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We asked retirees what they find the most rewarding about retiring in Ukraine. They wrote...

"The most rewarding aspect of retiring in Ukraine is the low cost of living which allows retirees to get more out of their savings and pension. Ukraine also offers retirees a chance to enjoy a rich cultural and historical heritage in a picturesque and vibrant part of the world. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Ukraine, including swimming, fishing, canoeing, and cycling. Additionally, the healthcare system in Ukraine is rated one of the most modern in Central and Eastern Europe, providing retirees with access to quality healthcare. Retirees in Ukraine also benefit from a favorable tax climate and numerous investment opportunities," wrote a member who made the move to Ukraine.

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"1) The exchange rate is still quite favourable against the British pound. So although we don't live like royalty we do enjoy an above-average lifestyle compared to many locals. 2) I'm just amazed at the quality of the food here, it's fresh and invariably organic. You can taste the difference, especially with meat. The shops and markets are great. There are even western-style shopping malls like "Karavan" if you're missing all those expensive clothes shops back home. 3) The people are generally more friendly and open. 4) British weather is both dull and unpredictable, whereas we get contrasting weather, cold and snow in the winter and a good blast of sunshine in the summer. There has been very little rain this year. Nice weather for retirement. 5) I like the wide open space once you leave the city. In the UK people live like sardines in a can. 6) The parks are great, we often frequent Gorky Park in the summer. 7) When I'm not driving I take the Metro. It's exceptionally good. For just 3 uah you can go anywhere and it's very quick and efficient. Whereas in London the Metro is always slow, crowded and very expensive. 8) Re. driving - there's no road tax, no MOT, no speed cameras and no speed bumps, it's great. The car insurance is against the vehicle, not the individual, so when you sell a car the insurance goes with it. A lot less hassle owning a car than in the UK. 9) There are some awesome places to visit in the Ukraine, barring the trouble spots of course," explained one expat living in Kharkov, Ukraine.

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