Labor market – vacancies, jobs
The likelihood of being employed in a local company is very low because of the required knowledge of Georgian. In addition, the average wage of just under € 400 per month is very low.
However, there is a significant shortage of well-trained professionals. Most of the professions offered by international companies belong to the following professional groups:
- Education / further training
- IT specialists
- Communication (call center)
- International sales
- Skilled workers and engineers
According to countryvv, the wages are usually below the German level but above the local level in Georgia. Emigrants with German language skills benefit from a locally above-average wage with low cost of living at the same time (geo-arbitrage). Tip: Emigrants can still apply for a job in Germany. With a job offer, emigrating is much easier.
Health insurance in Georgia
There is no compulsory health insurance in Georgia. If you still want to get health insurance, you can do so by taking out a foreign health insurance or a Georgian health insurance. Depending on the service, health insurance in Georgia costs between 13 and 25 euros per month. Well-known Georgian insurance providers are gpih.ge, unison.ge and imedil.ge. The quality of medical care depends on the area and location (city or country).
Cost of living
You need around 1,370.96 € (5,486.63 GEL) in Tbilisi to maintain the same standard of living that you get with 3,700.00 € in Berlin (including rent in the city).
- Consumer prices in Tbilisi are 60.58% lower than in Berlin (excluding rent)
- The rental prices in Tbilisi are 68.29% lower than in Berlin
- Restaurant prices in Tbilisi are 58.73% lower than in Berlin
- Food prices in Tbilisi are 59.24% lower than in Berlin
- The local purchasing power in Tbilisi is 69.36% lower than in Berlin
Average cost of living in Tbilisi (from 01/2020 – 12/2020)
|Restaurant||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Food, price w. restaurant||4.99||3.49 – 7.49|
|Middle class, 3 courses for 2 people.||16.22||12.28-29.94|
|Local beer, 0.5 l||0.75||0.50 – 1.25|
|Imported beer, 0.33 l||1.25||0.75 – 1.75|
|Coca / Pepsi (0.33 l)||0.51||0.27-0.75|
|Water (0.33 l)||0.23||0.12-0.50|
|Food||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Milk (1 L)||0.87||0.75-1.00|
|White bread (500g)||0.28||0.20-0.50|
|Rice (white), (1kg)||0.93||0.50 – 1.25|
|Local cheese (1kg)||3.67||2.50-5.74|
|Chicken breast fillet (1kg)||3.01||1.75-3.74|
|Beef (1kg)||5.42||3.74 – 6.74|
|Bananas (1kg)||0.97||0.75 – 1.25|
|Oranges (1kg)||0.88||0.62 – 1.12|
|Tomatoes (1kg)||0.76||0.30 – 1.25|
|Lettuce (1 head)||0.51||0.25-0.75|
|Water (1.5 l)||0.30||0.20-0.37|
|Bottle of wine (middle class)||3.74||2.25-4.99|
|Local beer (0.5 l)||0.72||0.61-0.87|
|Imported beer (0.33 l)||1.02||0.75 – 1.25|
Other average prices of Tbilisi (from 01/2020 – 12/2020)
|Mode of Transport||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Taxi base amount||0.81||0.50 – 1.25|
|Taxi 1 km||0.25||0.14-0.50|
|Ancillary housing costs||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|for 85 sqm apartment (electricity, water, garbage, etc.||55.66||35.79-79.85|
|1 minute prepaid mobile tariff||0.06||0.02-0.07|
|Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable / ADSL)||12.14||7.49-14.97|
|clothing||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||45.53||14.97-74.86|
|Summer dress (Zara, H&M,…||28.69||14.97-44.91|
|Nike sports shoes, middle class||68.32||49.90 – 87.33|
|Leather business shoes||95.62||49.90-142.23|
|leisure time||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Fitness center, month / adult||25.04||12.48-29.94|
|Tennis, 1 hour on weekends||7.90||4.99-9.98|
|a movie ticket||3.74||2.99-4.74|
|training||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Preschool / Kindergarten, private, whole day, monthly per child||92.32||62.38-124.76|
|International primary school per year and child||2,215.90||1,247.59-3,368.50|
Real estate acquisition and investments
Georgian legislation allows EVERYONE to purchase real estate or land in Georgia without exception. Buying and registering real estate or land in Georgia is very easy and transparent. The buyer only needs a passport. In the House of Justice there is a model contract that is signed in three copies. One copy each for the buyer, one for the seller and one for the register. If the buyer does not speak the Georgian language, the sales contract must be translated into his native language.
If one claims one of the many real estate agencies in Georgia, a brokerage commission of 3-5% of the transaction amount is due.
It is highly recommended that you research the property carefully before purchasing. To do this, you can check the status of the property in the cadastre of the public register. To do this, turn to the House of Justice. There you get an extract from the property with information about the actual owner as well as all existing encumbrances or restrictions of the property.
In comparison to Germany, the rental prices in Georgia are very low. Of course, the rental price always depends on the location and the standard. Rent prices are highest in the capital. Although rents are not much higher in the suburbs of the capital, the standard of living is higher.
In order to rent an apartment with German standards, you have to reckon with 400-500 euros. Real estate exchanges in Georgia include myhome.ge and ss.ge. Commission-free real estate according to German standards is available on Wohnen.ge. The offer comes from a German emigrant in Georgia.
Average rental prices / purchase and salaries of Tbilisi (from 01/2020 – 12/2020)
|Monthly rental price||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in the city center||295.82||174.66-409.21|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside the center||176.60||99.81-249.53|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city center||585.35||299.42-898.27|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside the center||365.00,||199.61-623.80|
|Purchase price of apartments||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Price per square meter for an apartment in the city – purchase||1,046.14||748.56 – 1,247.59|
|Price per square meter – apartment outside the center – purchase||602.40||449.13-748.56|
|wages||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Average monthly salary (after taxes)||273.78||–|
Taxes and expenses
Anyone who lives in Georgia for more than 183 days becomes taxable there. Income earned in Georgia or from Georgia must be taxed in Georgia. Income from abroad such as pensions, rents and dividends are tax-free, as is income from companies based in other countries. Income tax in Georgia is generally 20%. Otherwise there are no further taxes.
Taxpayers must register with the tax authorities (Revenue Service – rs.ge) in the database. There is such an authority in every major city. Most of the staff speaks good English and the documents to be filled out are in several languages.
Emigration and Living Georgia
Immigration to Georgia is quite easy. Georgians are extremely hospitable. The low prices compared to Germany (LHK-I 42.7) enable a high quality of life. Georgia is also connected to inexpensive international airlines, which enables high mobility within Europe and around the world. The EU driving license is also accepted without any problems in Georgia. Whether you want to open a bank account or buy a property – everything is very easy to obtain.