40 Interesting Facts About Ukraine

Last updated on April 17th, 2019

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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.

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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.

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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

Independence24 August 1991
Table last updatedMay 28, 2019
Capital CityKiev
(50°27′N 30°30′E)
Largest CityKiev
(50°27′N 30°30′E)
Total area603,550 sq km
Population43,952,299 (July 2018 est.)
DemonymUkrainian
Literacytotal population: 99.8%
Official LanguageUkrainian
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Land bordersPoland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Russia, and Belarus.
Government typesemi-presidential republic
PresidentVolodymyr Zelensky
Prime MinisterVolodymyr Groysman
CurrencyUkrainian hryvnia (UAH)
ReligionsEastern orthodoxy
Life expectancy at birth72.4 years (2018)
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.
Climatetemperate 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
Terrainmostly fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, with mountains found only in the west (the Carpathians) or in the extreme south of the Crimean Peninsula
Mean elevation175 m
Lowest pointBlack Sea 0 m
Highest pointHora Hoverla 2,061 m
Natural resourcesiron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber, arable land
Agricultural land71.2%
Birth rate10.1 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Death rate14.3 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Sex ratio0.86 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
National symboltryzub (trident)
National anthem"Shche ne vmerla Ukraina" (Ukraine Has Not Yet Perished)
National colorsblue, yellow
Industriescoal, electric power, ferrous and nonferrous metals, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food processing
Exports$39.69 billion (2017 est.)
ferrous and nonferrous metals, fuel and petroleum products, chemicals, machinery and transport equipment, foodstuffs
Imports$49.06 billion (2017 est.)
machinery and equipment; metals and ores; chemicals and plastics; fuels, minerals, and raw materials
GDP - per capita (PPP)$8,800 (2017 est.)
Time ZoneUTC+02:00
Internet country code.ua
Calling Code+380
Drives on theRight
Data sources1. Central Intelligence Agency
2. Wikipedia.org