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Ukraine, All Areas

Ukraine, All Areas

Cost of living in the Ukraine, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at July 2023.

What is it like to live in the Ukraine?

Climate: The climate is temperate continental and mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast. 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.

Language: 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.

Religion: Christianity.

Economy: 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.

Inflation: 11.3% for the Ukraine as at July 2023.

Money: The currency of Ukraine is the Ukraine Hryvnia (UAH). ATMs are also available and credit cards are widely used in cities, elsewhere cash in local currency is required.

Tax: In Ukraine is based on the current personal income tax rate which is a flat rate of 18%.

Population: 43.7 Million (2022 est.)

Expat Life: Expatriate dress code is conservative in the form of dark suits for men and a dress or a skirt and blouse for women. The safety 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.

Health Care: Health care facilities are generally poor. Private health care facilities are better, they are however generally below international standards. Polio and hepatitis A have been reported.

The Ukraine covers all areas within the country other than Kiev.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Ukraine?

The cost of living for expatriates in Ukraine as at July 2023 is very low in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 44.09 (New York =100). We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Ukraine is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is very low for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$470. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$5.99, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.40, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.81 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.82.

2) Clothing: Cost is very high for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1050. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$57, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$79, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$96 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$37.

3) Communication: Cost is average for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$156. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$5, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$6.23 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$20700. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$13,496 for Primary School, and USD$15,019 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is very low for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$1125. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$554, and USD$475 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is very low for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$460. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$0.36, 1 kg oranges USD$0.95, 1 head lettuce USD$1.42, 1 kg potatos USD$0.27, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$2.33, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$4.78, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.67, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.78, 1 L full cream milk USD$5.01, and 1.5 L water USD$0.69.

7) Healthcare: Cost is low for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$500. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$40, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,237.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is very low for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$1050. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,545 in a central location, and USD$888 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is average for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$295. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$5.73, while an international newspaper is USD$1.76.

10) Personal Care: Cost is low for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$285. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$23, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$114.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is very low for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$185. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.29, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$29 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is very low for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$310. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.69, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.94, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.34, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$35.23.

13) Transport: Cost is low for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$590. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$5.34, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$27,051.

How does the cost of living in Ukraine compare?

Ukraine is -42.8% cheaper than USA for groceries, -64% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 14.3% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Ukraine?

Ukraine is ranked as an extreme hardship location.The hardship premium for Ukraine for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (the Ukraine) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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