Capital : Kyiv
Official language : Ukrainian
Other languages : Russian
Population : 42,500,000
Currency : Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH)
Time zone : UTC +2
Drives on the : Right
Calling code : +380
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Ukraine is a president / parliamentary republic with the authority divided between The President (Head of the executive power), Verkhovna Rada (Legislative power, Parliament) and court system. The main law is Constitution adopted in 1997 Borders are with Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova.
The capital is Kyiv (Kiev).
The territorial divisions are 24 regions.
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. Ukraine borders the Russian Federation to the east and North-East, Belarus to the North-West, Poland,Slovakia and Hungary to the West, Romania and Moldova to the South-West, and the Black Sea andSea of Azov to the South and Southeast, respectively. It has an area of 603,628 km², making it the largest country entirely within Europe.
In 1999–2001, Ukraine served as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Historically, Soviet Ukraine joined the United Nations in 1945 as one of the original members following a Western compromise with the Soviet Union, which had asked for seats for all 15 of its union republics. Ukraine has consistently supported peaceful, negotiated settlements to disputes. It has participated in the quadripartite talks on the conflict in Moldova and promoted a peaceful resolution to conflict in the post-Soviet state of Georgia. Ukraine also has made a substantial contribution to UN peacekeeping operations since 1992.
Nowadays Ukraine has bad relations with Russian Federation.
Ukraine has a mostly temperate continental 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 inches) of precipitation annually, while Crimea receives around 400 millimetres (15.7 inches). Winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland. The average yearly temperature in Ukraine varies between +5..+7 C in the north and +11..+13 C in the south.
Ukraine occupies 8th place in Europe by the number of tourists visiting, according to the World Tourism Organisation rankings. Ukraine is a destination on the crossroads between central and Eastern Europe, between north and south. It has mountain ranges – the Carpathian Mountains suitable for skiing, hiking, fishing and hunting. The coastline on the Black Sea is a popular summer destination for vacationers. Ukraine has vineyards where they produce native wines, ruins of ancient castles, historical parks, Orthodox and Catholic churches as well as a few mosques and synagogues. Kiev, the country’s capital city 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. The Crimea, a little “continent” of its own, 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 there 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. Ukrainian cuisine has a long history and offers a wide variety of original dishes. The Seven Wonders of Ukraine are the seven historical and cultural monuments of Ukraine; the sites were chosen by the general public through an internet-based vote.
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According to the constitution, the state language of Ukraine is Ukrainian. Russian is widely spoken, especially in Eastern and Southern Ukraine. Ukrainian is mainly spoken in Western and central Ukraine. In Western Ukraine, Ukrainian is also the dominant language in cities (such as Lviv). In central Ukraine, Ukrainian and Russian are both equally used in cities, with Russian being more common in Kiev, while Ukrainian is the dominant language in rural communities. In eastern and southern Ukraine, Russian is primarily used in cities, and Ukrainian is used in rural areas. These details result in a significant difference across different survey results, as even a small restating of a question switches responses of a significant group of people.
English is not spoken. Between themselves, the people in it do not communicate. If you want to talk to someone in English, it is better to communicate with the younger generation. To speak with the local population in another language is unlikely.
Ukraine’s healthcare system is state subsidised and freely available to all Ukrainian citizens and registered residents. However, it is not compulsory to be treated in a state-run hospital as a number of private medical complexes do exist nationwide. The public sector employs most healthcare professionals, with those working for private medical centres typically also retaining their state employment as they are mandated to provide care at public health facilities on a regular basis.
Ukraine produces nearly all types of transportation vehicles and spacecraft. Antonov airplanes and KrAZ trucks are exported to many countries. The majority of Ukrainian exports are marketed to the European Union and 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 1991 and 2007, Ukraine has launched six self made satellites and 101 launch vehicles, and continue to design spacecraft. 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. 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. Ukraine ranks fourth in the world in number of certified IT professionals after the United States, India and Russia.
The traditional Ukrainian diet includes chicken, pork, beef, fish and mushrooms. Ukrainians also tend to eat a lot of potatoes, grains, fresh and pickled vegetables. Popular traditional dishes include varenyky (boiled dumplings with mushrooms, potatoes, sauerkraut, cottage cheese or cherries), borsch (soup made of beets, cabbage and mushrooms or meat) and holubtsy (stuffed cabbage rolls filled with rice, carrots and meat). Ukrainian specialties also include Chicken Kiev and Kiev Cake. Ukrainians drink stewed fruit, juices, milk, buttermilk (they make cottage cheese from this), mineral water, tea and coffee, beer, wine and horilka.
The current political situation and its impact on foreign students
Currently, foreign students can not learn in universities located in the territory of the Crimea and some cities of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
However, most universities have transferred their housing in other cities of Ukraine and continue to train students. EdukationBro does not recommend students to come to study at universities that are physically located on the territory of Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Education in the rest of the country is absolutely safe and students are not faced with any problem while studying there.
Universities in Ukraine
- National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”
- National Mining University
- National Aviation University
- Sumy State University
- Ternopil National Economic University
- Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas
- Odessa National Mechnickov University
- National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
- Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
- Lviv Polytechnic National University
- National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
- Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
- Ternopil State Medical University
- Poltava National Technical University
- Ternopil Ivan Pul’uj National Technical University
- Uzhhorod National University
- Bukovinian State Medical University
- Kharkiv National University of Economics
- National Technical University Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute
- Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University
- Donetsk National Medical University
- Zaporizhzhya National University
- The National University of Ostrog Academy
- KROK University
- National Aerospace University “Kharkov Aviation Institute”
- Kremenchuk National University
- Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics
- National University of Food Technologies
- Zhytomyr State University
- Pryazovskyi State Technical University
- Kyiv National Economic University
- Odessa National Polytechnic University
- Odessa National Medical University
- Bogomolets National Medical University
- Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University
- Kherson State University
- Ukrainian Engineering and Pedagogical Academy
- Lviv National Medical University
- Precarpathian National University
- National University of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine
- Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics
- Zaporozhye State Medical University
- Dnipropetrovsk National University
- Odessa National Maritime University
- Vinnitsa National Medical University
- Kharkiv National Medical University