Dialing code +380
ISO 2 code UA
ISO 3 code UKR
Capital Kiev
Main Language Ukrainian
Currency Hryvnia (UAH)
GDP $337.0 billion 34th
Population 45,415,596 28th


Continent Europe
Location Eastern Europe bordering the Black Sea between Poland Romania and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east
Land 603,700 km2 45th
Terrain Most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus mountains being found only in the west (the Carpathians) and in the Crimean Peninsula in the extreme south
Climate Temperate continental; Mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast; precipitation disproportionately distributed highest in west and north lesser in east and southeast; winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland; summers are warm across the greater part of the country hot in the south
Natural Hazards Most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus mountains being found only in the west (the Carpathians) and in the Crimean Peninsula in the extreme south
Note: Strategic position at the crossroads between Europe and Asia; second-largest country in Europe

Neighbouring Countries

Belarus Hungary Moldova Poland Romania Russia Slovakia


Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state Kyivan Rus which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The cultural and religious legacy of Kyivan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries. A new Ukrainian state the Cossack Hetmanate was established during the mid-17th century after an uprising against the Poles. Despite continuous Muscovite pressure the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years. During the latter part of the 18th century most Ukrainian ethnographic territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire. Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917 Ukraine was able to bring about a short-lived period of independence (1917-20) but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two artificial famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million died. In World War II German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths. Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR democracy remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform privatization and civil liberties. A peaceful mass protest "Orange Revolution" in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor YUSHCHENKO. Subsequent internal squabbles in the YUSHCHENKO camp allowed his rival Viktor YANUKOVYCH to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections and become prime minister in August of 2006. An early legislative election brought on by a political crisis in the spring of 2007 saw Yuliya TYMOSHENKO as head of an "Orange" coalition installed as a new prime minister in December 2007.
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Life Expectancy 68.25 years 137th
Median Age 39.5 years 30th
Birth Rate 9.6 births/1,000 population 187th
Death Rate 15.81 births/1,000 population 18th
Sex Ratio 0.5 male(s)/female 201st
Literacy 99.4% 23rd

45.4 million


Roadways 169422 km 29th
Railways 21655 km 12th
Airports 434 17th
Waterways 2176 km 40th
Heliports 10 17th
Airports paved 6 18th


Currency Hryvnia (UAH)
GDP $337.0 billion 34th
GDP per capita (PPP) $6900 114th