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Many dream of starting a life in Europe, but London, Vienna and Paris are not at all sympathetic to your wallet. A survey ranged 300 European cities according to the costs of living, divided in 13 categories, including the food, the costs of rent, recreation, education and health care. It does not come as a surprise that the 7 cheapest cities are situated in Eastern Europe.
7. Kishinev, Moldova
Currency: Moldovan leu
The consumer goods and alcohol are cheap. The warm summers and mild winters create ideal conditions for growing grapes, so you will find great wines here. Foreigners can find a job with great difficulty, and around 25% of Moldovans work abroad.
6. Bucharest, Romania
Currency: Romanian leu
Alcohol and tobacco are very cheap. Once known as Little Paris, Bucharest is a city with an eclectic culture which implies a great night life, beautiful architecture and numerous festivals throughout the year.
5. Skopje, Macedonia
Currency: Macedonian denar
Recreation, cultural events and restaurants are cheap. The city is a mix of Byzantine Christian and Islamic cultures. The massive earthquake of 1963 devastated most of the historical architecture, but the city was rebuilt and boasts of parks and remains of Ottoman architecture.
4. Pristina, Kosovo
Languages: Albanian and Serbian
Consumer goods and education are cheap. During the summer locals spend their time in the numerous cafes, where the basic rule is to be noticed, and not so much the drinking coffee ritual.
3. Sofia, Bulgaria
Currency: Bulgarian lev
Electricity, renting and taxes are cheap. Sofia is very well positioned, in the vicinity of the Black Sea and Turkey. The city is not very big, so it is easy to explore it on foot.
2. Tirana, Albania
Currency: Albanian lek
Consumer goods and health care are cheap. However, with daily electricity breakdowns and lack of railways, Tirana might not be the best place to live.
1. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Currency: convertible mark
Languages: Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian
Education and renting fees are cheap. Sarajevo can be described as a small town or a large village. The political corruption, the problems of postwar reconstruction and the social instability are visible all around.