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10 August 2015
Overall impression

It’s a place to earn initial savings and improve your skills. In general – you can organize your time well while you get work experience and collect money.
Proximity to the sea: Sea is far away, we can go there on vacations only.

Impression of local population

There’re almost no local people in the town. The population consists of many nationalities (like Caucasians and Ukranians), which is typical for cities in West Siberia.


Far North. Temperature varies from -60 in winter (which is quite rare) to +30 in summer (which is also quite rare). Winter lasts 9 months, summer lasts one month. There is no mud in spring and autumn, but there is sand everywhere, which brings inconvenience in summer. Winters are long and snowy, work conditions are specific.


There are kindergartens, several colleges and a branch of Oil institute – so it’s almost impossible to get higher education here.

Quality of medicine (quality and cost)

Medicine in general is well developed due to increased demand on health in the Far East. More specialized medicine depends on a doctor, but the level in general is below average.

Language (learning of the local language and communication with the local people)

Communication with local people takes place only during the March fair of indigenous peoples.

Transport (road access, quality of roads, level of driving, gasoline cost, public transportation)

There is a road to the city which is maintained quiet well – I’d rate its quality is 3 out of 5. Road condition in the town is better, but roads in the courts are awful as everywhere in Russia.
Drivers are mostly used to stop for pedestrians crossing the street and other cars. But of course, there are some rude drivers. Due to record-low temperatures people help each other. Due to remoteness from major flea markets there’s a low percentage of car thefts. Actually, people put car alarms only to make the engine auto-start in the morning. Gasoline is the most expensive in Russia.
Public transport consists of buses which run on a regular basis. There are benefits for students and pupils. In general public transport is well organized.

Travelling abroad: The nearest international airport is situated in Surgut and Tyumen.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

Prices are 30-80% higher than in Tyumen and Yekaterinburg – the nearest big cities.
The average cost of living is 15-20 thousand rubles for one person and 40-50 thousand rubles for a family that consists of four members (without rental fees). There is a problem with entertainment – not so much to choose from. There are several bars, clubs and groups of interests and so on. Hunting and fishing are very popular.

Job (search complexity, level of salary)

Young specialists have low salaries, but it’s not hard to find a job (technical support engineer, system administrator, etc.). The turnover is quite big. It’s harder to find a job for a specialist with experience due to higher demands for salary.
For a good specialist it’s almost impossible to find a job here, but it depends on the employer. Of course, corporate job is more attractive, but it’s very hard to get a job in a big corporation.
Vacations are very long – not less than 52 days a year.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

Housing is expensive. Rental fee is almost like in Moscow, real estate prices are like in Moscow suburbs.


Crime rate is lower than average in Russia.

Women \ men (for dating)

I met my wife here :-)

Internet access (availability, price)

There are two optic lines in the city, so there are two Internet service providers respectively. Prices are very high compared to other Russian cities: for instance, unlimited 40 Mbit/s costs 2000 rubles.

The region's economy (crisis, inflation)

Economy is based on natural gas and gas production companies. There are good benefits.

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