asking: “Why did you come to Serbia, do you like it here?” but it is only because they are aware of all the negative press they received in the past and overly eager to break the stereotypes.
Moving to Belgrade
If you are moving to Belgrade, you can be sure that everyone will lend a helping hand and do all they can to make you feel at home. What further helps the integration process is that the majority of young people speak English really well (having been introduced to it at a young age).
Ah, and let’s not forget…if you are single, once you come to Belgrade you will find it difficult to keep that relationship status. Serbian women are well-known head-turners (think Ana Ivanovic) and tall and handsome Serbian men are not lagging far behind.
When it comes to Belgrade’s healthcare system, the healthcare facilities are below international standards but to compensate for that, medical staff is very well trained. On top of that, there are a lot of private hospitals with better infrastructure and equipment.
Belgrade is the financial center of Serbia and Southeastern Europe with more employment opportunities than anywhere else in Serbia, but its unemployment rate sits at around 20% and the average monthly salary is around 1000 dollars. On a more positive note, costs of living are much lower than in other European capitals and expats have more employment opportunities in international companies or language schools.
Is Belgrade a Good City for Expats?
All in all, even though not all is milk and honey, Belgrade is a great city for expats. It’s steeped in history, culturally diverse and full of friendly people willing to help every foreigner.