Dobrodošli to Montenegro

Montenegro is a moderately sized country in the Balkans with access to the sea and an almost 300-kilometer long coastline. There are warm beaches with transparent water, soaring mountains, 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and Montenegro’s very own version of the Grand Canyon around the Tara River.

It’s a great place for those who want to take a break from the never-ending commotion of the big cosmopolitan cities.

Climate

There are 4 climatic zones, so you can start your summer day by drinking cocktails on the well-heated sea coast and then travel to a mountainous region to enjoy a skiing session in the evening.

Sports & Activities

Boat tours, rowing and kayaking sessions, tandem paragliding, deep-sea fishing and sailing the tides — bay activities are extremely varied and popular. And don’t forget about the hiking.

Nature

Some picturesque towns to live in are Kotor, Tivat, Herceg Novi and Risan, located near the Bay of Kotor, the deepest fjord of Southern Europe and a place of astonishing beauty.

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Key Facts

The name Montenegro, or “Crna Gora” in the local language, literally means “Black Mountain”. The country is relatively young — it became a sovereign state in 2006.

The area of Montenegro is 13.8 thousand square kilometers. More than 40% of the territory is occupied by forests.

620,000

Population

Podgorica

Capital

Orthodox Christianity

Dominant religion

Montenegrin

Official language

Euro / EUR

Currency

Taxes

15.5%

Social Security tax

0–15%

Income tax

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Consultation on opening a bank account.

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Culture

The history of the people inhabiting present-day Montenegro goes back to the times of Ancient Greece. The food tradition is influenced by the Italian, Turkish, Levantine, Hungarian, and Croatian cuisines.

In daily life, Montenegrins adhere to the “polako”-lifestyle, which literally means “slow” — they are relaxed and in no hurry. Montenegro laziness championships are held every year. Participants lie down on a blanket — the rules allow them to sleep, read, eat, and take a bathroom break once in every 8 hours. The winner is the one who holds out longer.

Climate and Nature

Because of the altitude difference, the climate varies significantly throughout the country. There is the coastal zone on the Adriatic coast with Mediterranean climate, the mountain zone in the middle of the country with sub-alpine climate, and the continental zone with the warmest weather which also includes Podgorica, the capital of the country.

29°C

Average summer temperature

9°C

Average winter temperature

183

Average № of clear days per year

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Healthcare

State medicine in Montenegro is free. Foreigners need a residence permit and a medical card to receive treatment. If you plan to stay in Montenegro, get a long-term medical insurance. It can be provided by UNIQA — a large insurance company dominating the local market. The cost depends on the number of services included.

There is no free ambulance in Montenegro. You can only call a doctor from a private hospital.

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Private health insurance is provided to employees.

Education

Kindergartens

Preschool education is divided into nurseries for one-year-olds and above and kindergartens for kids aged 3 to 6. Parents are free to choose from the list of nurseries and kindergartens in their place of residence.

Public preschool facilities are financed by the state for the most part, but parents still have to pay a certain tuition fee. At kindergarten, children play with each other, connect with nature and perform creative tasks. Writing, reading and counting are introduced later at school.

Schools

Public schools are available for both locals and foreign immigrants. The language of tuition is Montenegrin. There are also international schools offering tuition in English or Russian. The British International School in Tivat trains students for Cambridge exams.

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Vast library of in-house e-learning solutions, courses, and trainings. EPAM provides an opportunity to participate in the eKids program and assistance with school education for employees’ children.

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