The city of Cherkasy lends its name to both its province, or 'Oblast', and the region surrounding it. It has been an important center of Ukraine's culture and history for hundreds of years, still being known to many as the Center of the Cossacks for its important role in Cossack history. The remnants of its grand place in Ukraine's history remain for expats in Cherkasy to explore – the Scherbina House is a luxurious prerevolutionary mansion and the modernist former Hotel Slavyanskiy is one of the most unique and distinct buildings in the country. There is also plenty for culture-loving expatriates living in Cherkasy to enjoy, notably a philharmonic orchestra, several theatres and a good collection of museums including the distinctive Local History Museum. For expats in search of fresh air, the city is famously green, with a good number of parks and a zoo. All this makes life in Cherkasy comfortable and stimulating, and with a strong sports scene and various annual festivals (notably its seasonal sculpture festivals) you'll have plenty to keep you occupied.
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As the nearest international airports to the city are located on the other side of Ukraine's capital, Kiev, expatriates moving to Cherkasy will more often than not travel through the capital and on to Cherkasy by train, road, boat or even by yacht. There is also a domestic airport, misleadingly named Cherkasy International Airport, offering daily flights to Kiev. Travelling by train is the easiest option, although by boat you will arrive via the beautiful 'Cherkasy Sea', a huge reservoir basin next to the city. Expats can find plenty of tips for their arrival in the Expat Magazine, InterNations' collection of articles on topics relevant to international travel, such as expat finance, culture shock, cross-cultural communication and so on. What's more, expatriates moving to Cherkasy may like to browse the InterNations website for articles written by other members, sharing their experiences of expatriation.
Cherkasy is a vibrant, enjoyable place to work. The mild continental climate is cold in winter, but summers are warm to hot. The cultural life in this city of some 285,000 people is lively and there's plenty to do after-hours. Expatriates working in Cherkasy may, of course, want to get in touch with an international community to socialize, network or just get information and tips on expat life in Cherkasy. Using our website is the easiest way to do this. You can contact other expats working in Cherkasy and other global minds on our discussion groups, forums or using private communications. This is a popular way to organize meet-ups and you should soon be able to find other expatriates in Cherkasy, who will no doubt be able to tell you even more about this charming Cossack city.