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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 05, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Kiev, Ukraine is 2.9 million people. People describe Kiev as a vibrant and modern city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's vibrant nightlife, its many parks and green spaces, its affordable cost of living, and its friendly locals. The weather in Kiev is generally mild with temperatures ranging from an average high of 68°F (20°C) in the summer to an average low of 22°F (-5°C) in the winter. The average cost of living in Kiev for an expat is around $1,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is around $600 per month.

What do I need to know about living in Kiev?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kiev, they said:

"Before retiring in Kiev, expats should familiarize themselves with the local language, as English is not widely spoken. It is also important to research the cost of living in Kiev, as prices can vary significantly depending on the area. Additionally, expats should be aware of the local laws and regulations, as well as any visa requirements for long-term stays. Finally, expats should consider the availability of healthcare services in Kiev, as well as any insurance options that may be available," said one expat who made the move to Kiev.

"Do not unless you have enough money to support yourself without working and you like long cold winters, terrible drivers and terrible food," explained one expat living in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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