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General information

Ukrainian Flag

Full country name:



603,700 sq km (233,000 sq mi)


48.4 million (67% urban and 33% of rural residents)

Capital city:

Kyiv / Kiev (pop 2.6 million)
Other large cities: Kharkiv, Dniepropetrovs'k, Donet'k, L'viv, Odesa, Simferopol


Ukrainian nationals belong to 126 ethnic groups. Ukrainians 77.8%; principal minorities include Russians, Byelorussians, Romanians, Greeks, Tartars, Jews, Germans and Bulgarians.


Official - Ukrainian;


Ukrainian Orthodox, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic, Protestant, Jewish


1 Hryvnia (Hr) = 100 kopiyok


Parliamentary-Presidential Republic

Legislative Power:

Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council)

Executive Power:

Cabinet of Ministers

Political Division

24 oblasts (regions) and one autonomous republic Krym (Crimea)


Viktor F. Yanukovich
Ukrainian Coat of Arms

Ukrainian Flag:

Composed of two equal horizontal bands of blue and yellow colors. It represents ripe wheat under the blue sky. Coat of Arms: Trident (Trizoob) on the blue background. In Kievan Rus it was the coat of arms of the Ryurik Dinasty. Ukraine is basically a bi-lingual Country. You'll find an abundance of Russian speakers in the East and South of the Country, whereas the native Ukrainian speakers you'll find more in the central and western areas.
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