It is necessary to discuss the quality and costs of the country's transport, rent, food, education and health services to understand the living conditions of Montenegrin citizens. Montenegro is cheaper in comparison to European countries with its high level socio-economic structure and life satisfaction.
Increasing welfare and ever-increasing economic factors due to the EU process allow Montenegro to have similar conditions to European countries, even if it has not yet received its EU membership.
Social Life in Montenegro
Montenegro is a heaven on earth with its wonderful nature and warm-blooded people and it is also the first and only ecological country in the world. Crime rates across the country are the lowest in Europe and the Balkans which contributes greatly to social life. Montenegro is a country full of trust and peace. The slow country analogy of some visitors actually fits well with Montenegro.
The fact that there are many different ethnic structures in the country plays an important role in the tolerance of Montenegrins towards foreigners.
In Montenegro's largest city Podgorica, average salaries range from 350 to 500 euros. Montenegro is a small but charming country and there is no room for fuss. Nature is everywhere with a different landscape and character. Thanks to the fairy tale features, there is not much room for stres with more than 40 lakes, rivers, turquoise beaches, stone houses.
Average Age of Montenegro Citizens:
• Under 15 years; 18.20%
• 15 to 29 years; 19.80%
• 30 to 44 years of age; 21.20%
• 45 to 59 years; 19.90%
• 60 to 74 years of age; 14.70%
• 75 to 84 years of age; 5.00%
• 85 and above; 1.20%
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.
Montenegro Food Prices
Living conditions in Montenegro are cheaper in winter. Prices are increasing in summer, especially in the southern regions since there are too many tourist visiting. The food prices are roughly the same as in Russia or Turkey. As can be seen in the table below, some products may have price changes according to the season.
Montenegro Special Offers
Montenegrin cuisine has a wide range. Montenegro is very rich in food and restaurants since there are many different ethnic structures in the country. Plus, the country was ruled by many different cultures ranging from Venetians to Ottomans which also influenced the available food variety.
5 Balkan dishes you should try when you visit Montenegro:
• Buzara; a wonderful seafood platter made with mussels and shrimp.
• Priganice; a classic and wonderful Montenegrin donut plate (like our bagel, eaten with honey).
• Riblja; famous Montenegrin fish soup.
• Gavick; small fish fried in flour, easy to find in restaurants.
Montenegro Education System
The Montenegrin education system is free of charge except for private schools and is at the European level since it was developed during the Yugoslavian era. The total duration of education is 9 years but it is divided into three-year sections. Compulsory education covers the ages of 6-15, children start primary school at the age of 7. The academic year consists of two semesters as in most countries.
There are private schools giving education in English. The total number of these private schools in Tivat and Podgorica is 3.
In Montenegro, private universities charge an average of € 8,000 per year, while public universities are free of charge.
Montenegro Health System
In Montenegro, the health system is free of charge in public hospitals as long as your insurance premiums are paid. The doctors are very knowledgeable and well trained. Turkish Acıbadem Hospitals group opened a facility in Podgorica. There is no difficulty in finding drugs.
Health services in Montenegro are provided by Dom Zdravlja, hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. In addition, private health services are also in effect. The health sector is financed by insurance funds, public funds and funds allocated from the Montenegrin Ministry of Finance.
The Montenegrin government is making significant investments on both highways and regional roads. In Montenegro, where many highways will be put into service by 2025, mainly Chinese companies carry out road services. The average price of gasoline is 1.35 Euros per liter. The monthly public transport ticket per person is 29 Euros.
The Montenegrin railways are electric and they are 250 km long. Existing railways run from Bar Harbor to Podgorica, Niksic, Serbia and again through Podgorica to Albania.
Bar Port is the leader in sea transportation in terms of passenger and cargo transportation and there are 4 more ports in the country.
Taxis in Montenegro are affordable for urban transport, but when you are out of town then it might get expensive. In traffic, drivers respect each other and pedestrians. You do not hear much horn.
Government of Montenegro
Montenegro has been governed by the parliamentary system since it declared its independence in 2006 with a referendum that resulted in a 55% majority vote. The president of the country is elected in five-year terms. In Montenegro, executive, legislative and judicial bodies operate independently from each other. There are a total of 20 towns in the country.
Montenegro House Rentals
House prices in Montenegro are high due to tourists in the south, and relatively low in other central and northern parts. Prices are increasing every year and new housing projects are being implemented.
In Montenegro, the average electricity, water and heating costs of a house between 80 to 100 m2 is about 90 Euros per month.
36% of the population live in undeveloped areas and 64% live in cities. Montenegro's traditional culture is composed of patriarchal families who once lived as tribes in their respective regions.
The average hotel rate in Montenegro is 90 Euros per night, but the cheapest hostel price starts from 15 Euros.
Montenegro and the Arts
Montenegro is highly developed in the fields of music and architecture. Among the historical monuments of architecture is St. Kotor. The Tryphon cathedral and the Huseyin Pasa mosque in Pljevlia are very important works. The old capital Cetinje has a large number of historical buildings.
Theaters, art galleries, museums and libraries are common although the population is small. There are also many festivals in each region.
Montenegro is Waiting for You
In Montenegro you don't feel like a stranger, it is pretty much as if there are no natives of the country. It is easy to adapt to country conditions. The main reasons for this is because you can make easy friendships. They try to help you immediately if you need help.
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