Little Lviv, as Ivano-Frankivsk is sometimes called, was formerly named Stanyslaviv. Located in western Ukraine, this historic city is known for its neoclassical buildings, incredible landscaped gardens, limestone pavements, and is considered to be one of Ukraine's most pleasant destinations. Expats living in Ivano-Frankivsk might first ant to explore their surroundings to get a good idea of the local geography and to experience what makes Ivano-Frankivsk tick. The first stop on your trip around the city should then be at Independence Street, which is the oldest street in Ivano-Frankivsk. The buildings on this street act as an incredible examples of old Ukrainian architecture. After that, you can fast forward time and explore the city's town hall - a wonderful 30s art deco building.
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Many people move to Ivano-Frankivsk for its well-established tourist office, in fact Ivano-Frankivsk is one of Ukraine's most western-friendly cities overall. Although it was a 'closed city' as recently as 1991, you'd be hard pushed to tell - the beautiful cafes, bustling atmosphere and pedestrianized pathways create a welcoming place to live and work in. That said, moving to Ivano-Frankivsk as an expatriate can nevertheless still be tough. At first, you may not understand the language, and even if you do you might not completely understand the cultural differences. The InterNations platform is designed to make your move overseas a little bit easier. The forum posts from other like-minded expatriates, for example, often detail their own experiences of moving abroad, so you can learn from other InterNations members’ failures, mistakes and achievements.
Ivano-Frankivsk is home to one of the world's leading medical universities, with many job opportunities being made available because of the research conducted there. On top of that, the city is considered to be a jumping off point for the northern peaks of Ukraine and the Carpathians, and as such many people choose to live and work in Ivano-Frankivsk because of its robust transportation links. The rise of the tourism industry in the city has also allowed for more and more catering and services positions to become available – and jobs in the theatre and media are on the rise, too. If you're thinking of working in Ivano-Frankivsk, but want to make sure you fully understand the ins and outs of life as an expatriate, you should read through the articles in the Expat Magazine and browse the InterNations forums. Use the InterNations platform to get in touch with other expats living in Ivano-Frankivsk or other parts of Ukraine and use the chance to network and socialize with fellow global minds.