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Some Basic Statistical Facts About Ukraine

Ukraine is surrounded by 7 countries - Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and is washed by the Azov Sea and by the Black Sea in the South. The country rewards and charms travellers with hospitable people, magnificent architecture and miles of gently rolling steppe. Nearly every city and town has its centuries-old cathedral, and many have open-air museums of folk architecture, caves stuffed with mummified monks, and exquisite mosaics wherever you look. Ukraine has its share of the thoroughly modern, but it's also replete with Gothic, Byzantine and Baroque architecture and art - reminders of its many foreign overlords...

Map of Eastern Europe Full Country Name: Ukraine

Area: 603,700 sq km

Population: 48.05 million

Capital City: Kiev (population 2.6 million)

People: Ukrainian 73%, Russian 22%, other 5%

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2

Dialling Code: 380

Electricity: 220V ,50Hz

Weights & Measures: Metric

Currency: Ukrainian Hryvnia (rate: 1 US dollar=27,00 hryvnias, 1 Euro=30,00 hryvnias)

Languages: Ukrainian (Ukraine's official language), Russian, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian

Religion: Ukrainian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic, Protestant, Jewish

Government: Republic

Head of State: President Petro Poroshenko

Head of Government: Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

Major regional centers, cities: Cherkassy, Chernyhiv, Chernivtsi, Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovsk), Donetsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Kirovohrad, Kyiv, Lutsk, Lviv, Luhansk, Mykolayiv, Odessa, Poltava, Rivne, Sevastopil, Simferopil, Sumy, Ternopil, Uzhhorog, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhzhya, Zhytomyr

Major Industries: Coal, electric power, ferrous and nonferrous metals, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food-processing (especially sugar), grain, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, vegetables, beef, milk

Major Trading Partners: European Union, China, Turkey, Belarus, US

Member of EU: No (not yet)

UKRAINE - FACTS FOR TRAVELER

National Flag of Ukraine Visas: Before, an entry visa to Ukraine was necessary. However, according to a new presidential decree, citizens of European Union, Switzerland, USA, Canada and Japan do NOT need a visa to Ukraine any more. If you come from a land which is not included in the above-mentioned list, and if you need an official invitation for a visa, we will be happy to provide it to you. You should buy an air ticket to the airport "Boryspil" (also often spelled as "Borispol") or Zhulyany in Kyiv. Note: other international airports in Ukraine are located in Kharkiv and Simferopil. Read more information on the page Romantic Tour

When to Go: The best time to go to Ukraine is in spring (late April to early June), when the trees and flowers are in bloom. During this season attractions are less crowded and rainfall is lighter than in summer. The beaches at Odessa and Crimea are packed in summer (July and August). Winter (December and January) is a little cold and snowy at times, but not as cold as in Russia. The average winter temperature is minus 5C in Ukraine. In a word, Ukraine is beautiful at any season of the year.

Events and Holidays: Ukrainians place gifts under fir trees and sing holiday songs for New Year's Day. The country celebrates Orthodox Christmas Day on 7 January. Paskha (Easter) is the main festival of the Orthodox Church year, beginning with midnight services and continuing with parades around village churches throughout the country. In Lviv, the National Virtuoso fills the month of May with musical and theatrical performances focussing on national themes. The capital celebrates spring during Kiev Days, held the last weekend in May. In August, Crimea fetes itself at Yalta's Crimean Stars. Cities and towns honour Independence Day on 24 August with performances and special events.

MAIN UKRAINE'S HOLIDAYS ARE:

New Year's Day - January 01 (it is very widely celebrated in Ukraine, similarly to Christmas in Western Europe or America)
Orthodox Christmas - January 07 (Ukrainian and Russian Christmas, a purely religious holiday)
Old Orthodox Church New Year - January 14 (religious holiday)
St Valentine's Day - February 14 (day of lovers, this holiday appeared in our country only a few years ago)
Women's Day - March 08 (the greatest women's holiday, similar to Mother's Day abroad)
Orthodox Easter (it is celebrated two weeks after Catholic Easter)
May Day - May 01 (international workers' day)
Victory Day - May 09 (victory day over the fascist Germany in 1945)
Constitution Day - June 28 (day of the new Ukrainian Constitution)
Independence Day - August 24 (day which honors Ukraine's independence from the USSR)
School Day - September 01 (day on which the school year begins)
Teachers' Day - October 05 (professional holiodays of all teachers)
Army Day - December 06 (men's holiday)
Catholic Christmas - December 25 (also celebrated - by Ukraine's Catholics and Protestants)

Read more about the holidays in Ukraine on - Ukrainian Holidays

Some Prices: Food is comparatively (in comparison with Western Europe or USA) cheap in Ukraine, and accommodation isn't much more, especially outside Kiev. You can travel comfortably for around US$50 a day, though prices are 15-30% higher in the capital. If you stick to mid-range restaurants and hotels, you can expect to spend around US$30 a day. If you self-cater, share accommodation and rely solely on public transport you can reduce your costs even further. Exchange kiosks have the best rates, while hotels generally have the worst. Hard currency can be changed into hryvnia anywhere, but travellers cheques and credit cards are only accepted at certain banks and exchange offices in a larger cities. However, it does NOT mean that you should bring wads of cash - "bankomats", cash-points, ATMs (automatic teller machines) are everywhere. At upscale tourist-oriented eateries, a tip of about 5-10% is expected, and for this you will receive excellent service. The country itself is rather safe, and there is no more crime than, let us say, in an average Eastern European or American city.

Welcome to Ukraine!!!



 
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