A follow up on my article on which eastern european cities to live in, I thought it would be wise to talk more about Ukraine and mainly Kiev in depth.
My short answer to the question of moving to ukraine is NO.
The typical person who asks this question is usually a single guy(young and old) tired of living in the west. I understand why Ukraine can be such an attractive offer, it’s cheap, the women look great, they’re open to dating foreigners you avoid the bad parts of western society and if you have the money to sustain yourself you remove the main downside with living in Ukraine: shitty salaries. If your financial situation is sorted out it’s easy to just see the upside of living in EE. But here’s why I still suggest coming here for just one or two month trial period and by that I don’t mean you come here to party and treat Ukraine like a vacation spot. Actually try to live like a local and learn the language.
It’s easy to avoid the culture shocks when you come here on vacation but as soon as you start dealing with businesses, bureacrucy you will understand what living in EE really entails. I’ve seen this time and time over again, people come here with grandios plans but nobody actually stays, in fact I haven’t made Ukraine my permanent base either yet even though I’m far more experienced EE traveler than your average weekend stag party traveler. Corruption runs deep here, all the way from low level traffic cops to the effin’ prime minister.
Ask yourself honestly what makes you want to move to Ukraine permanently. If the answer is ukrainan women, then you definitely shouldn’t move. Making important decisions with your dick will always fuck you over long term. Ukraine will break you. The corruption in business and government, people’s pessimistic view on life, the grey weather will eventually tear you down. No amount of high quality women will compensate for that. This is why most foreigners in ukraine are temporary visitors and not long termers.
I understand the living costs are lucrative but I seriously suggest to improve your financial situation rather than to move to a cheap place. I know this can hard for some but ask yourself honestly are you really maximizing your potential wealth goals or are you slacking? The few long termers I’ve met in Ukraine can be placed into to the loser category. I’ve yet to met a permanent resident here who doesn’t come off as somewhat weird. The successful expats living here who married local women moved to a more developed country. It’s very rare to see someone stay here for life and have a decent career.