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Kiev, Ukraine

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Kiev, Ukraine. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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:

"Do not unless you have enough money to support yourself without working and you like long cold winters, terrible drivers and terrible food," commented one expat who made the move to Kiev.

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Will I be able to find a job in Kiev?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Kiev, they reponded:

"Main industry is corruption. Get used to it, accept it and turn your head. The best option sorry to say is know somebody who can get you in a job," explained one expat living in Kiev, Ukraine.

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What is life like in Kiev?

When we asked people living in Kiev what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Life for the girls definitely revolves around fashion. Whoever can look the best has a better chance to leave the country with a rich man is what their mother taught them and sadly enough, it's true," mentioned another expat in Kiev.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Kiev accepting of differences?

"Absolutely not diverse. Did you see the Parliament fist fighting on TV because one of the members delivered a speech in Russian language and not the Ukrainian language!," added another expat in Kiev.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Kiev?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Kiev responded:

"I like the neighborhood I live in for there is everything you need or possiblly think of. And in summer time you can go to a lake, one by walking, the other using a trolley or bus with a few stops and then some walking. It's all great. Public transportation is great too," commented one expat who moved to Kiev.

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What type of social life can someone expect in Kiev?

When we asked expats and global nomads about their social experiences in Kiev, they replied:

"People here definitely like to drink alcohol. You can sit on a bench in a park and having a few shots or a bottle of beer to yourself and also offer it to a passer by using your own judgement and then simply hang with them. Of course you got to be careful. Also the majority of the country does not speak English, maybe young generation, but primitive though," commented one expat living in Kiev, Ukraine.

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"It is very helpful, useful and important to know and establish good relationship with locals. They will help you navigate through every day life, bureaucracy especially," said another expat.

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What advice to expats in Kiev have about housing?

"Make sure you will be renting from a person whose name is on a document as an owner or legal resident of the place. Also check utility bills especially if there is a heating tank," added one expat living in Kiev.

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What are medical services in Kiev like?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Kiev, they replied:

"Pharmacies are everywhere in a city, on every corner. Which is great, but i suggest not to end up in a hospital. They stink. Literally as well," added one expat living in Kiev.

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Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Kiev?

"I was extremely surprised when the administrator at IMP clinic contacted the insurance company herself, and I didn't have to call and deal with it. I was suggested to pay myself and then make the reimbursement of the expenses. I was given all the necessary documents and didn't have any trouble with my insurance company. From my viewpoint any other public clinic will render such services," added one expat living in Kiev.

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About the Author

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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