Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ukraine, Kiev Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Ukraine.

Location: Ukraine is in Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east.

Country Climate: Temperate continental; Mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast; precipitation disproportionately distributed, highest in west and north, lesser in east and southeast; 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.

Country Terrain: Most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, mountains being found only in the west (the Carpathians), and in the Crimean Peninsula in the extreme south.

Major Languages: Ukrainian (official), Russian.

Major Religions: Christianity.

Country Population: 45.9 million (2008 est.) 45.6 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: 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.

Currency: Ukraine Hryvnia (UAH).

Country Inflation: 25.2% (2008 est.) 16.3% (2009 est.).

City: Kiev is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine.

City Economy: 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.
Cost of Living: Kiev has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Kiev is currently ranked 157 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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