How To Open A Bank Account In Poland

If you are moving to Poland, you may want to open a new bank account. Even if you plan to maintain existing chequing or savings accounts at home, in order to pay certain bills or to manage your savings, you may find that you need a local account too. A local account will allow you … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Poland?

Poland offers free, government-funded healthcare to the large majority of its residents. Despite this, the country has a lower-than-EU-average life expectancy of 78 years (the average being 81 years). Women live, on average, eight years longer than men, as they experience lower rates of suicide, alcoholism, and socioeconomic deprivation.Overall, public healthcare in Poland is adequate, … Read more

What Cover Is Available For Sports Injuries In Poland

A wide variety of sports are played in Poland. As an expat, you shouldn’t have too much difficulty in finding a group, club or facility to join. Soccer is the most popular team game, with hundreds of teams across the country at various different levels. Volleyball is also popular, and, at time of writing, the … Read more

How To Look After Your Mental Health In Poland

Looking after your mental health is important wherever you are, but it can become particularly important when you are living in a new country and are far from friends and family. If you are an expat living in Poland, then note that there is still some stigma around mental health issues, and many Poles are … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Poland?

Poland is a popular destination for medical tourists, and expats living there find that they can access high-quality treatment at much lower costs than in the UK and the USA. The Polish government has a strict regulatory regime for medical professions, which is applied to private hospitals and clinics as well as those run by … Read more

What Options Are Available For Chronically Ill Expats in Poland

Poland has a national healthcare system, which everyone living and working in the country is obliged to pay into, and which is free at point of access. Retired expats can pay into the scheme voluntarily.Although the Polish government is presently engaged in a scheme to improve facilities and access to healthcare, the national service remains … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Poland

If you are living and working in Poland, you will have a number of options when it comes to healthcare. Firstly, there’s cover under the national health insurance scheme. Secondly, you can opt to pay for treatment out of pocket. And thirdly, you can take out private health insurance, whether you arrange this yourself or … Read more

How Does Cancer Care In Poland Compare With The UK?

Both Poland and the UK have nationalised healthcare systems that provide free healthcare for residents and citizens at the point of use. Though the UK’s oncological treatment has been flagged in the Telegraph as being worse than that of the average European nation, it offers better treatment options than Poland for some diagnoses. However, Poland … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Poland

Poland (officially the Republic of Poland) is a Central European country, which is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions. With a population of nearly 38.5 million people, Poland is the fifth most populous member state of the European Union. The country covers some 312,696 square kilometres (120,733 sq mi) and mostly enjoys a temperate climate. The … Read more

Complementary Therapies In Poland And How To Access Them

Living in a new country, particularly if you are not yet fluent in the local language, can be stressful and isolating. It’s important to look after yourself, and complementary and alternative therapies can be a good way of achieving this.Complementary therapies are relatively new to Poland – they were rare in the communist era. They … Read more

How To Find A Job In Poland

Poland is increasingly becoming a popular destination with expats seeking employment. The country has recently been designated as one of the top 25 economies in the world, with the 6th largest GDP in the EU, and a wide range of opportunities are available, particularly in urban centres such as Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan. Salaries may … Read more

Five Things To Know Before Moving To Poland

One of the fastest-growing EU economies, Poland is also rising in the rankings of popular destinations for expats. The country moved from 23rd to 13th in this year’s HSBC Expat League Table, and it’s among the five best countries in Europe for digital nomads, according to the Remote Workers Index by Plusnet.But before you pack … Read more

Jonny Blair, Warsaw

Who are you? I am Jonny Blair, a travelling Northern Irishman who first visited Poland in 2005. I grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland in the 1980s and since my teens, I have backpacked to 151 countries (disputed or not) around the world, visiting all 7 continents in the process, working in numerous jobs along … Read more

Carlos Vázquez, Warsaw

Who are you? My name is Carlos Vázquez, I am from León, Spain, but currently, I live in the capital of Poland, Warsaw, for the past year and a half. Since I started living here, I decided to create my website “Yo en Polonia” meaning “Me in Poland” where I write about many topics and … Read more

David Huerta, Warsaw

Who are you? Hi Expat Focus friends, my name is David Huerta, I’m from Mexico City but I’ve been living in Warsaw, Poland for the last four years. I have a blog about Poland called ‘Chido-Fajny’ (‘chido’ means ‘cool’ in English, and ‘fajny’ means ‘cool’ in Polish). I’m a big football fan, my favorite teams … Read more

9 Things You Need To Know If You’re Moving To Poland

Here are nine things you should be aware of if you’re planning a move to Poland. English is widely spoken Lots of Polish people can speak English, although some are shy and hesitant about doing so.This means communication in the office and when socialising is much easier since the Polish language itself is very difficult … Read more

Franklin And Danielle, Wroclaw

Who are you? We’re Franklin and Danielle, two travelers seeking a life free of monotony. Where, when and why did you move abroad? Danielle: Seems like a simple question but it’s actually a bit more complex. I first moved abroad during University and lived in Spain for a semester.There I was bitten by the travel … Read more

Poland – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Poland and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Discover PolandFacebook Page | Twitter What is … Read more

Leah Morawiec, Gliwice

Who are you? My name’s Leah and I’m an American from Orlando, Florida living in Poland for the past 6 years. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved abroad after doing a 2-month volunteer program in Poland where I met a guy I liked. I decided to move to Poland to be … Read more

Matt Sutton, Krakow

Who are you?My name is Matt Sutton, I’m 36 years old and originally from Surrey, UK. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I came to Krakow, Poland in January 2011 just after my 30th birthday as I was working for a large online travel company who were moving their operations to Poland.I was … Read more

Poland – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Poland and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Twisted Red Ladybug A Polish vacation changed Anda’s life; it resulted in … Read more

Tiffany Horan, Warsaw

Who are you? I’m a twenty five year old British artist, theorist and PhD candidate (Polska Akademia Nauk). I currently work as an interdisciplinary teacher in Warsaw, Poland (previously Taiwan). Where, when and why did you move abroad? Although I was born in the UK, I was brought up in the United Arab Emirates. My … Read more

Ten Polish Words That Don’t Translate Into English

For people who are good at picking up languages, one of the most enjoyable aspects of living in a new country is the opportunity to learn a new language and practice conversing in it with native speakers. Of course different people find joy in different aspects of new languages – for those who are passionate … Read more

Poland – Top Five Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Poland and some of the bloggers who write about living there. The Home Of The Twisted Red Ladybug A self-confessed travel lover and photo … Read more

A Guide To Employment Laws In Poland

Poland is the only European Union member nation that hasn’t been struck by the recession. As such, there has been a steady stream of foreign investment into the country and employment opportunities for foreigners have increased. Since Poland is a EU country, members of other EU and EEA countries do not require a special work … Read more

Giving Birth In Poland As An Expat

Having a baby in a foreign country need not be a daunting experience for an expat; all it takes is a little bit of preparation. Here are a few tips that could make it much easier for you to have a baby in this country. 1. Get your insurance in order Contrary to what most … Read more

Expat Family Friendly Things To Do In Poland

In recent years, Poland has become increasingly popular as an expat location. As expat locations go, it’s pretty amazing – Poland is definitely a modern European country with all (or at least most) of the infrastructure and facilities you could want. However, there is also a great deal of history and tradition everywhere, including in … Read more

Anthony Casey, Kraków

I’m Anthony Casey. I was bored with the UK, struggling to find work in my own field as a freelance writer, journalist and editor, and wanted something new. So I came to Kraków, Poland. The ‘why?’ has many answers. I loved the Top Trumps card game as a child, and my favourite set was ‘Cities … Read more