Quick Facts

  • Ukraine has an area of 603,628 square kilometers, making it the second largest contiguous country on the European continent, after the Russian Federation
  • In 1920, Ukraine was forced to endure brutal Soviet rule that engineered two forced famines in which over 8 million died
  • In World War II, German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths
  • Ukraine is a unitary state composed of 24 administrative oblasts (provinces), one autonomous republic, and two cities with special status: Kiev and Secastopol
  • Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine continues to maintain the second largest military in Europe, after Russia
  • Climate: temperate continental; Mediterranean only in the southern Crimean coast; precipitation disproportionately distributed’ highest in west and north, lesser in east and southeast; winters vary from cool along the B;lack Sea to cold farther inland; summers are warm accross the greater part of the country, hot in the south
  • Ethnic Groups: Ukrainian: 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%
  • Languages: Ukrainian (official) 67%, Russian 24%, other 9%
  • Religions: Ukrainian Orthodox-Kyiv Patriarchate 50.4%, Ukrainian Orthodox-Moscow Patriarchate 26.1%, Ukrainian Greek Catholic 8%
  • Population: 44.85 million
  • The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv
  • Other major cities: Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovski, Odesa, Donetsk
  • Literacy rate: 99.4%
  • GDP per capita: $7,233
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

  • President: Viktor Yanukovych
  • Prime Minister: Mykola Azarov
  • Speaker of the Parliament: Volodymyr Lytvyn


Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 68.74 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 26 deaths,100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 8.38 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 3.125/1,000 population
  • Population with HIV/AIDS: 1.1%
  • Children under the age of 5 years underweight: 4.1%
  • Birth rate: 10.8/1,000 population
  • Death rate: 15.2/1,000 population
  • To help mitigate the declining population, the government continues to increase child support payments.  approximately $1,513/first born, $3,088 second born, $6,176 for third and fourth born.
  • A factor contributing to the high death rate is a high mortality rate among working-age males from preventable causes such as alcohol poisoning and smoking
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Images From the Field

NextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnail