Ukraine travel offers a diverse range of tourist attractions. Enjoy the nightlife, art and theatre in a large metropolitan city like Kiev, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk or Donetsk. Explore the history and architecture of Lviv in Western Ukraine where you will be treated to a unique and almost Central European ambiance. If you enjoy an active lifestyle, Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains are a playground for trekking and eco-tourism. Finally, if you want to relax and enjoy the sun and sea in a Black Sea resort, then Crimea and the remaining southern coastline are perfect Ukraine travel destinations.
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Ukraine Travel - Facts and Resources
Area: The total area of Ukraine is 603,700 km² (233,094 miles²), which makes it the second-largest country in Europe after Russia (slightly larger than France). Ukraine is divided into 24 regions (oblasts) and an Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Ukraine is located in the Eastern Europe near the crossroads between Europe and Asia. Most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, with mountains found in the west (the Carpathian Mountains) and the Crimean Peninsula in the extreme south.
Ukraine has only one time zone, GMT + 2 hours
Climate in Ukraine is temperate and continental and only in southern Crimea are there signs of being subtropical. The average temperature, depending on the region, varies from –7°C (19°F) to +4°C (39°F) in January and from +19°C (66°F) to +30°C (86°F) in July.
47,425,336 (July, 2005 est.)
Population growth rate: -0.63% (2005 est.)
Life Expectancy at birth: (2005 est.)
1. Female: 72.38 years
2. Male: 61.60 years
3. Total Population: 66.85 years
Sex ratio in Ukraine: 0.86 male(s)/female (2005 est.)
Among the total population of Ukraine, 77.8% are Ukrainian. Other ethnic groups include Russian (17.3%), Belo Russian, Jewish, Crimean Tatar, Hungarian, Romanian, German, and Bulgarian.
Official State Language is Ukrainian. The majority of the population, nevertheless, speaks both Russian and Ukrainian.
The main religions in the Ukraine are Christianity Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Roman Catholic and Protestant but Judaism and Islam are also practiced.
Government type: Republic
Ukrainian National Anthem (follow this link to learn the words)
Country Dialing Code: 380
Electricity: ~220 V, 50 Hz, European socket (2-pins)