Kiev is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine. Kiev is a major administrative, cultural and scientific centre of the Ukraine. It is the largest city in Ukraine in terms of both population and area and enjoys the highest levels of business activity. Ukraine is in Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east. 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. 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 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. Medical facilities are generally poor. Private medical facilities are better, they are however generally below international standards. Polio and hepatitis A have been reported. The population of Kiev is 3.4 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 13.6% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Kiev, 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): Kiev as at 1 January 2018 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: Average 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Average 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Low Kiev is for example -4.9% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 44.2% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -4.8% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Kiev for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Kiev) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Kiev is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Kiev? Register subscribe to your home location and Kiev and run your personalised reports.