The Ukrainian landscape consists mostly of fertile plains (or steppes) and plateaus, crossed by rivers such as the Dnieper. Significant natural resources in Ukraine include iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber and an abundance of arable land. The country is still today a globally important market and supplier, and particularly, as of 2011 it’s the world's third biggest grain exporter.
Total Area: 603,628 km2 (233,090 sq. miles)
Population: 45,888,000 (2010 estimate)
Ukraine is a country in Central and Eastern Europe. Ukraine borders the Russian Federation to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. It is the second largest contiguous country on the European continent, after the Russian Federation.
Ukraine is a unitary state composed of 24 oblasts (provinces), one autonomous republic (Crimea), and two cities with special status: Kiev, its capital and largest city, and Sevastopol, which houses the Russian Black Sea Fleet under a leasing agreement. Ukraine is a republic under a semi-presidential system with separate legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The President is elected by popular vote for a five-year term and is the formal head of state.
Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine continues to maintain the second largest military in Europe, after that of Russia. The population’s origins of about 77.8 percent are of Ukrainian ethnicity, with sizable minorities of Russians (17%), Belarusians and Romanians. The Ukrainian language is the official language in Ukraine. Russian is also widely spoken. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which has heavily influenced the cultural areas of architecture, literature and music.
The country is still today a globally important market and supplier, and particularly, as of 2011 it’s the world's third biggest grain exporter. Ukraine is also (jointly with Poland) preparing to host the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (also known as UEFA's EURO 2012).
Sources: Wikipedia, Ukraine.com
Ukraine has a mostly temperate continental climate, although a more Mediterranean climate is found on the southern Crimean coast, and the city of Odessa is the best example of such climate. Precipitation is disproportionately distributed; it is highest in the west and north and lowest in the east and southeast. Western Ukraine receives around 1,200 millimetres (47.2 in) of precipitation annually, while Crimea receives around 400 millimetres (15.7 in). Winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland. Average annual temperatures range from 5.5 °C (41.9 °F) -7 °C (44.6 °F) in the north, to 11 °C (51.8 °F) -13 °C (55.4 °F) in the south.
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Ukraine has a very large heavy-industry base and is one of the largest refiners of metallurgical products in Eastern Europe. However, the country is also well known for its production of high-technological goods and transport products, such as Antonov aircraft and various other private and commercial vehicles. The country's largest and most competitive firms have trading stocs on the PFTS Ukraine Stock Exchange.
Ukraine's 2010 GDP (PPP), as calculated by the CIA, is estimated at $305.2 billion. Its GDP per capita in 2010 according to the CIA was $6,700 (in PPP terms) and ranked 107rd in the world. Nominal GDP (in U.S. dollars, calculated at market exchange rate) was $136 billion.
Ukraine produces nearly all types of transportation vehicles and spacecraft. Antonov airplanes and KrAZ trucks built and assembled in Ukraine, are exported to many countries. The majority of Ukrainian exports are marketed to the European Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Since independence, Ukraine has maintained its own space agency, the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU). Ukraine became an active participant in scientific space exploration and remote sensing missions. Between the years 1991 and 2007, Ukraine has launched six self made satellites and 101 launch vehicles, and designing spacecraft is still one of its main crafts.
The country imports most energy supplies, especially oil and natural gas, and to a large extent depends on Russia as its energy supplier. While 25 percent of the natural gas in Ukraine comes from internal sources, about 35 percent comes from Russia and the remaining 40 percent from Central Asia through transit routes that Russia controls. At the same time, 85 percent of the Russian gas is delivered to Western Europe through Ukraine.
The World Bank classifies Ukraine as a middle-income state. Significant issues include underdeveloped infrastructure and transportation, corruption and bureaucracy. In 2007 the Ukrainian stock market recorded the second highest growth in the world of 130 percent. According to the CIA, in 2006 the market capitalization of the Ukrainian stock market was $111.8 billion. Growing sectors of the Ukrainian economy include the information technology (IT) market, which topped all other Central and Eastern European countries in 2007, growing some 40 percent.
Sources: Wikipedia, cia factbook, infoplease
Ukraine is a destination on the crossroads between central and eastern Europe, between north and south. It borders Russia and is not far from Turkey. According to a World Tourism report published by the WTO (World Tourism Organisation), Ukraine occupies 8th place in Europe by the number of tourists visiting, as of 2010; more specifically there were 21.2 Million overseas visitors in Ukraine in that year, as per the State Statistics Agency of Ukraine (SSAU, 2010). This number will be easily surpassed within 2012, as there are high expectations for the UEFA Euro 2012 (Soccer) cup, occurring in both Poland and Ukraine attracting a big chunk of the European and World tourist market. The country's tourism industry is generally considered to be underdeveloped, but it does provide crucial support for Ukraine's economy. Ukraine does have certain advantages though, including much lower costs than other European destinations, as well as visa-free access for most people from Europe, the former Soviet Union, and North America.
The area of Crimea is not an area to omit from anyone’s schedule, as it is a popular vacation destination for tourists for swimming or sun tanning on the Black Sea with its warm climate, rugged mountains, plateaus and ancient ruins. Cities in the Crimea include: Sevastopol and Yalta (location of the peace conference at the end of World War II). Visitors can also take cruise tours by ship on Dnieper River from Kiev to the Black Sea coastline or sample some of the Ukrainian cuisine which has a long history and offers a wide variety of original dishes and tastes.
Many overseas visitors also visit the Seven Wonders of Ukraine, which are seven historical and cultural monuments of Ukraine, as publicly chosen through an internet-based vote. These are:
1. Sofiyivsky Park
2. Kiev Pechersk Lavra
3. Kamianets National Historic-Architectural Reserve
5. Chersonesos Taurica
6. Saint Sophia Cathedral
7. Khotyn Fortress
Sources: Wikipedia, Wikitravel
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Ukraine has vineyards where the locals produce native wines, historical parks, ancient castle ruins, Orthodox and Catholic churches as well as a few mosques and synagogues. The capital Kiev, has many unique structures such as Saint Sophia Cathedral and broad boulevards. There are other cities well-known to tourists such as the harbour town Odessa and the old city of Lviv in the west. It’s mountain ranges and more specifically the Carpathian Mountains are most suitable for skiing, hiking, fishing and hunting, while the coastline on the Black Sea is a popular summer destination for vacationers. So there is a lot to see in this attractive country and apart from rail or bus traveling options, an increasing number of our clients choose a rental car for both their business dealings in and around Kiev and also in Crimea, Ukraine’s most popular resort area. Let's not forget the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship jointly held with Poland this year-please check out our 2012 inclusive rates for UKRAINE CAR RENTAL this year!
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Speed limits in Ukraine are as follows:
60 km/h (36 mph) - in built-up areas
90 km/h (56 mph) - on single carriageway roads
110-120 km/h (68-75 mph) - on motorways
Throughout Ukraine alcohol is quite inexpensive and easily accessible. Ukraine is a zero tolerance country, so do not drink and drive. The fines are substantial and you are never sure what may happen in such incidences with the militia.
Source: uazone.net, itsukraine