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General facts

Population: 44.5 million
Capital: Kiev
Official language: Ukrainian
Currency: Hryvnia
Religion: Orthodox Christianity
Motto: Слава Україні! (Glory to Ukraine!)
National Anthem: Shche ne vmerla Ukraina

Interesting facts

  • Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe, north of the Black Sea, and next to Russia. Ukraine also borders Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and Belarus.
  • Food in Ukraine is typical Eastern European food, such as cheese (especially head cheese), sausage, and borscht, which is the national soup of Ukraine.
  • Ukraine is the largest state situated entirely in Europe.
  • Some 77 percent of Ukrainians have never been abroad, while 36 percent of Ukrainians have never been outside their region
  • Ukraine has the world’s largest reserves of manganese ore – 2.3 billion tons or about 11% of all deposits of the world.

More obscurely, did you know...

  • The third most visited McDonald’s in the world is located in Kiev!
  • Ukraine suffered the world’s worst recorded nuclear accident in 1986
  • Ukrainians are the fifth most-drinking nation in the world