I’m Phil. I’m an Australian who has been living in Warsaw, Poland for a little over 18 months. Nearly 2 years, now that I think about it.

In that time, I’ve learned a lot about myself. A lot about Poland and Warsaw. I love this place. I love the country, the culture, the people.

I made this image, using information from the Polish government to show a little about exactly who else calls Poland home.

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Anyway, Uber drivers, friends of friends, colleagues – they all constantly ask me ‘Oh wow, Australia, WOW no way! Why are you here?’ They’re even more blown away when I tell them that there’s a small community of Australians and Kiwis (New Zealanders) that call Warsaw home.

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That’s not me, that’s Ryan – my fellow Melbournian who also lives in Warsaw.

In my hometown of Melbourne, Australia, we’re known for a huge Greek and Italian population. The smells, sounds and tastes down Lygon St on any night of the week rival that of Rome, Athens and Naples.

There’s the Asian communities in (believe it or not) China town, Springvale and Box Hill that add so much colour and vibrancy to our city – and yes, there’s even a Polish community. Every Saturday, as close to November 11 as possible, Melbourne celebrates the Polish Festival in Federation Square.

These cultures are one of the many things that make Australia rich and beautiful.

In my time here, I’ve met people from some far off countries – some countries that I can’t even locate on a map – As a geography nerd, that’s a little disappointing.







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So many people, from so many countries, have fallen in love with Warsaw, and with Poland.

They have made a decision to leave their lives and reside here.

They choose to be here.

They want to be here.

These people add value to Warsaw. These people are part of what makes Warsaw so brilliant. We bring cultures from all over the world into one of the most forgotten cities of Europe. The way these people segregate into Polish culture and celebrate it is a beautiful sight.

And that’s what this blog is for.

Expats of Poland.

Foreigners in Poland.

My goal is to hear the stories of foreigners in Poland, who come from all over the world.

On occasions, I may get a little passionate, too.

From Rzeszow to Zielona Gora, from Racibórz to Gdynia, my aim is to take the stories of foreigners in Poland and show Poles, Europeans, Australians and any other nationality that this country is loved, cherish, respected and desired by all walks of life.


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Danielle · March 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm

Heya. I’m Danielle .I’m south African and study in Warsaw . I’m in my final year but finding it hard to enjoy my time here. It is a great city but tough to get out and meet people due to schedules . I was just wondering if you maybe had some ideas for someone to do things to make it bit better.

    Phil Forbes · March 4, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Hey Danielle! I’ve not met many South Africans here! Hmm, I guess it depends what you’re into really. There’s always a lot happening in the expats in Warsaw Facebook group – have you checked that out?

William · March 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm

From Fiji, but staying in Krakow for 5 months now… doing some research with AGH University..

Assol · March 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Hi! I am doing research about Kazakh people in Poland. Do you know the approximate number of Kazakh people? I still could not find.

Martin Müller · April 7, 2018 at 7:33 am

Hi all
I’m a South African currently working on Germany since February. In August my work assignment takes me to Wroclaw. I am super excited. I have been there on a few occasions for a couple of days and it is beautiful. I’m looking for an apartment close to the city center. At least 2 bedrooms – my family is joining me at the end of the year. Apartment needs to be dog friendly!
Appreciate any advice.

    Phil Forbes · April 7, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Hey Martin, nice to hear from you!

    My best suggestion is to look online – is the place to go 😉

Mike · April 12, 2018 at 8:18 am

Hi Phil hows it going man? my name’s Mike and I’m an Englishman with a polish wife. We have a little girl and are expecting another and now are seriously considering a move to Poland. My wifes family live In a village just 15 minutes from the rzeszow city center. We’ve been coming to Poland for holidays for the past 10 years and have always been teasing the thought of moving here permanantly as it’s such a beautiful country with such lovely people. It’s a no brainer for my wife but I have a few reservations. I’m just worried things might go tits up and we make a mistake. I guess what I’m trying to say is, do u have any advice and what is the hardest part about moving here?

    Phil Forbes · April 12, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Hey Mike!
    Nice to kinda meet you! Rzeszow is a beautiful part of Poland. Very untouched by tourists – which I guess is a good thing if you wanna live there 😀

    I can understand your concerns – especially with a young bub and another in the oven. Look man, I hate to be all romantic about it, but you’re never going to know if you don’t do it. As you said, the people are so friendly here and that’ll play most of a bearing on your life – how you interact with people. I guess you need to also know what are you going to do for you. If you want to chat a bit more about it, feel free to email me! 🙂

    Sabina · April 30, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Mike. Just found your comment about you possibly moving with your family to Poland. I’m actually in the process of looking for participants for House Hunters International tv program. We are looking for expats moving to Poland! Are you looking to buy or rent a flat, an apartment or a house? Or maybe you have just rented one? Share you story with us! Start your adventure on our set! If you are interested, please let me know.

Richard Barker · May 20, 2018 at 4:46 pm

Hi. I am currently living in the UK with my Polish wife. We are considering to quit our jobs, sell our house and move to Krakow to start afresh. Our main motivation is for a better quality of life – financially and socially. We both have pretty good jobs in international industries. Im curious to see how other expats have found life in Poland and if our dreams of better stability and life could be real.

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