The northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy is known to many locally as "The Former Cossack Fortress". It was as a military settlement that the city was founded in the 1650s, but since then the city has grown into a beautiful and opulent cultural center, home to over a quarter of a million people and some of the Ukraine's most beautiful streets and buildings. The Cathedral of the Savior's Transfiguration, for example, is a major landmark which elegantly dominates the city's skyline, and expats living in Sumy will generally find that this serves as a great reference point. The Resurrection Church is another lovely example of the local architecture, this church being oldest building in the city. Along with these and a number of other churches, the Sumy Regional Art Museum is a favorite local attraction and one of the best art museums in the country. Expats living in Sumy often gravitate towards Soborna and Voskresenska streets, which contain many of the city's most elegant architecture. And the shore of the River Psel is a great place to relax when the weather is good.
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Although the city does have an airport, Sumy Airport, it is not currently served by charter flights and most expats moving to Sumy fly to Kiev or another transport hub and then take the train on to Sumy. The city itself is reasonably easy to get around, with an extensive public transport network and reasonably inexpensive city taxis. The local culture is a fascinating blend of European and Russian cultures, although the Ukraine has a strong national identity in itself as well. Expatriates moving to Sumy can find out about the ins and outs of expatriation on the InterNations website. Our online Expat Magazine is replete with articles on everything from working abroad to cross-cultural communication and this is a resource well worth browsing before setting off. We also have some interesting content written by other InterNations members, reflecting on their own experiences of expatriation and offering plenty of hints and tips for first time expats.
After getting into the city and sorting out accommodation and other basics, the first thing any expatriate in Sumy will want to do is get a feel for the city. There is a strong academic presence in the center and expats working in Sumy will notice the buzz of a student city almost immediately. Along with a number of universities and vocational schools, many of the city's museums and the cultural scene in general are excellent. Expatriates working in Sumy can expect hot summers and snowy winters, which give the city a very different feel at different times of year. While the city is a pleasure to explore without company, you may also like to find the city's international community. InterNations members can do this through the private communications or forums on our website, which are a popular way to organize meet-ups, find local global minds and so on.