Kiev

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Quality of life in Kiev

By Andrii Gorbenko

With a history going back more than 1500 years, Kiev today is an economic and industrial center of Eastern Europe. Known for its river-front location and historical landmarks, Kiev continues to develop, and boasts several international companies serving Ukraine's large domestic market. Its expansive infrastructure offers some of the cheapest metro services in Europe, there are great leisure-time opportunities and the overall cost of living is very reasonable.

Kiev is one of the top ten city matches for 5.4% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
28/263
Details
Large apartment$519.86
Medium apartment$426.23
Rent index [score]0.93
Small apartment$332.60

Cost of Living

10
6/261
Details
5km taxi ride$1.60
A Cappuccino$1.10
A beer$0.87
A kilogram of Apples$0.68
Bread$0.21
Inflation [score]1.00
Lunch$4.30
Monthly fitness club membership$20.00
Monthly public transport$10.00
Movie ticket$2.90
Price of a meal at a restaurant$23.61

Startups

4
138/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups-4
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.10
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co9
Meetups [score]0.27
Meetups groups62
Meetups members16779
Number of investors31
Number of startup events in the last 12 months83
Number of upcoming meetup events11
Startup climate scene [score]0.38
Startup events9
Startup events11
Startup events [score]0.36
Startups [score]0.75
Total number of startups248

Venture Capital

4
97/228
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Venture capital [score]0.40

Travel Connectivity

6
50/260
Details
Airport hub77
Airport hub [score]0.38
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.75

Commute

5
102/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Ukraine/Kiev
Traffic handling [score]0.66

Business Freedom

5
227/259
Details
Business freedom56.80
Business freedom [score]0.29
Freedom from corruption26.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.11
Lack of labor restrictions47.90
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.24
Time to open a business5.00
Time to open a business [score]0.96

Safety

7
127/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.51
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents7
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.98

Healthcare

5
233/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.68
Healthcare quality [score]0.52
Life expectancy (years)71.29
Life expectancy [score]0.28

Education

1
227/230
Details
Best university in rankingTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Best university ranking801
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

4
221/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.34
Cleanliness [score]0.35
Drinking water quality [score]0.10
Urban greenery [score]0.66

Economy

1
257/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUAH
GDP growth rate-0.07
GDP growth rate [score]0.10
GDP per capita$8668.33
GDP per capita [score]0.16

Taxation

5
88/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.40
Income tax level [score]0.70
Profit tax (% of profit)0.52
Time overhead to file company taxes356
VAT (Sales Tax)0.20

Internet Access

6
103/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)24.36
Internet access (download) [score]0.52
Internet access (upload) [score]0.63
Upload speed (Mbps)16.37

Leisure & Culture

9
20/263
Details
Art galleries66
Art galleries [score]0.93
Cinemas66
Cinemas [score]0.88
Comedy clubs58
Comedy clubs [score]0.73
Concert venues69
Concerts [score]0.69
Historical sites131
Historical sites [score]0.86
Museums96
Museums [score]0.87
Performing art venues57
Performing arts [score]0.89
Sport venues81
Sports [score]0.84
Zoos23
Zoos [score]0.88

Tolerance

7
113/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index72.91
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.74
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.56

Outdoors

5
87/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.14
Median peak in meters164.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)156.00
Water access [score]0.93
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Kiev are in the least expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Kiev will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$310$543
$426
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$20
Movie ticket$3
Broadband internet connection$4
Monthly public transport$10
Lunch$4
-72%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Kiev are below average. For this job type, Kiev ranks 160th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Kiev.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$34,625
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

6.60
Guns per 100 people
0.24
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Kiev in position 172 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassy of Afghanistan in Kiev, Ukraine

Jaslynska Street, 9/7 03037 Kiev , Ukraine

Phone: (+380) (44) 275-25-21 (+380) (44) 249 66 63

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LGBT rights in Kiev

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Unrecognized

Adoption

Illegal

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Impressions from Kiev

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On living in Kiev


Kiev (Ukrainian: КиївKyiv, Russian: КиевKiev) is the capital and largest city of Ukraine with 3-4 million inhabitants. It is in the north of central Ukraine on the Dnieper River (Ukrainian: Днiпро, Russian: Днепр).

The official name of the city has long been Kyiv, a transliteration from the Ukrainian Київ. The common English name of the city, Kiev, is a transliteration of the Russian Киев. Expect to see Kyiv used more often inside Ukraine, and Kiev to be used by most foreign media. The spelling of the city name in English-language guidebooks is debatable.

The Ukrainians are understandably very proud of their capital's role in establishing European civilisation in Eastern Europe. Kiev is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, dating back to the 5th century, although settlements at this location existed much earlier. By the late 9th century, Kiev was at the centre of an emerging Eastern Slavic state. Between the 10th and early 13th centuries, the city reached its golden age as the capital of the first Ukrainian state known today as Kievan Rus, (Kyivan Ruthenia, or Rus-Ukraine). It was this state that shaped the religious and cultural foundations of the modern Slavic eastern European states. In the middle of the 13th century, Kievan Rus was overrun by the Mongols. Later that century, Kiev became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1569 the city was absorbed into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In 1654 the Cossack, Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky, "liberated" Kiev from that Commonwealth but then promptly folded it into Russian hegemony in an action that continues to be a sore point for Ukrainian nationalists.

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