What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

Very expensive. Some people had weekly or biweekly cleaners; very, very few had nannies. - Sep 2020


There really are very limited options here, and very expensive. We had a "cleaning" lady come for four hours a week at 70 euros a pop, and she didn't clean at all. It's very difficult to find anyone. - Mar 2020


I hired a member of the char force at the Consulate to clean every other week. He charged me 15E an hour plus supplies and did a great job. - Feb 2020


Few people have domestic help. It's expensive and complex in Europe. - Sep 2019


We hired someone through word of mouth at the consulate to clean four hours each week for 60E. I would say most folks rely on day care rather than sitters/nannies and relatively few hire cleaners, etc. - Apr 2019


We had a cleaning person come in 4 hours per week for 50 euro per week. It was worth it. - Sep 2017


Almost impossible. Either they will charge you an arm and a leg (350 euros for one cleaning of your apartment) or are so flaky they rarely show up. We did find a cleaning lady for 40 euros per visit, but she flaked out at least half the time. Hiring an American on compound for babysitting/pet-sitting is a better bet but options are limited. - Jan 2017


No clue. I'd imagine it's not cheap. - Aug 2016


Expensive I have heard. - Feb 2016


Expensive - Dec 2015


Available but expensive. A lot of Croatian women work as domestics for approximately 12 Euro per hour. - Mar 2014


Domestic help available but very expensive. - Nov 2013


Yes, not too bad, but not cheap either. - Apr 2012


Expensive. - Mar 2012


Forget about it. - Oct 2011


Expensive. The dollar isn't doing too well aginst the euro. - Jul 2008


Domestic help is available but it's expensive - 10/12 Euros/hour. - Feb 2008


We haven't had any help but many people do. It's probably about the same as the D.C. area. - Jan 2008


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