Ukraine is a bountiful and hospitable country that has something special to share with each guest.
Folk crafts, architecture, rich culture, picturesque places for relax and inspiration, great historical heritage will become up close to you. Clean rivers, thick woods, mountains touching the clouds, and deep sea have always been the popular destinations for eco-tourism. The national cuisine deserves special credit – it is a real festival for a gourmand with its substantial and delicious dishes. Visiting Ukraine means to get a memorable experience and overwhelming desire of coming back again for a new portion of emotions and adventures.
The national Ukrainian currency is hryvna (1 hryvna is 100 kopecks). Hryvna was introduced for the first time in 1918 by Mykhailo Grushevsky, a great admirer and expert in the country history and traditions. Hryvna was reincarnated as a new national currency in Ukraine in September, 1996 after the monetary reform.
Ukraine is located in South-Eastern Europe. The square area is 603,500 sq km. Ukraine borders with Belarus in the north, Russia in the east and north-east, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in the west, Romania and Moldova in the south-west. Also Ukraine has an outlet to the Black Sea and Azov Sea. There are 16 natural reserves and 4 biosphere reserves with many botanical parks.
Language and people
The capital of Ukraine is Kiev. The official language is Ukrainian, however, Russian is frequently spoken in everyday speech. The languages of national minorities are Armenian, Belorussian, Bulgarian, Crimean Tatar, Moldavian, Gagauz and others. As on November 10, 2018 the Ukrainian population is 42,220,800. The state territory is divided into 24 administrative regions (called as oblast).