Last updated on April 17th, 2019
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.
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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
|Independence||24 August 1991|
|Table last updated||May 28, 2019|
|Total area||603,550 sq km|
|Population||43,952,299 (July 2018 est.)|
|Literacy||total population: 99.8%|
|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 at birth||72.4 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.
|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|
|Mean elevation||175 m|
|Lowest point||Black Sea 0 m|
|Highest point||Hora Hoverla 2,061 m|
|Natural resources||iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber, arable land|
|Birth rate||10.1 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)|
|Death rate||14.3 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.86 male(s)/female (2017 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||$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.)|
|Internet country code||.ua|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Data sources||1. Central Intelligence Agency|