Ukraine facts

Ukraine is situated in Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east.

Key Facts About Ukraine

Official Name: Ukraine
Capital City: Kiev (Kyiv)
Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east
Political Divisions: 24 oblasts (regions) and 1 autonomous republic (Crimea)
President: Victor Yanukovich
Prime Minister: Nikolay Azarov
Latitude/Longitude: 49° 00'N, 32° 00'E
Languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian
Official Currency: Hryvnia (UAH) - 1 Hryvnia = 100 Kopiykas
Exchange Rate: $1.00 USD = 8.15 UAH (Sep 2011)
Religions: Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate, Ukrainian Orthodox - Kiev Patriarchate, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic (Uniate), Protestant, Jewish
Population: 46,299,862 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area: 603,700 sq km (223,090 sq miles)
Independence: August 24, 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
GDP: Purchasing Power Parity - $364.3 Billion
Inflation Rate: 16% (Dec 2010 est.)
Industries: Coal, electric power, ferrous and nonferrous metals, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food processing (especially sugar)
Time Zone: GMT+2 (7 hours ahead of EST)
Mobile Phone: GSM 900/1800 Standard
Mobile Operators: Beeline, Golden Telecom. Kyivstar, Life:), TMC
Main Post Office: 22 Khreschatyk Street (Independence Square)
Electricity: 220-260 Volts/50 Hz Standard
Credit Cards: American Express, Cirrus, Maestro, MasterCard/Euro Card, Visa, Visa Electron
Personal Checks: Non-existent
Travelers Checks: Not popular, accepted at only a few banks
ATM Machines: Readily available, accept most credit cards and dispense cash in UAH. Many locations also dispense cash in US dollars
Business Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Express Mail: DHL, UPS, Federal Express, TNT
Country Tel. Code: 38
Kiev Tel. Code: 044
Country Visa: Required for some countries
Speed Limits: City - 60 kph/37 mph, Country - 90 kph/56 mph, Highway - 120 kph/72 mph
Driving /Drinking: Zero tolerance country

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