Attached with The Work Style magazine, # 10 issue, September 2012
Up to date 09.12


I am happy to introduce you the city of Mariupol - the largest industrial center in the Donetsk region, a port-city with a bright destiny, which crossed its 230-year milepost.
Mariupol is the second most populous city of Donetsk region. The railway, highway, air and sea lines connect it to the regional center and many large cities of our country and abroad.
The industrial potential of Mariupol is diversified. The most dynamically developed industries are metallurgical, machinebuilding, metalworking, chemical and food.
Our city has two of the largest metallurgical enterprises in the country - PJSC “Ilyich Steel & Iron Works” and PJSC “Azovstal Iron & Steel Works” included to the Metinvest Group, as well as the leading enterprise of machine-building industry - PJSC “Azovmash,” which are the hallmark of not only the Donets region, but of the whole Ukraine.
The Sea of Azov has a huge role in the economic complex of the city.
Many means of maritime commerce and trade connections to other cities and foreign countries are provided by the sea.
Although, The Mariupol Shipyard is among the four largest ports of Ukraine and is the most equipped seaport of Azov Sea with great outlook for further development. The small and medium business has all the conditions to grow and prosper in the city.
The Mariupolers and guests of our city are able to enjoy Mariupol International Airport, new marina, upscale hotels, modern sport complexes and stadiums, Russian Drama Theatre, cultural centers, cinemas, clubs, the City Garden, the Extreme Park, public gardens and fountains.
Sustainable economic and social development of Mariupol attracts many domestic and foreign partners, guests and friends: our city is always glad to visitors and is open to cooperation.

Yurii Khotlubey, Head of Mariupol City


General Information

Founded: The first settlements date back to the 16th century, but the city was founded in 1778.
Location / Surface area: Ukraine’s Southeastern coast/166 km2. 
Population / language: 490,063 inhabitants in 2010/ Ukrainian (official language) and Russian.
Time zone: GMT/UTC + 2 hours (GMT/UTC + 3 during Daylight Saving Time).
Weather: Mariupol has a moderate-continental climate, with recurring windy and dry days in summer and more wet winter’s day when the precipitation mainly consist of light snow. The maximum average temperature is around 29 °C in July and the minimum average temperature is around -5 °C, in January.
Altitude:  44 meters above sea level.
Hopening times
• Shops: Usually shops are open Mon/Sat from 9/10am to 7/8pm.
• Malls: Usually Mon/Sat from 9am to 9pm.
• Government Offices: Mon/Fry from 8am to 5pm with lunch break from 12 to 1pm

Driving on the right: To drive in Ukraine, people must possess a valid International Driving Permit and must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers at all times (this also applies to rental vehicles). It is important to know that driving outside major urban centers after darkness can be hazardous, due to varying driving standards, poor streets and poor vehicle lights and variable road surfaces – for these reasons there are a high number of traffic accidents. Minimum driving age is 18 and there are two types of Driving Licenses in the Ukraine; both of them are international: the more expensive one has more privileges associated with it, such as renting a car.

Public holidays:
• 1st January  New Year’s Day
•10th September LIBERATION DAY
Movable public holidays: Orthodox Easter Sunday, Orthodox Pentecost, City Day

Electricity, telephone, mail:
• The electric current in Ukraine is 230 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz. The plugs used are known as “Type C”, a two-wire ungrounded plug which has two round prongs, or “Type F” (Schuko plug). Travelers may need an adaptor to fit the receptacles of electrical appliances.
• Ukraine country code: +380, Mariupol local code: 629
• The Ukrainian national postal service is provided by Ukrposhta and the best way to find a postal office in Mariupol is to search on their website, ukrposhta.com, because the city has over 50 different post offices. Their business hours are usually from Monday (in some cases Tuesday) to Saturday, 8am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Emergency phone numbers:
• 112 National Emergency Number
• 101 Firemen
• 102 Police
• 103 Ambulance

Banks: Usually banks are open Mon/Fry from 9am to 5pm. To open a bank account are required the following documents: a proof of identity as passport, proof of residence (or of the place of temporary stay such as passport with a mark on the prolongation of the term of a trip in Ukraine with indication of the place of residence), TIN assignment (Identification Number of Tax payer, issued by the state tax administration body).

Currency: Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH). One Hryvnia is made up of 100 Kopiyok. USD and EURO are the most popular currencies in exchange booths; VISA and MasterCard are accepted in major hotels, restaurants, casinos, stores and ATM. 1 UAH = 0.100316 Euros.

Pharmacies: In Mariupol there are various pharmacies (called “apteka”), which are usually big shops selling foodstuffs and other items related to health and beauty (for example Illich-farm.biz). Often they are open seven days a week, from 8/9am to 9/10 pm.

Economy: The city’s economy mainly relies on trading activities as well as on heavy industries since the end of XIX century, when the commercial seaport and railways were improved and the first metallurgical plants were settled. After the imposition of a Soviet government in 1917 and the subsequently occupation by German and Austrian troops, the economy suffered a period of industrial recession that was overcame by the creation of new metallurgical plants during the 20s and 30s. The Second World War stopped again the economical development of the city, but this process restarted in the 50s: Mariupol became what still today is, one of the most important industrial centers of the country: nowadays the industry of the city is diverse, among which the city’s heavy industry is still dominant. Mariupol is home to the major steel mills and chemical plants of the country; the city is a transport hub for the country import and export and it’s chosen for local headquarters of national and international companies: the Industrial area of the city produces about one third of Donetsk region exports and about 7.0% of all Ukrainian exports. Recently the city cultural and tourism industry began to develop with a new impulse coming from events hold by its universities, museums, theatres and sporting centers. In addition to this, has been marked also a process of activation of entrepreneurship business in all spheres of the city economy, as shows its first place in Donetsk region economy according to the rating of Donetsk region towns and districts in micro-entrepreneurship development in 2007.

Architecture: The architectural structure of the city has preserved, in its historical areas, the planning layout of the end of the 18th century, with regular building and a radial system of streets. The most interesting architectural monuments are in the city center: the Building of Industrial Technical School (1894-1899), the Palace of Culture “Molodezhnyy” (1897), the Water Tower (1909-1910) and the Residential houses with spires (1953) which are considered city’s symbols. Another important architectural monument is the Regional Academic Russian Drama Theatre building, that was constructed in 1956 – 1960 and its main facade has a 4-columned portico with a conic structure.



Even if it is one of the largest industrial centers and ports in Ukraine, Mariupol is a mid-sized city still in development and transformation. Its focus on metallurgy and machine-building affected for a long time the environment and the development of service industries, but nowadays Mariupol is rediscovering its cultural institutions, parks, and other services. How do the city’s inhabitants feel about the peculiarities of their city? We asked the opinions of some professionals.

Andrii Mashchenko, partner, MBLS Law firm Mariupol is a large industrial center of Ukraine. Thus, we may say that Mariupol has a strategic importance for the country considering that ferrous metallurgy products consist 17 percent of Ukraine’s export.
The presence of metallurgical giants provides people with work. A range of people such as lawyers; constructors; forwarders; agents of ship-owners etc. are doing business related to major ones. Retail trade is developing, consequently. The city itself has well-organized infrastructure and, thus, is pretty comfortable for living. There are theater; cinemas; parks and gardens; good restaurants and good level hotels. The most pleasant thing for me here is the sea where you may walk along, listen the surf sound, watch the sunset and the seagulls flying above.

Vitalii Abuzov, Networking engineer IT department of “Azovstal Steel and Iron Work”
There are two metallurgical giants in our city belonging to “METINVEST ” holding. Main part of the Mariupol’s population works at these factories and at the small companies which are contractors of the “ METINVEST”. Also there are some chemical and heavy machinery industries in Mariupol. Such density of industries provides good employment opportunities and stable income for peoples living in  Mariupol. In a result of this, service sector is well developed and Mariupol is a good place for setting a company: it takes a second place after Donetsk in our region for making business. We have all necessary for life including entertainments in Mariupol: most of the cafés and restaurants finish work at 11 p.m. , but we have several night clubs working the whole night. I recommend a visit to “Coral”. I can’t say that quality of life is high, because of some environmental problem: I think that the best area for living is Ordzhonikidze region as the air is not so polluted as in the center of the city and the sea is cleaner here.

 • Ludmila Tretiakova, Travel Agent Mariupol is inspiring and very ‘warm’ place to be.  We have a very well developed metallurgical industry and surely it’s one of our biggest strength. We also have an amazing, warm Azov sea and it could also give a good income but so far nobody is interested in creating modern recreational areas. But there are many public parks in Mariupol and most of them are more or less well kept. I suggest to go to Extreme park for a lot of fun and a visit to Theatre Square and park, Azov seashore. From one side it’s easy to start up a business in Mariupol but from the other, there is a very big problem, bureaucracy. You have to wait in lines for hours or even days to get registration documents, etc. etc. From the other side it’s much cheaper to rent an office here than in a big city.  

Marina Sayapina, interpreter and guide. If you want to discover the more traditional aspects of the city you should go to the theatre square where you can meet many people walking around the fountain. Elderly people get there together and sing songs and dance. Young people enjoy themselves riding bikes and roller skating. You may also visit cafes and restaurants: best of them are in the center of the city. At the day time Mariupol is quite safe, but I would not recommend going for a walk after 10 p.m. to the dark parks or squares or along dark streets. There is no public transport at night in Mariupol, you can use only taxi. And taxi is quite safe. We have many foreigners here and the inhabitants are open to the foreigners. But not many people speak good English in Mariupol.

Elena Demianenko, Interpreter, English teacher 8% of national output, about 8% of foreign exchange earnings from exports of Ukrainian annually, tens of thousands of vacationers on the Azov coast - it’s all Mariupol. The city’s economy is developing intensively and the development of the economy provides an opportunity to develop the infrastructure, as medicine and education fund, to support the housing and communal services and allocate funds for specific targeted programs to improve the lives of citizens. Business in Mariupol is developing much better than in other regions. In comparison with other cities our city is changing constantly. Mariupol is easy to navigate by bike: there are bike paths because this mean of transport is often used by children and adults. Many young and old people like bikes in our city. During a weekend in summer you can go to the sea or walk near the sea in the evening and visit some cafes.

Irina Volkova, Director of City Center for Modern Arts and Culture I would characterize the cultural life in Mariupol as “a full of opportunities”: drama theater, cinema theatres, numerous museums & exhibition halls of modern and classical art, musical festivals in the open air. You can spend an unforgettable time in Aqua park & Extreme park, go fishing to the riverside, or practice a bit of horse riding in our park districts. The City Center for Modern arts & Culture has an honor to welcome the diversity of talents in our numerous International and all-Ukrainian festivals. Annually we hold about 60 exhibitions of oil painting & graphics, photo, arts & crafts. Along with Fine art expositions practice the conduction of musical concerts & literary clubs. We also cooperate with the Union of Ukrainian students in organization of The Youth Festival of experimental cinema in Mariupol. One of our chief aims is to find, open and support the original talents of different kinds. That’s why our Center organizes and presents the exhibitions of Amateur artists & Masters of Folk Art. Annually our Center for modern arts presents the extra-curriculum activities for children with special needs, disabled, and orphans.

Quality of Life

Public transport

Bus and train: As transportation hub for Ukrainian industries, Mariupol has an extensive network of means of transport but it is mainly for commercial purposes and the information for local passenger transportation are often only in Russian or Ukrainian language (as for the Mariupol airport website). In the city the public transportation is provided by Mariupol Tramway and Trolleybus Enterprise and by several private companies. INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS
By Air: The Mariupol International Airport (MPW - maraero.com) is located 5 km East from the city center and is a privately owned airport (propriety of the Ilyich Steel & Iron Works company) that since 2004 has the status of international airport. At the present is served only by the Ilyich – Avia airline and has few flights mainly to Kiev and Moscow. ilyich-avia.com.ua T +380 629 411493. The Donetsk International Airport (DOK) is located at around 160km from Mariupol but presents more flights options and is served by also international airlines such as Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Austrian Airlines. airport.dn.ua  T +380 623 410482.

Reach Mariupol by:
Train, starting from Donetsk Airport is possible to reach Mariupol by taking the fixed-run taxi line 5 which connects the airport to the railway station of the city of Donetsk. From here there are several trains to Mariupol Station: uz.gov.ua.
Taxi, there is a taxi service 24/24 hours located on the 1st floor of the new Terminal T +380 623 040000
Bus, in Mariupol there is a bus terminal, located at 115 Artyom Street from which leave every 15 minutes the rides directed to the Donetsk bus terminal: the trip takes around 1h 30m and the ticket price is 3.21€. From here it is possible to reach Donetsk airport (distant around
2 km) by taking a bus or a fixed-run taxi airport.dn.ua.
Highway, Mariupol is connected to the North to Donetsk by the H20 highway, while the M14 connects the city with the Western border of Ukraine (Moldova and Romania) and the M23 connects with the Easter border (Russia).

Some approximate flight times from Donetsk Airport to major cities around the world:
• Kiev (capital) 1 h 10 m
• Berlin 3 h 20 m (plus stopover)
• Paris 5 h 40 m (plus stopover)
• New York 12 h (plus stopover)

Tourist Information
• Regional Tourism Office. In Mariupol and close cities there are not tourist offices, but there are some travel agencies. In Donetsk, for example, there is: OpenDonetsk opendonetsk.com
T +380 623 044453.  

Main distances to Mariupol
• Kiev (capital): 750 km
• Moscow (Russia): 1,100 km
• Bucharest (Romania): 1,290 km
• Milan (Italy): 2,800 km

Getting Around

Parking: Mariupol has various parking lots: many of them charge, and the fee is around 0.40 € per hour.
Car rental: There are not many options to rent a car in Mariupol, but among these there is: RACE – Rent A Car Enterprise offers a service in Mariupol race.net.ua.
Taxi. In the city there are some taxi services:
Taxi Elite T +38 067 908 3005
Taxi Inter T +38 067 788 4488
Taxi Lux T +38 067 910 73 32
Bus: There are 12 bus and 12 trolleybus lines that provide a quite extensive service in the city. More than 30 minibus taxi services provided  by private owners. The stops and additional
information are presented on city council’s website: marsovet.org.ua/euro2012.
Trams: Today Mariupol has 11 tram routes connecting the different districts of the city. For more information: marsovet.org.ua/euro2012.

Environment: Although Mariupol is an industrial city with an important commercial port, it is still surrounded by green areas devoted to agriculture and the city itself has many green areas (for a total area of around 80km2). Among these, there is the “City Garden”, one of the oldest parks in Ukraine which was founded in 1863. Since 1892 close to the city there is the Mariupol Forest Research Station, a research institution founded to test and calculation of various events and receptions Forestry and Water Management in the steppes of Russia. At the station grow oldest artificial forests in Ukraine (woodlands, shelterbelts and beam strip plantations were created in 1893-1965 years), which is a unique example of a sustainable and high forest crops in the desert, of great conservation value in modern technological landscape, promote enrichment of species diversity of flora in the region. Given the great scientific, cultural, aesthetic and educational value of plantations, area station has been declared natural reserve in 1981. Moreover, the city, regional government and private enterprises have different programs to decrease pollution by, for example, planting new trees: this efforts are not enough and the nature protection programs have few results (as also shown by the distress of the Sea of Azov in the last decades).

Shopping: The downtown area of the city offers several shops selling almost everything and the streets where most shops are located are Lenina Avenue (main street of the city), Metallurgov Avenue, Artioma Street and Nakhimova Avenue.
Shopping Malls: Bravo, three-level shopping center with a wide offer in clothing, shoes and household items. In the center take place also several events for children. pr. Metallurgov, 53  bravocenter.com.ua T +380 629 534764.
Markets: There are several markets in Mariupol. The main market is in the center of the city, in Metallurgov Av.64. Other markets close to the city center are: “Zastava” market in Stroiteley Av. 60; “Kosmos” market in Shevchenko Av. 295°; “Western” market in Uritskogo St. 85/18. They work all days of the week and the main market works from 8am to 2pm while all the others work from 11am to 6pm.

Education: The Ukrainian educational system is organized into five levels: preschool, primary, secondary, higher and postgraduate education; 11 years of schooling are mandatory from 6 years old to 17 years old. Primary and secondary education is divided into three levels of accreditation of general education: I - “younger”, II - “middle”, and III - “senior”. I level of accreditation comprises grades 1 to 4. Grades 5-9 are usually considered a II level of accreditation or a base secondary education, while 10-11 are a III level. Despite the names, students usually study in the same school institution throughout their primary and secondary education. Primary schooling lasts 4 years and middle school 5. There are then 2 profile years. During the compulsory school years, students should acquire knowledge of the arts and sciences, and how to use it practically. Schools receive 50% of their funding from the city budget and 50% from the national Government budget, while higher education is either state funded or private. The country is well known for its higher education high standards, for both academic and professional qualifications. Mariupol improved recently its educational system and today there are 178 educational establishments in the city and 92 preschools. As for the whole country, Mariupol universities are internationally recognized: Priazovsky State Technical University pstu.edu for technical faculties as metallurgy, power and mechanical engineering, IT as well as humanities and economics; and Mariupol Humanitarian University mdgu.com.ua for philology, history, foreign languages, economics and law. Due to the importance of its port, Mariupol houses also an important marine institute: the Azovsky Marine Institute ami.azov.net.

Hospitals: The Ministry of Health runs the Ukrainian public healthcare system, with all working citizens contributing to the cost: healthcare is available free of charge to all citizens of Ukraine, even if the free services often only cover basic provision. There are a few private clinics in Ukraine which are provided by independent office-based doctors and specialists. The premises are funded largely by private insurance contributions, but it is used only by a small minority of people. The private hospitals are cleaner and the comfort factor is a lot higher than many public hospitals, there are no waiting lists, but then there is a higher fee, which is not always a feasible option for the ordinary citizen. In recent years Mariupol City Council invested in improving public health system: the tasks were carried out by the Board of Health and medical and prophylactic institutions of the city, in order to fulfill the mass measures of the Mariupol Social and Economic Development Programme: to preserve the health of children, adolescent, pregnant women, veterans,  Chernobyl clean-ups, veterans and other categories of population.
The mass measures for birth rate increasing and gaining in children’s health are being executed and there are new programs of preventive measures against socially associated diseases (as tuberculosis and HIV, whose incidence decrease dramatically).

National Medical Emergency Number: 112

The public hospitals in Mariupol are the following:
• Hospital 1 T +380 629 469280, Bodrova St. b.2
• Hospital 2 T +380 629 511531, 50letSSSR St., 46
• Hospital 3 T +380 629 335206, Lenina Av. b. 80
• Hospital 4 T +380 629 221001, Pashkovskogo St. b.4
• Hospital 5 T +380 629 387391, Menzhinskogo St.b. 54

Cost of Living

Consumers Goods
• Business Visitors average spending: € 78/day
• Pleasure Visitors average spending: € 24/day

• Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: € 4.05
• Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant: € 13.76
• Combo Meal at McDonald’s or Similar: € 2.42
• Domestic Beer (0.5 L draught): € 0.40
• Imported Beer (0.33 L bottle): € 0.5      
• Coke/Pepsi (0.33 L bottle): € 0.48                            
• Water (0.33 L bottle): € 0.33

• Milk (regular, 1 L): € 0.90
• Loaf of Fresh Bread (500 g): € 0.40                                
• Eggs (12): € 1.50                                                       
• Chicken breasts, boneless (1kg): € 3.23                           
• Water (1.5 L bottle): € 0.48                                 
• Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range): € 3.23                       
• Domestic Beer (0.5 L bottle): € 0.40                  
• Imported Beer (0.33 L bottle): € 0.81                 
• Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro): € 0.81                      
• One-Way Ticket (local transport): € 0.20
• Taxi (5km within center): € 4.04                   
• Gasoline (1 L): € 1.15
• Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage): € 24.29
• Internet (ADSL) (monthly fees): € 9.71

Taxes: The tax system in Ukraine is based on a personal tax and a corporate tax. Individual taxpayers are considered all residents receiving either income originating from the territory of Ukraine or foreign income and also non-residents receiving income originating from the territory of Ukraine. The standard tax rate is 15% and is usually applied to employment income of up to 10 times the minimum monthly salary, rental income, investment income, inheritance by any heir from a non-resident testator, income from the sale of an object of movable property. For all other cases, the tax rates can vary from 0% to 30%. Ukrainian and foreign companies doing business in Ukraine through a permanent establishment are liable for corporate profit tax, which has a standard rate of 23% on gross income (but there is the provision of a simplified taxation for small entities).

Employment law: All foreign nationals, in order to work in Ukraine, must have a work permit (and an IM-1 Visa), that has to be requested while the applicant in not in the country yet. Both the worker and the employer need to submit a series of documents, in order to apply for the permit. The documents required at the worker usually are the following: copy of the diploma/degree with apostile (translated in Ukrainian), taxpayer number, police clearance certificate, copy of passport. The future employer has to provide some documents too, such as a copy of the draft employment agreement (contract) certified by the employer; a statement confirming that the workplace or position for which the work permit will be issued does not require Ukrainian citizenship and does not require the granting of access to state secrets; proof of mandatory payments of taxes and duties, and so on. Upon receipt of a work permit, the worker applies for a work visas or IM-1 visa, which is a single entry visa requiring registration with the local immigration authorities “UGIRFO”, formerly “OVIR” (temporary residency certificates) within 90 days of his entrance in the country, in order to receive a temporary residency certificate. This certificate will allow the foreigner national to exit and enter the country for the duration of the work permit without having a multiple entry visa.


Cost for renting / buying: The average price to rent a one-bedroom apartment in Mariupol center is 339.80€ per month (outside the city center the price is 170€), and for a three-bedroom apartment in the center it is 459€ per month (284€ outside the center). The average price per square meter for buying an apartment in the city center is 865€ and 613€ outside of Mariupol center.

Where to go / what to do: Foreign nationals who would like to buy a property in Ukraine, once found out a house of their interest, should sign a preliminary contract in front to a solicitor and a notary. Documents required to sign this contract and in all the successive phases of the purchase usually are: a proof of identity such as a valid passport and copy of birth certificate, tax payer number on the territory of Ukraine (TIN assignment issued by the Ukrainian Tax Administration). If a buyer has a registered marriage and he/she has come to Ukraine without wife/husband, he/she must also have the following documents: marriage certificate (copy), legalized copy (certified by apostile) of husband’s/wife’s agreement to buy a property, husband’s/wife’s passport copy (apostile is an international legislation certification and means confirming that a signature, seal or stamp appearing on a document is genuine). uaproperty.com.

Maintenance and repair. Here are some useful links of the main providers available in Mariupol in case of domestic problems:
• Electricity — MIS’KSVITLO  T + 380 629 341089
• Gas — MIS’KSVITLO T + 380 629 341089
• Water — MIS’KSVITLO T + 380 629 341089
• Telephone — UkrTelecom ukrtelecom.ua 

Towns close to the city: Mariupol is surrounded by several small villages, that in some cases are so close to city borders that are like to city’s suburbs easily reached by car or buses (as, for example, Staryi Krim). Most of cases, however, there are not real towns but rather small groups of houses (often with just some hundreds of inhabitants or less) located in the farmland for several kilometers around Mariupol and often only reached by car.

Towns with more services are more distant, as:

•NOVOAZDOSK, administrative center of the district with the same name. The city has a population of 12,702 inhabitants (2001 census) and is located near the natural reserve of Khomytovs’ka steppe. Distance from Novoazdosk: 45 km. How to get to NOVOAZDOSK: the easy way to getting there from Mariupol is by the E58/M14 route and the car ride takes around 45 minutes.
• BERDYANSK, administrative center of the Berdyansky Raion (district) with an estimated population of 125,000 inhabitants. The city is developing its cultural and touristic potential and is known as one of the best sea resort thanks to its climate and the presence of therapeutic mud. Distance from Berdyansk: 74 km. How to get to BERDYANSK: the easy way to getting there from Mariupol is by the E58/M14 route and the car ride takes around 1 hour.


Crime, security and internal stability: Ukraine is seen as a quite stable and safe country, even if foreigner must take some precautions above all outside major cities’ centers. There is the possibility of street crime and petty theft in all cities, and in Mariupol as well, so is advisable to avoid walking alone late at night in dark or poorly lit streets. Police services in Ukraine are provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), which is responsible for the Militia – the national police authority.

Police Department: Mariupol City Department of the national police is located in Georgievskaya St., 63 Mariupol 87500, T +380 629 333357. There are district divisions for the following districts of the city: Illichevskiy, Ordzhonikidzevskiy, Zhovtneviy and Primorskiy.

Corruption: Ukraine ranked #152 with a score of 2.3 points (on a scale 0-10, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 10 means that a country is perceived as very clean) on the list of CPI 2011 (Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in 183 countries around the world). This is an important issue that involves the Ukrainian society on the whole, from individuals to government and juridical powers. Since corruption is considered one of the major problems for doing business in the country (mainly for licensing, taxations and custom duties) the government is taking several actions against it: lastly in 2011 was introduced the National Anti-Corruption Committee. Also the city council of Mariupol is improving its efforts mainly through the Committee for Corruption Prevention and Counteraction. sustainable-mariupol.org.

Foreign presence: Ukraine has strong presence of foreign born population and foreign communities, mainly due to historical events: as the Greek Diaspora and the changes in political and economic situation in republics of the former USSR. Mariupol was involved in these immigration flows and today the city has an ethnic structure composed by around 48% of Ukrainians, 44% Russians, 4% Greeks and the remaining foreign communities are mainly from Belarus, Armenia, Bulgaria and Israel.

Media: Mariupol has several local newspapers (mostly in Russian) and it is also home to several broadcasting companies and radios. Here are some examples.
• TB-7  tv7.com.ua
• MTV (“Mariupol Television”)

• Наше радио (musical radio with
   Russian and Ukrainian interpreters): 106.5 FM
• Авторадио (music and traffic information): 104.0 FM
• Мелодия: 91.1 FM

• Еженедельник 7я (“Mariupol Weekly”): 7ya-gazeta.com.ua
• Вечерний Мариуполь (“Mariupol Evening”): vecherka.com.ua
• Приазовский рабочий: pr.ua

Relations with other countries

Entry/exit:  To enter in Ukraine is not required a visa for most nationals coming from European Union countries, previous URSS countries and North America countries, for a period up to 90 days within a 365 or 180 days period.
A visa is required for citizens of the following countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Public Republic of China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Granada, Guatemala, Guinea and Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia (with exceptions), Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of South Africa, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe. mfa.gov.ua.


Sports activities and facilities: The country on the whole benefited from the Soviet Union’s emphasis on sports and physical education, which still today have an important role in Ukrainian society, with several sporting facilities all around the country. Football today is considered the most popular sport in Ukraine, even if also athletics and basketball are both played and followed. Mariupol features many sporting facilities as stadiums, swimming pools, sports palaces and tennis-courts. Among the sport grounds in the city, there is the “Illych” complex, in which there is a football field, special halls for sport games (basketball, volleyball, tennis, Greco-Roman wrestling) and also additional halls for athletics. The city houses an important professional basketball club, Azovmash Mariupol. Founded in 1991, it is one of the strongest teams in Ukraine and has also been a finalist of the EuroCup 2006/07


Top end restaurants: Mariupol has not a wide range of restaurants, but some of them are really interesting places where to taste the traditional cuisine of Ukraine or international dishes in a lovely ambiance. Hotel European, a restaurant that features a European and Slavic menu, in a distinguished atmosphere of 40 seats and at the sound of romantic music. In summer the restaurant offers a “summer café” outdoor with special barbeque dishes. european.com.ua T +380 629 530373. Hotel Spartak Restaurant, located in the heart of Mariupol, in an ancient building, this is an elegant restaurant with 100 seats, offering Russian and European traditional cuisine. spartak.com.ua T +380 629 331088.
Hot Spot: One Pasta Project, part of a group of conceptual restaurants with unique interior and domestic Italian cuisine, this restaurant presents more than 30 kinds of pasta dishes, as well as pizzas, desserts and dishes of Asian and German Cuisine. mariupol.pastaproject.com.ua T +380 629 526676. Traktir Grecheskoy, this greek restaurant features a styled atmosphere thanks to interior design dating back to the beginnings of XIX century. The menu includes national dishes and author’s culinary masterpieces, and food is often served with high quality wines and retro-music. Grecheskaya Str., 32. T +380 629 474488.
Best Convenient spots: Fast Amsterdam, beer- restaurant that proposes a wide range of dishes, beers and teas with live music. Uritskogo str., 69 T +380 629 415680. Oscar, small café where order pizzas or pancakes with any available stuffing, salads, tea and coffee. Lenina Ave., 116 T +380 629 537746.

Nightlife: The city has different options for nightlife and everyone can find something that suits their mood, going from nightclubs to pubs and bars with live music and theatres.
Bars, Live Music: Coral Travel, this is a club restaurant featuring a dancing ground, the PUB, billiards and a hall of slot machines. The separated zones of the rest which has been designed in style of the Western Europe, the Orient, and Africa where you can have a rest with friends or in a family circle; the round dancing ground is located in the center of a hall, and is the center of club events. Nahimova ave., 43  T +380 629 371099. V.I.P, considered one of the best nightclubs in Mariupol, live music by some of the best Ukrainian DJs. Vinogradnaya str., 35 T +380 629 0418014. Club Tropikanka, located on the coast and offering amazing views of the sea, this beach club is open 24 hours per day and it a well known disco during the evening (after 8pm). Grape Street, 82-a  T +380 067 3754388. Extreme, night club of the amusement park under the same name (the most popular in the country) that offers live music, dance shows and disco music. Nakhimov Avenue, 55 T +380 629 534160.
Concert: Regional Academic Russian Drama Theatre, this historical cultural institution in the city, founded in 1878, features all the year long an extensive program of dramas, comedies, concerts and musical tales. Theatre square 1, theatre.mrpl.dn.ua T +380 629 333367.

Museums and galleries: The majority of museums and art centers in Mariupol focuses on the history of the city or on the artistic productions of some eminent citizens. Mariupol Local History Museum, was founded on February 06, 1920 becoming the first state museum of Donetsk region. Its permanent exposition shows the natural conditions and the history of the southern part of Donetsk region beginning from the primitive times to nowadays. In 2001 to the tenth anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine, the new permanent exhibition “Mariupol for the Period of Independent Ukraine” was opened. 20 Georgiyevska Street marsovet.org.ua/euro2012 T +380 629 336584/335434. Museum of National Household, its exposition tells us about the features of daily life of different nationalities, which are settled on the territory of Azov region from the end of XVIII century - Ukrainians, Russians, Greeks, Jews, Germans, and also about their economic activities and culture. 55 Georgiyevska Street marsovet.org.ua/euro2012 T +380 629 335207. A.I. Kuindzhy Art Museum, devoted to the production of the painter Kuindzhy, this museum presents the original objects of the late XIX - early XX centuries, works of A.I. Kuindzhy and his contemporaries from the funds of Mariupol local history museum including photos, letters of A.I. Kuindzhy, copies of the artist’s paintings from the State Tretyakov Gallery and the State Russian Museum, and also the original works. 58 Georgiyevska st., marsovet.org.ua/euro2012 T +380 629 333301/333209. A.I. Kuindzhy City Center of Modern Art and Culture, is one of the main exhibition centers of modern art in Mariupol, which presents traditional classic exhibitions, modern experimental photo exhibition and exhibits of applied and decorative arts. This principle of exposition material formation gives the opportunity to see the full range of modern fine arts palette by providing a wide cross-section of modern cultural life. 25 Metalurgiv Ave marsovet.org.ua/euro2012 T +380 629 332226. Museum of History and Ethnography of Azov Region Greeks in Sartana Village, displays through, its exhibitions, the process of resettlement of Greeks from Crimean Khanate to Azov region in 1778-1780 years: development of the new territory, of economic activities (agriculture, cattle breeding, trade, crafts), preservation of cultural traditions (house designing, clothes, jewelry, ceremonies and festivals), development of the Greek Azov region Diaspora till present time. General Kurkchi Street, Sartana Village  marsovet.org.ua/euro2012 T +380 629 380321.

Events: The city of Mariupol is improving its cultural offer in these years, with a series of contests and festivals mainly devoted to music, theatre and literature. The following are some examples. During the first week of June takes place the arts competition and festival for children called “The future of the Country”, during which are chosen the young representatives of Ukraine in international arts festivals. The program offers drawing exhibitions, music and dance events. In December there is an International Music Festival with associated a Musical Contest named “Sozvuchye” Mariupol.

Weekend: Kiev, capital of the country, is located around 750 km North from Mariupol and it is possible to reach the city not only by car but also by train. Kiev is often called the mother of Slavic cities: its history covers more than 15 centuries and the beautiful monuments, architectural ensembles and cathedrals testify still today the Slavic culture development. Today the city offers also a vibrant city life with entertainment for all tastes. kiev.info. Yalta, is situated on the southern coast of Crimean Peninsula, often remembered as the place where was held the conference of Yalta during World War II with Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt. The city offers beautiful landscapes, historical monuments and excursions between nature and history. Unfortunately, the city has not a railway station so to reach the city by public transportation people should arrive to the train station of Simferopol, from where leave a bus connection to Yalta. A trip to the area of Carpathian Mountains will give the possibility to discover one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country, for their beautiful mix of natural areas, forests, meadows, shepherds and humans living in harmony with nature. The area is suitable for nature lovers and also for outdoor activities as hiking, cycling and rafting lovers. People can get there by car or by train.