January 18, 2018
Forbes carries an interview with Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of the website Live and Invest Overseas, who discusses her top 10 places to “live very well for very little” in 2018, aimed at people who want to quit their jobs and leave the country. While Lisbon tops the list, Ljubljana comes in at number 7, and is the second most affordable location.
Peddicord highlights the varied topography or climate of Slovenia and proximity to other places of interest, and noting that the capital is a modern city with “small town charm”, as exemplified by the farmers selling their produce in the central market. Of perhaps more interest is Peddicord’s claim that a frugal couple could live in Ljubljana for 1,059 USD a month, or about 902 EUR when the figures were compiled in late 2017, presumably after taxes.
The full list of nations in the top 10, along with Peddicord’s estimated expenses for a couple, is as follows: Portugal (1,300 USD), Colombia (987 USD), the Dominican Republic (1,450 USD), Belize (1,965 USD), France (1,628 USD), Italy (1,400 USD), Slovenia (1,059 USD), Mexico (under 2,000 USD), Indonesia (1,671 USD), and Vietnam (1,175 USD). Visit Forbes for the cities in each case and more details of why they appeal.
Those curious to dig a little deeper into the figures are directed to Live and Invest Overseas’ more detailed post breaking down the monthly expenses of living in Ljubljana. In summary, the figures suggest a couple renting in the city will need pay 1,909.50 EUR, a couple owning their property 1,139.50 EUR, and, as noted above, the site claims that a penny-pinching couple can get by on 902 EUR.