What is life like for people living in Ukraine? The Ukrainian family budget is difficult to capture in official statistics since it operates on data about primary income. Meanwhile the cost of living in Ukraine forces most adults to look for alternative income sources; a second job, cultivation of land, using privately owned cars as taxis, selling edible and consumer goods.
In most cases these secondary incomes are received in cash because cash is the most popular form of currency in Ukraine and is practically the only kind of transactions in stores.
As a result, Ukraine has an area of unofficial “gray” economics along with the official economic statistics. These two economies produce a situation where it is impossible to know the sources and amount of income of many Ukrainian households. For now official statistics state that expenditures of the Ukraine population are considerably larger than recognized income.
Here is a short review of the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine based on survey data taken during the first quarter of 2008. Due to the double nature of the Ukraine economics mentioned above, it must be understood that these official data have some significant errors and cannot be applied directly in order to truly understand the economic situation in Ukraine. Nevertheless it will give you a clear idea of what life is like for people living in Ukraine and how they spend their money.
Living in Ukraine.
City of Dnepropetrovsk. Opera Theater.
It was an official statistics. To help aid you, here is a real life example taken from the everyday life experiences of an average family living in a big city in Ukraine. This family is really an average one, their income is not below the official standard of living poverty level, but at the same time their living conditions are not the best and quite typical for Ukrainian families. Information presented below about this family will give you a better idea about the life of people living in Ukraine. Let me introduce them.
I have personally known this family for many years. They are extremely friendly and hospitable people and the warm and inviting atmosphere of their house always attracts their numerous friends. But facts are facts and there are four generations living in that apartment.
They cannot afford to buy another apartment or a house. Even if they could manage to do it, they would be faced with other additional expenses. For example, if the older lady we talked about were to live alone, she would not be able to make house payments and to buy food, because her pension is not big enough to pay for both.
Now you should have an idea about what an average family living in Ukraine can afford for itself.
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