Ukraine is in Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east. Temperate continental; Mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast; precipitation disproportionately distributed, highest in west and north, lesser in east and southeast; winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland; summers are warm across the greater part of the country, hot in the south. Most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, mountains being found only in the west (the Carpathians), and in the Crimean Peninsula in the extreme south. The official language is Ukrainian, which is closely related to Russian and Belarusian. Russian is widely used in Ukraine, notably in the east, south, Kyiv and Crimea. However, there are local sensitivities; speaking Russian in the west of the country or speaking Ukrainian in the east or Crimea may cause offence. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Ukraine showed strong export-based growth of 5 to 10 percent, with industrial production growing more than 10 percent per year in the early 2000s before the impact of the financial crisis. Ukraine produces nearly all types of transportation vehicles and spacecraft. Antonov airplanes and KrAZ trucks are exported to many countries. The majority of Ukrainian exports are marketed to the European Union and CIS. Expatriate business dress is conservative in the form of dark suits for men and a dress or a skirt and blouse for women. The security risk for expatriates in Ukraine is high overall but extreme near the eastern border regions (Donetsk and Luhansk). Risks include protests, civilian clashes, weak rule of law, armed separatist militia groups, and sporadic fighting between rebels and government forces. The population in Ukraine is 45.4 Mil (2015 est.), while the inflation rate is 46.4% (2015 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Ukraine, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Ukraine as at 1 January 2016 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Very Low Ukraine is for example -43.7% cheaper than Bristol for groceries, 24.9% more expensive for household costs than Cardiff, and -50% cheaper for transport costs than Coventary. The hardship premium for the Ukraine for an expat from Milton Keynes, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (the Ukraine) premium of 40% minus home (Milton Keynes) location premium of 10%. Ukraine is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Ukraine? Register subscribe to your home location and Ukraine and run your personalised reports.