Cost of Living in Lithuania
The cost of living in Lithuania is relatively lower compared to other European states. It is also the most affordable in the Baltic region; its price level can be closely associated with those in Latin America. Aside from cheaper goods and services, Lithuania has the lowest tax rate in the EU at 15% for both individuals and corporations.
A foreign student attending a University in the capital city of Vilnius would need a monthly allowance of €490. Monthly accommodation in a University residence costs around €100. A one-month supply of groceries is estimated at €175 while toiletries cost about €30. Study materials, including notebooks, pens and materials, are for €45; leisure activities and other expenses are estimated at €141 per month. These are approximate figures based on 2014 prices. A student’s cost of living is primarily dependent on his habits and lifestyle.
An expat from Germany would spend 70% to 100% less in Lithuania, making the Baltic state a cheap European destination. A bag of groceries that cost €50 in Lithuania would cost €85 in Germany. Transportation expenses are 55% more costly in Berlin than in Vilnius while communication channels (telephone and internet) are 73% more expensive in Germany than in its Baltic neighbour.
Healthcare in Lithuania is one of the most affordable in Europe. A German expat would find medical services in Lithuania 167% cheaper than back home. The country provides free medical care, including ambulatory services, for all citizens and permanent residents. Many expats, however, prefer private insurance coverage which guarantees better services at lower costs.
The quality of healthcare in Lithuania is relatively low compared to other EU states. Medical facilities are lacking in equipment, supplies and medicines. Lithuanian medical providers, however, are well-qualified; Lithuanian cardiologists are regarded as the most advanced in the former Soviet Union. State-funded healthcare centres offer outpatient services including general practice, maternity and child care, and dental care. A wide range of specialist services is also available in hospitals and clinics in all major towns and cities across the country.
Income levels in the Baltic state are relatively lower than other EU states. When compared to US rates, the average annual wage in Lithuania is USD $4,686. A typical worker in the US earns USD $15,080 each year, based on 2009 prices. The hourly rate in Lithuania is USD $2.25, way below the USD $7.25 across the US. Both countries observe a 40-hour workweek.
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