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Interesting Facts about Ukraine
  • The name “Ukraine” is derived from the word “krai” which means border.
  • Ukraine is the largest country in Europe among those with entire boundaries within the European continent. Ukraine is about the size of Texas.
  • Ukraine is mainly a vast plain with no natural boundaries except the Carpathian Mountains in the southwest and the Black Sea in the south.
  • The climate of Ukraine is mostly temperate continental. A subtropical Mediterranean climate is prevalent on the southern portions of the Crimean Peninsula. The average monthly temperature in winter ranges from -8° to 2° C (17.6° to 35.6° F), while summer temperatures average 17° to 25° C (62.6° to 77° F).
  • The territory known as Ukraine only had only brief periods of independence before 1991.
  • Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine and over half of the people belong to the Orthodox Christian religion.
  • Ukraine occupies only 0.45% of the planet’s dry land, but it boasts approximately 5 per cent of the world’s total mineral resources
  • Ukraine is a Republic. As stated in the Constitution: “Ukraine is a sovereign and independent, democratic, social, legal State.”
  • The President of Ukraine is the Head of State, Chief of the Executive Branch and acts on behalf of the State. Since his election in July 1994, Ukraine’s President is President Leonid Kuchma.
  • Industry contributes more than 40 per cent of GDP and accounts for more than one-fourth of total employment.
Statistics for Ukraine
Population: 45,994,288 (July 2008 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 68.06 years
male: 62.24 years
female: 74.24 years (2008 est.)
Total fertility rate: 1.25 children born/woman (2008 est.)
Religions: Ukrainian Orthodox – Kyiv Patriarchate 50.4%, Ukrainian Orthodox – Moscow Patriarchate 26.1%, Ukrainian Greek Catholic 8%, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 7.2%, Roman Catholic 2.2%, Protestant 2.2%, Jewish 0.6%, other 3.2% (2006 est.)
GDP – per capita (PPP): $7,800 (2008 est.)
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.4%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.2% (2001 census)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education): total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 15 years (2006)