Welcome to Ukraine!
It has an area of 603,628 km2, making it the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world. With a population of about 44.5 million, Ukraine is the 32nd most populous country in the world.
The name Ukraine is believed to originally mean “borderland” or “region”.
Geographic center of Europe is considered to be in a small Western Ukrainian town Rahiv, surrounded by picturesque Carpathian Mountains.
The official language is Ukrainian; however most people are bilingual and speak equally well Russian and Ukrainian with people from west most regions being also fluent in Polish, Hungarian and Romanian.
Ukrainian language took the second place on melodic criteria after Italian and it was ranked as the third most beautiful language in the world on such criteria as phonetics, vocabulary, phraseology and sentence structure after French and Persian at a linguistic contest held in Paris in 1934.
The world’s first constitution was created by a Ukrainian politician Pylyp Orlyk. On April 5th, 1710 he was elected the Hetman of Zaporizhia troops. On the same day Pylyp Orlyk has announced “the Constitution of the rights and freedoms of Zaporizhia army”. For example, U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1787 and French and Polish in 1791.
Popular traditional Ukrainian dishes are borsh – yummy beef and meat soup and varenyky – dumplings filled with meat, potato or sweet berries.