• Number of the week: 18 %

    GIF: Karolina Uskakovych, European Focus

    For 2022, the city of Mariupol’s planned budget growth was 18%. Before the full-scale war, the port city was one of the richest Ukrainian cities: taxes paid by local industry helped create a prosperous local economy.

    This money was allocated to build a new park and a transport depot, and to support festivals dedicated to classical music, literature and modern art.

    Thanks to its thriving artistic scene, Mariupol received the status of the Ukrainian cultural capital in 2021. Delicious seafood from the Sea of Azov and speciality dishes prepared by the 20,000s of ethnic Greeks also made Mariupol a destination for foodies.

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