Living in Montenegro: The Pros and Cons

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Montenegro has a relatively large expat community. Overall, it’s an attractive country for foreigners, but just like any other place on Earth, living there has its own advantages and disadvantages.
This article will explore the various pros and cons of living in this small, beautiful country in the Balkans.


If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing, or rafting, you will never be bored in Montenegro! For such a small country, nature is incredibly diverse. Beautiful mountains, lakes, and rivers in the North, and the beautiful beaches surrounded by the Adriatic Sea are unforgettable. Once you see it, you’ll understand why Montenegro has become a touristic force in the Balkans.

Cheap, high-quality food
Cuisine in Montenegro is definitely something special. The unique mix of the Mediterranean, Balkan and Turkish cuisines will make any foodie smile! What’s more, prices for both domestic and foreign products are quite low compared to other, more developed European nations.

Friendly people
Montenegrins are generally quite open and friendly. You won’t have issues with your neighbors, especially if you choose to move to a smaller community up in the North. Most Montenegrins speak English well, but learning some Montenegrin is advisable. You will undoubtedly have people to practice with, so why not?

Low taxes
Besides its lovely nature and welcoming atmosphere, Montenegro is also famous for its low tax rates. That, combined with the variety of government-supported business programs, it’s also a great place to start your own business.

Montenegro has low crime rates. Burglaries and violent crimes are extremely rare, especially in the North. Pickpocketing during the touristic season does happen, but it’s still a rare occasion. So, if you’re planning to move to Montenegro, you don’t have to worry about your safety. When it comes to political stability, the country is an official NATO member, and it’s on its way to becoming a full-blown EU member.


Even though Montenegro was proclaimed as the world’s first Ecological State, some trash problems still make an unsightly view. Of course, it’s not as bad as some people describe it to be. There need to be improvements in that aspect, but it’s still not overly excessive.

Montenegrin traffic is not very well regulated. Also, the road infrastructure in many parts of the country is not the best, so we advise you to be careful while driving there.

Even though smoking is now prohibited inside of public spaces such as cafes and restaurants, you still won’t be able to avoid cigarette smoke while in Montenegro. Almost everyone older than 40 is a smoker, and it’s also becoming a trend among the younger generations.

The bottom line
Overall, Montenegro is a great place to live in. Their low taxes and stable economy, combined with their beautiful nature and rich culture, make it an excellent place for anyone looking to start anew. Of course, it has its issues too, but the pros greatly overweigh the cons in our opinion!

Stevan. M

Stevan. M

Stevan is a Montenegro based writer and consultant

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