Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. Poland is in Central Europe, east of Germany. The climate is temperate with cold, cloudy, moderately severe winters with frequent precipitation and mild summers with frequent showers and thundershowers. The official language is Polish. It is a Slavonic language, learning a few basic words of Polish will be appreciated. Many Poles speak German and some also speak a little French. English is becoming increasingly common, particularly among the younger generation. Most shops, restaurants and hotels in Warsaw have English-speaking staff. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Poland is considered to be one of the healthiest economies of the post-communist countries, and is currently the fastest growing country within the EU. Expatriate business dress is generally conservative and formal, in the form of a suit and tie for men, and a dress or a suit for women. The security risk for expatriates in Poland is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag-snatching, and harassment of visibly minority groups. The currency of Poland is the Polish Zloty (PLN). Banking is on par with that of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good and private medical facilities are comparatively inexpensive. Tick-borne encephalitis is common. The population of Krakow is 1.7 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.5% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Krakow, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Krakow as at 1 January 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Very Low Krakow is for example -27% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, -20.6% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -9.5% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Krakow for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Krakow) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Krakow is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Krakow? Register subscribe to your home location and Krakow and run your personalised reports.