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Living through crisis in Ukraine

More and more foreign visitors prefer to stay in Ukraine for at least 2-3 months or longer. Most of them come from North America, which, even in time of recess, still seems a lot more stable politically and economically than Ukraine. Nevertheless, the number of long stay visitors to Ukraine from the U.S.A. and Canada is growing. The available statistics suggest that the main reasons for taking longer trips to Ukraine are these:

  • the recent changes of rate between dollar and ghryvna (about 8ghr to dollar) work well for those who earn their living in dollars but spend ghryvna;
  • many services and and the general cost of living in Ukraine is much lower than in the Western world today. One can live happily for a sum of about $800 a month (including apartment rent, utility bills, and all living expenses);
  • having friends is always very helpful, and Ukrainians are always very caring and assisting to guests of their country;
  • if one has online job or is not tied with necessity to work from a particular office, it is possible to live in Ukraine and do the work online for a while, to survive over the crisis. This is less expensive than living in their home country now;
  • some visitors carry out some creative, artistic, intellectial or other projects while they live in Ukraine, and report/send the results to their home country by Internet;
  • it's a good experience to live in a different culture for a while;
  • as some services and life in Ukraine are cheaper, some visitors come and take courses of study in larger Ukrainian cities;
  • highly professional specialists in a variety of fields can work hard for relatively low payments, and hiring them has proved to be a good idea for many business people. Thus, many come and do business in Ukraine;
  • Ukraine is developing dynamically, and, despite unclear political situation and economic recess, it is not difficult to adjust to traditional Ukrainian rhythm of life;
  • climate is good for recreation and food is healthy.

Today, when more people can work from their homes, traveling to live in other countries for a while is becoming a norm. Thanks to it's location close to Europe, and because of all the above mentioned reasons, Ukraine seems to be the best country to go to for a long stay.


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