The beautiful Slovakian city of Kosice sits near the country's border with Hungary and, with around 240,000 residents, is the second largest after Slovakia's capital, Bratislava. The city has quite a reputation – named a European Capital of Culture in 2013, Kosice is often called "The City of Tolerance" in recognition of its long history of peaceful coexistence between the city's different ethnic and national communities. Along with the city's famed friendliness, expats living in Kosice have a lively culture and beautiful cityscape to look forward to. For example, beautifully nestled in an 'island' in the middle of one of the city's larger streets, the city's St. Elisabeth Cathedral is a fourteenth century masterpiece and Slovakia's largest church. The Urban Tower is another unique landmark every expat living in Kosice should get to early on.
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As an expatriate moving to Kosice, you have a number of options for getting to the city. The nearby Kosice International Airport is served by flights from Bratislava, London, Vienna and Prague. Expats moving to Kosice from other locations can fly into Bratislava and take a connecting flight, train or bus – although the train service is very good, and this is often the easiest option – to the city. Before you set off, you might want to get in touch with other expatriates in Kosice using the InterNations forums and private messages – what better way to get off to a good start than to get information or even organize a meet-up with expats in Kosice for when you arrive? For more general information on expatriation you might also like to have a look at our collection of articles in the Expat Magazine. This is a useful source of information and tips on subjects like cross-cultural communication, expat finances and so forth.
This is a city with a reputation for inclusiveness and expatriates working in Kosice should find settling in easy and enjoyable. The center is comfortably navigable on foot, as well as being served by cheap, efficient tram and bus networks. There is also a lively local cultural scene with annual events such as the Kosice Peace Marathon and plenty of great after-hours culture for expats living in Kosice to enjoy. The Kasárne Kulturpark, Tabačka, Castle of Kosice and other venues all provide a rich variety of things to do, and socializing with the city's international community and global minds is something InterNations can be a great help in organizing. If you would like to get a fuller picture of expatriation in a city like Kosice, you can read the accounts of other expatriates moving to similar cities on the InterNations website. With its history of inclusiveness, dynamic contemporary cultural scene and beautiful center, though, you should find life as an expatriate working in Kosice exciting and enjoyable.