8. Arsenalnaya Metro Station located in Kiev is the deepest in the world (105 meters/344.488 feet). The station was built in1960 and is close to the House of Parliament. It is said that the tunnels near Arsenalnaya have secret shelters built for the political elite.

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11. Orthodox Christianity is the dominant religion in Ukraine. The other Christian denominations include Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Small communities of Calvinists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Lutherans, Methodists and Seventh-day Adventists, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are also found. Judaism and Islam are also practiced.

23. Kiev ranks  the #1 city with the most beautiful women in the world  according to Travelers Digest. (Actually, the first thing I always notice when I come to Ukraine are how beautiful all girls on the street are!!!)







20. Every year, on August 24, Ukrainians celebrate their Independence day also known as national day. The day marks the declaration of Ukraine from the Soviet Union on the 24th of August, 1991.

21. The first gas lamp was invented in Lviv by a local pharmacist in a store named “At The Golden Star” and today there’s a cafe named “Gasova L’ampa” (gas lamp) situated in the same building.

22.  One of the most fun traditional celebrations is Ivana Kupala Day on June, the 23rd.
A huge fire is made and boys and girl (in pairs or solo) jump over it to go through symbolic purification. If a couple jumps over the fire with their hands kept together, their love and marriage will last forever and ever.

19. The third most visited McDonald’s in the world is located in Kiev, near the train station, and considered to be in the top five most crowded McDonald’s in the world.

18. As of 2013, Ukraine is the third largest exporter of grain in the world.

17. The shortest main city street:   Khreshchatyk Street in Kiev is the shortest yet widest main city street in the world. Its length is 1.2 km.

16. Ukrainians wear their wedding ring on the ring finger of their right hand instead of the left hand.

15. According to a Research and Branding Group Survey, a large percentage of Ukrainians, nearly 77%, have never traveled abroad.

14. One of the world’s most famous songs “Summertime” is inspired by an old Ukrainian lullaby:  George Gershwin wrote one of the world’s most famous songs, “Summertime”, after being inspired by an old Ukrainian lullaby called "Oi Khodyt Son Kolo Vikon" (The Dream Passes by the Windows) performed by the Ukrainian National Chorus. And it's not surprising because the parents of George Gershwin were from Odessa (Ukraine).

13. The An-255 “Mriya” was invented by Ukrainians and is considered to be the largest freight-carrying plane in the world. It was originally designed for spacecraft transportation, but now is used in freight haulage. It has the ability to carry more than 560,000 pounds of cargo.

12. World's First Constitution:  In 1710, Ukrainian Hetman Pylyp Orlyk introduced “Pacts and Constitutions of Rights and Freedoms of the Zaporizhian Host”,   at that time a super-progressive document which meant to separate powers into three branches and regulate the rights and responsibilities of the government and citizens.   Some researchers believe that this document is one of the world’s first constitutions and may have been know to those who drafted the U.S. Constitution, which was adopted in 1787.

10. Ukraine is the 4th educated nation in the world. 99.4% literacy in Ukrainians aged 15 and over. 70% of adult Ukrainians have secondary or higher education. The country has about 150 colleges and universities and 80 research institutes.

9.The National University of Ostroh Academy, founded in 1576 in Kiev by the Prince Vasyl-Kostiantyn of Ostroh, is the first university in Eastern Europe. It is the successor of Ostroh Slavic, Greek and Latin Academy, the first higher educational establishment of the Eastern Slavs.

6. Ukraine was the land for Trypillian Civilization, one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. Neolithic archeological culture which existed between 5500 BC and 2750 BC on the territory of modern Ukraine.



7. Demographically, nearly 70% the population of Ukraine are ethnic Ukrainians. The other ethnic groups in the country include Russians, Belarusians, Moldovans, Crimean Tatars, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Romanians, Jews, Armenians, Poles, Greeks and Tatars.

5. “Carol of the Bells” is a Ukrainian folk song:  One of the most famous Christmas songs “Schedryk” (a folk song written by a Ukrainian composer, Mykola Leontovich) is known to the rest of the world as “Carol of the Bells” or “Ring Christmas Bells”. Based on an old Ukrainian folk song, the original lyrics describe a swallow flying into a household to proclaim the plentiful year that the family will have. The song's title is derived from the Ukrainian word "shchedryi" which means "bountiful." The folk melody was sung in many Ukrainian villages.
The song has been used many times in the soundtracks for films and television.

1. Ukraine is the largest country in Europe (slightly smaller than Texas). It has an area of 603,628 sq km and borders the Black Sea.

2. The government of Ukraine is a Republic. (Well, trying to be a Republic.)

3. Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine. Russian is spoken in eastern and southern parts of the country

4. Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine with a population of approximately 3,500,000 and covering an area of 323.9 square miles, it is the largest city of Ukraine. Kiev is the industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center of Eastern Europe. There are many high-tech industries, colleges and universities, and world-famous historical landmarks in Kiev. 

Things to consider.....

Ukraine is the geographic center of Europe:


The geographic center of Europe is on the territory of Ukraine not far from Rakhiv in Zakarpatia oblast. As far back as 1887, experts of Austria Hungary had determined this point, stele and land-surveying sign marking it. In Latin, the following words were engraves there: LОСUS РЕRЕNNІS. Dilicentissime cum lіbеllа lіbrаtіоnіs guае еst іп Аustrіа еt Нungаrіа соnfесtа сum mеnsurа grаdum mеrіdіоnаlіum еt раrаllеlоumіеrum Еurореum. МD ССС LХХХVІІ, "that translated state such a thing: “Permanent, exact, and eternal place. Very precisely, using special apparatus made in Austria and Hungary, with scale of meridians and parallels, set the Center of Europe. 1887.”


Ukraine can be considered as a birthplace of Russia as Kiev was the capital of Kievan Rus, the state which further developed into modern Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

There is more to Ukraine than just Beautiful Ukrainian Women.....


Ukraine was the center of the first Slavic state, Kievan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in all of Europe. 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 achieve a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was re-conquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two forced famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million Ethnic Ukrainians 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 and prosperity has remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civil liberties.