Dniprodzerzhynsk, or Dniprodym for short, lies just 10 miles to the west of Ukraine’s most important industrial city, Dnipropetrovsk. Dniprodzerzhynsk itself is also an industrial city and specializes in metallurgy, especially iron. Expats in Dniprodzerzhynsk will find a large Eastern Orthodox community, with the 1894 Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas being the largest in the city. Another notable religious center and impressive building is the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Nicholas, build by the city’s Polish community at the end of the nineteenth century. Dniprodzerzhynsk is a port city on the Dnieper River and has a population of around 270,000. The city is not as large or as cosmopolitan as its neighbor, Dnipropetrovsk, so using InterNations to network with other expatriates in Dniprodzerzhynsk is a good way to start to make some connections.
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Dniprodzerzhynsk is well served by the local international airport at Dnipropetrovsk where there are daily flights to many cities in Europe and the Middle East. It also has good national rail connections and is a major port on the Dnieper. Being relatively central in this vast country means that expats moving to Dniprodzerzhynsk will find it a little less daunting to move around the country and cover the huge distances involved. The InterNations discussion boards and forums are, nevertheless, a good place to pick up tips on how to get around. Rents for housing and apartments in Dniprodzerzhynsk are fairly low by Western European or US standards and there is a variety of modern, Soviet era and older housing stock in the city that expats can move into.
Expatriates working in Dniprodzerzhynsk, as elsewhere in Ukraine, will usually require a work permit. These are issued and renewed on a yearly basis. The main exception to the requirement for a work permit is for those employed by a foreign company and stationed in Dniprodzerzhynsk in a representative capacity. The local economy is dominated by metallurgy, which employs around 57% of the local workforce. The second highest employer is the chemical industry at 17%. Employment rates in the city have been high for some time and salary levels and household incomes are comparatively high. Such high employment rates do contribute to a vibrant local economy and an active cultural and social scene in the city. An expatriate working in Dniprodzerzhynsk can enjoy the theater, museum and an active bar scene. By joining InterNations you can find out what’s on where and enjoy your time as an expat living in Dniprodzerzhynsk.