Volgograd is located in the center of Volgograd Oblast in Russia, and is known as "The Former Stalingrad". In fact, this former name is still used for Volgograd on nine specific days of the year. The city has an important history, particularly during World War II, and there are many sights which document this history. Expats living in Volgograd will be able to visit these places which include Mamayev Kurgan, the site of one of the most important battles during the war, and Panorama Museum which features many artifacts from the time. The city also has plenty to offer in terms of culture, and expatriates living in Volgograd will be able to enjoy the local music and arts scene and explore its many bars and restaurants. Football and handball are some of the most popular sports in Volgograd, with teams competing in Russia’s professional leagues.
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Volgograd has a lower cost of living than many cities in Russia and life there is significantly cheaper than in the capital Moscow. Expats moving to Volgograd will find that the city has a humid continental climate which consists of warm summers, whilst winters are much colder with temperatures regularly dropping below freezing. Volgograd is a major transportation hub for the region, with many rail and road links to the rest of Russia and Europe, as well as an international airport. Getting around the city itself is easy thanks to a light rail service, trams and buses. Expatriates relocating to Volgograd with families will find a number of schools located in the area, whilst the city also boasts a number of academies and universities. By joining InterNations, expats moving to Volgograd can benefit from the site’s growing online community, featuring members from over 190 different nationalities. Through using for example its forums, expatriates can network and share information with others which can help make the settling in process of moving to Volgograd much easier.
Volgograd is known historically for being an important industrial center in Russia, and many industries continue to exist in the area. Expatriates hoping to start working in Volgograd may find opportunities in areas such as oil refining, steelworks, shipbuilding, energy and chemical production as well as others. Volgograd also provides opportunities for work in areas such as health care and education, with the city’s universities being a large employer in research and academia. Other areas where expats in Volgograd may find work include public services as well as retail and leisure. For more information about finding work in Volgograd, expats should sign up to InterNations and use its forum pages in order to connect with others who may offer informed insights into finding work in the city. The website also has many other features aimed at expatriates from all over the world which individuals may find to be a useful resource, including, for example, the Expat Magazine full of informative articles on all things expatriate.