Crisis abroad: how to save hot Baku

The Republic of Azerbaijan is a country in the Eastern part of Transcaucasia on the Caspian sea coast.

The population is about 10 million people.

The average s/p — 487-550 manat (7700-8700 UAH).

Medicine — free, paid, insurance.

Education is paid only the higher diploma is quoted in the EU.

Azerbaijan is one of the first States in the former Soviet Union, which very quickly “came to life” after the collapse of the Soviet Union, marking a new vector of development. After a decade, the country turned into an agrarian-industrial and dynamic. Especially the residents are proud of their capital and compare it with the main European cities. But there is history and “inside.” “In the center is beautiful, especially on the main street of the capital Nizami, and other main streets, — said the Ukrainian tourist Gennady Levchuk, who lived in Baku of 2.5 months. — But it is necessary to curtail into a court yard, and the beauty gives way to mediocrity. Here, as in Kiev or Nikolaev, is yards, cluttered with all sorts of things — grating, props, wires, ropes, etc. And it seems that the residents can not live without it”.

MONEY. Salaries in Azerbaijan is not very high, and vary depending on the type of activity. The main economic sector in the country is oil production: those who work is associated with oil production, are considered to be lucky and cherish the place. Oil “plantations” are located a few kilometers from Baku. Also on the rise, the sheep thriving tourist industry and trade so that workers in these areas, get good money. One of the latest developments — the emergence of a variety of training courses. “Sellers and porters receive about 326 Azerbaijani manat AZN (5160 UAH), drivers — 400-450 AZN (6330-7120 UAH), assistant accountant at the firm — 490-570 AZN (7750-9000 UAH). The same is given to the teacher of the courses” — gave an example of the source. The minimum pension in the country is low, and is 110-150 manat (1700-2400 UAH). But despite the relatively modest income, most Azerbaijanis don’t like beggars and begging. These include disrespectful, and these people are considered lazy, because, according to local, find a job, a little bit to contain himself, able every.

The oil production. The towers are located a few kilometers from the capital.

COSTS. “For electricity, gas, water and trash removal the owner of a large kopeck piece it is necessary to pay about 500 UAH, and in the winter adds a further heating — out of about 1 thousand UAH, — said Gennady. — So, of course, everyone is trying to save water and electricity. Housing is quite expensive: rent odnushki in a residential area will cost 3500-4000 UAH, that is half the average wage”.

TRAVEL. Moving around the country reminiscent of infrastructure of Ukraine. Many people travel on buses (3-10 UAH in terms of our money) in high esteem — metro and taxis. The latter option is chosen by those who is late or gets up at night (at this time difficult to get otherwise), as the pleasure is not cheap even for locals not to mention visitors or tourists. “With the tourist, most likely, will take double tariff, — says Gennady. — Proven: the road from the station to my apartment cost 20 AZN (315 UAH). The real rate, as I was later told by my local friends — half”. Many Azerbaijanis prefer subway. The scheme of use of the subway is similar to Ukrainian: you have to buy a card for 2 AZN (31 UAH) and put on her need to travel amount. Travel is considered to be like us, individual travel, and is about 3.2 UAH.

Baku home. Ropes, ladders and clutter.

STYLE. Most of the inhabitants of Azerbaijan are nothing of the Europeans are no different. Only in some parts, where they honor the traditions, to see women in hijab. Very very rarely are they hiding themselves under the abayas or face nickable. “I have not seen these, but they say that dress like believers, — says another tourist from Ukraine, Olga Samofalova. — Mostly clothing local is not different from our own, at prices including. Jeans 700-900 UAH sneakers — from 1100 UAH”.

EDUCATION. Education in the country for 11 years of compulsory, state schools are basically free (there are private, there is a tuition fee). The universities accept the certificate and the results of independent testing, and higher education of three levels: bachelor (4 years), master (additional 0.5—2 years), doctorate (2-3 years). All universities in the country, paid training: will cost 1,5—6 thousand AZN (24-95 thousand UAH). As we do, to certain categories of students (orphans, disabled, etc.) provide benefits. Cheaper such as specialty engineering, automation, management, teaching, Philology, translation, more — engineering, IT, “mezhdunarodka”. Diploma quoted in Europe, and to undergo additional training is not necessary. “Training for Azerbaijani families are very expensive, so many go to study in other countries, including Ukraine”, — says Olga Samofalova. Women, by the way, quietly studying at universities and occupy different positions, including management (admittedly still the minority).

FOOD. In many cities, stores and shops, a very developed street trading. Many local prefer to buy food with — so a bit cheaper because people mostly do, take their. “Grenades sell, meat, vegetables. Immediately fry kebabs — it’s not uncommon, says Gennady Levchuk. — The prices of the products are very similar to the Ukrainian meat — about 100 UAH/kg, cottage cheese — 50-70 UAH. Local traded, and sellers give in to them. And the visitors price to throw no hurry”.

Pastures. Near the town of wandering flocks of sheep.

MEDICINE. In the country there are medical facilities who serve city government. They provide free services, but the quality of service leaves much to be desired — as, indeed, in Ukraine. But to queue at the doctors is still there, because diagnosis of the disease and treatment in private clinics is expensive, and people are pulling with a trip to the doctor to the last. For example, receiving a doctor of narrow specialization in some private clinics is 35-40 manats (554-633 UAH).