Known as the “Gateway to the Crimea”, because of the massive amounts of traffic that head to the Crimean coast in the summer months (the number of cars hits 45,000 per day during the busy periods), Melitopol is the second largest city in Ukraine. Melitopol is a city of huge significance in geographical terms, with most of the major transport routes flowing through it. For example, around eighty percent of the passenger trains in the country run through Melitopol, and two major European highways are nearby. If you are thinking of living in Melitopol, but you're concerned that you might not be able to find your footing as an expatriate in Melitopol, then you should maybe explore the area on a first visit in order to find out about the places around you and the people who live there. Kamyana Mohyla, for example, is a nearby archaeological site and a relic of sandstone dating back to the Sarmatian epoch of the Tertiary period, and is a brilliant place to visit, as is the Statue of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, which will give you a good idea about the history and culture of Ukraine.
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Not least of all because it can offer a wide range of nationalities and cultures, Melitopol is a fascinating place to live and work in. More than 100 nationalities have lived together in the city for many years, with an association of national-cultural societies keeping the peace and harmony. Because there are very few problems in regards to ethnic diversity, the city works hard to develop programs that inspire neighboring cities and countries to adopt a similar attitude towards cultural differences. In Melitopol, Russian is the most commonly spoken language, so it can be hard to make the first move if you have no previous experience. The InterNations platform can be used as a resource for information, tips and hints about breaking down cultural barriers, learning new languages or simply living abroad, with our international expatriate members posting in the discussion groups and forums about their experiences and willing to help new expats moving to Melitopol.
The city is known throughout the world for its part in the engine construction industry, with many factories and developments creating jobs for thousands of people working in Melitopol. Because of its strong geographical location, and its rich political heritage, there is also a strong food, mechanical engineering and light industry. AgroBOOM was a recent government initiative that created more than 100 small and medium size businesses in the city, with the mechanical industries experiencing rapid growth ever since. If you want to start working in Melitopol, why don’t you make the transition easier on yourself with the help of InterNations. Not only can you try and reach fellow expats living in Melitopol through our website, but we also offer an informative content section with our Expat Magazine covering various expatriation related topics, from culture shock to understanding international business culture.