Last updated on November 14th, 2017
5 Ukraine facts for kids
#26. Ukraine has the distinction of being the geographical center of Europe.
#27. It features the deepest metro station in the world, which was built in 1960.
#28. Its capital city, Kiev also features the shortest main city street with a length of only 1.2 kilometers.
#29. The average life expectancy is around 71.48 years.
#30. Ukraine has the fourth highest literacy rate in the world.
Geographical location of Ukraine
5 facts about Ukrainians
#31. Native Ukrainians consist of roughly 77.8 percent of the population.
#32. Although Ukrainians are hospitable, they seldom smile in public.
#33. Locals boast a distinctive ethnocultural identity, which is expressed through music and folk oral literature.
#34. Ukrainians are accustomed to energetic, fast-paced folk-stage dancing, which replaced traditional styles.
#35. Locals designed the world’s heaviest aircraft, the An-225 Mriya.
5 weird/fun/random facts about Ukraine
#36. According to the Traveler’s Digest, Kiev is home to the most beautiful women in the country.
#37. The invention of the first gas lamp took place in Lviv.
#38. The country is the second largest in Europe after Russia.
#39. Ukraine hosts up to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the primeval beech forests of the Carpathians.
#40. It has one of the largest armies in Europe.
Ukraine – country at a glance
|Independence||24 August 1991|
|Total area||603,550 sq km|
|Population||44,209,733 (July 2016 est.)|
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|Land borders||Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Russia, and Belarus.|
|Government type||semi-presidential republic|
|Prime Minister||Volodymyr Groysman|
|Currency||Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH)|
|Life expectancy||71.8 years (2016)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Climate||temperate continental; Mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast; precipitation disproportionately distributed, highest in west and north, lesser in east and southeast; winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland; warm summers across the greater part of the country, hot in the south|
|Terrain||mostly fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, with mountains found only in the west (the Carpathians) or in the extreme south of the Crimean Peninsula|
|Natural resources||iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber, arable land|
|Birth rate||10.5 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Death rate||14.4 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.86 male(s)/female (2016 est.)|
|National symbol||tryzub (trident)|
|National anthem||"Shche ne vmerla Ukraina" (Ukraine Has Not Yet Perished)|
|National colors||blue, yellow|
|Industries||coal, electric power, ferrous and nonferrous metals, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food processing|
|Exports||$33.97 billion (2016 est.)|
ferrous and nonferrous metals, fuel and petroleum products, chemicals, machinery and transport equipment, foodstuffs
|Imports||$38.3 billion (2016 est.)|
machinery and equipment; metals and ores; chemicals and plastics; fuels, minerals, and raw materials
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$8,200 (2016 est.)|
|Internet country code||.ua|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Data sources||CIA, Wikipedia|
|Table last updated||June 20th, 2017|