As the capital city and administrative center of Montenegro, Podgorica is home to around 30% of the country's population with 160,000 inhabitants in 2014. It is also the largest city in Montenegro, the metropolitan area spanning 1,441 km2, which accounts for over 10% of the entire country.
Over half of the population is native Montenegrins, with large Serbian, Albanian, and Bosniak communities. There is also a growing expatriate community, who work mainly in government and the financial sector. The official language of the city and country is Montenegrin, but most of the younger generations also speak English, Serbian and other European languages.
Although Montenegro is not yet a full member of the European Union, EU nationals and those from the USA and Canada do not need a visa to legally enter Montenegro and stay for 90 days.
However, if you wish to move to Podgorica and start to work there, then you will need to apply for a long stay visa and a work permit (see below). The long-stay visa is valid for between 90 days and six months, and can be renewed should you wish to stay for longer than that period. If you are a citizen of the EU, USA or Canada, you can apply for your long-stay visa once you have entered the country.
However, citizens from other nations wishing to move to Podgorica should apply for their long-stay visa before arriving through their local embassy or consulate; where nations do not have a Montenegrin embassy; you can do so through the Serbian embassy.
Podgorica has a unique climate. As it is located so close to the Adriatic Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, it has a Mediterranean climate. However, its close proximity to the Dinaric Alps means that it also experiences more high winds and precipitation than the standard Mediterranean climate.
It does, however, have Mediterranean hot, dry summers, with temperatures around 25 °C, and cool winters around 8°C. Snow is uncommon, but expatriates moving to Podgorica can expect a few days each year with some snowfall. The city experiences around 120 rainy days in a year.