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Living in Podgorica

Podgorica is the cultural heart of Montenegro. Living in Podgorica means that you can be involved in a buzzing art scene, with many cultural festivals and activities. Read up on living in Montenegro’s capital, from transportation to healthcare, in our InterNations Expat Guide.

Education in Podgorica

Expatriates working and living in Podgorica may want to send their children to an international school so that they can complete international qualifications or those of their home country. There are only two international schools in all of Montenegro - the QSI International School and Knightsbridge British School - but luckily they are both located in Podgorica.

Many expatriates living in Podgorica also choose to send their children to schools in nearby European nations, or in their home country. Whilst many children in Montenegro speak English and other European languages, the public school system is taught in Montenegrin.

Podgorica is also home to most of the universities in Montenegro, including the University of Montenegro, the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Mediterranean University. As the oldest and best regarded, the University of Montenegro attracts many international students, which contributes greatly to the expatriate community living in Podgorica.

Culture and Leisure

As the capital city of Montenegro, Podgorica is home to many of the country's cultural institutions, such as the Montenegrin National Theatre, The Natural History Museum and the Dvorac Petrovića.

The city also has a buzzing art scene, as typified by the Modern Arts Centre (Centar savremenih umjetnosti), which is home to many works of art from Montenegro and around the world.

Living in Podgorica also means you can attend any one of its many cultural festivals, including the Podgorica Cultural Summer, the December Arts Scene, and the International Alternative Theatre Festival.

Podgorica is also home to Montenegro's most famous football team, FK Budućnost Podgorica, as well as smaller clubs FK Zeta and FK Kom. The famous chess player Slavko Dedić is also from the city and chess remains a popular sport amongst young people.

As the capital city many of the country's media outlets are based in Podgorica, including TV networks and radio stations, which film and record programs around the city.

Transportation in Podgorica

As the capital city, Podgorica is the main transport hub of Montenegro, and as such its road system is normally busy with traffic. However, its multi-lane inner city road network means that road travel in the city center is usually easier than travelling on the outskirts, and as such many people living in Podgorica tend to drive.

As it is still developing as a country, the Montenegrin road system is not of the same quality as many other European countries, but two major motorways that will connect the city with the rest of the country are currently under construction.

Public transport in Podgorica consists of two major bus networks, which provide transport all across the city. However, as taxis are usually cheaper and more reliable, many people living in Podgorica tend to use those rather than the buses.

There is no inner city train service, but Podgorica is a stop on the Montenegrin rail network, which connects it with many other towns and cities across Montenegro.

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