so, everyone is living on credit? na raty doesn't explain anything as that means that it's ono payments.. when your outgoing expenses are more then your income.. something doesn't add up which seems to be the norm in PL..
It's also because Poles are more willing to make sacrifices to live. The idea of a married couple sharing a flat with other people is almost unheard of in the UK for instance - but it's hardly out of the ordinary in Poland. Even in my block, there's plenty of examples of 5-6 people sharing a 3 roomed flat. It seems to be almost accepted that three generations of a family will be sharing the same place.
Likewise, I know of examples where two adult children and parents will be sharing a two roomed flat. For that reason, people can easily live on 2000.
But a foreigner coming to Poland won't be so happy to live in a shared flat. I've never understood why, to be honest - all it does is force them to end up paying a ridiculous amount for a 1 roomed flat through English speaking agents.
Here in Warsaw you're looking at 1800zl plus bills for 30sqm, one roomed place in the centre.
And beer costs 8zl to 10zl too!
8-10zl for beer? Bloody hell...5.50 in Poznan in anywhere that isn't 'tourist trap hellhole' - and even lower if you can bothered to look.
With what you can potentially get in Warsaw, 1800zl plus bills really isn't that much though.
It is not know how local Poles can live with high rental costs where the average wage is around the 3000zl mark per month.
As I said above, Poles will be making sacrifices in their living arrangements, combined with the advantage of not being ripped off by English-speaking letting companies that know that their clients will pay over the top.
Good Luck, oh finally you would proablly need 5000zl a month to live in warsaw and enjoy a good lifestyle.
That seems hideously unrealistic to be honest - unless you define 'good lifestyle' as 'expat hell'.