Welcome to Ukraine

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION

Location: Central-Eastern Europe, part of the East-European plain, between 44??20? and 52??20? N and 22??5? and 41??15?E.
Area: 603 700 km2
Population: 47 000 000 (25th in the world, population density – 80 p/km2)
Internet top-level domain: ua
International phone code: 380

LANGUAGE

Ukrainian became the official language only in 1990, replacing Russian. Most of the population in eastern Ukraine and in Kyiv speak Russian as a first language, while Ukrainian is the first language in western Ukraine. Although those in the political world and the local media use both languages, official documents are now in Ukrainian. The two languages share almost the same Cyrillic alphabet, and if you arrive unfamiliar with either language a phrase book or interpreter is almost essential. Not much English is spoken here.

UKRAINE MONEY

The national currency of the Ukraine is the Hrivna (Pronounced Grivna). Letter code UAH, digital code 980.
The Hrivna is the official currency and all banks, restaurants, disco, etc. and all other normal purchases are conducted in Hrivnas. If you are paying for something privately, U.S. dollars are the top currency followed by the Euro. Travelers checks, American Express and Barclays can be cashed in local banks into dollars for 3%. ATM cards are widely used and bank machines are literally every 100 yards (98 meters :-). ATM machines dispense the Hrivna and some even dispense dollars for an additional 3%. Instructions are in Russian, Ukrainian and English. Some machines have German and French also.

CAPITAL OF THE UKRAINE

Kyiv is The Capital of Ukraine, modern European City. 
Kyiv is political, administrative, cultural and scientific center of Ukraine! 
Whoever you are, wherever you are from, and whatever your educational background may be, when you are on a visit to Kyiv you simply must go and see the Pechersk Lavra Monastery, one of the most important sights in town and a Thousand-Year old Monastery and History!!!

CLIMATE

moderately continental, except for Southern Crimea, where the climate is subtropical, of the Mediterranean type. The Carpathian climate is also mild, with warm winter and rainy summer.
Average winter temperature is from -8° to -12° C (from +17.6° F to +3° F). In the Southern regions average winter temperature is 0° C (+32° F).
Average summer temperature is from +18° to +25° C (from +64.4° F to +77° F), although maximum temperature can be more than +35° C (+95° F).
Best time to visit Ukraine: summer, late spring and early autumn.

TIPS

Restaurant bills normally include a 5% service charge, however, you often find that a few extra hryvnias (10% suggested) can make your dining experience a lot more pleasurable.

ELECTRICITY

220 volts, 50Hz is the standard electrical voltage throughout Ukraine. To use electrical appliances you will need a converter as well as an Eastern-European plug adapter.

ALCOHOL

Throughout Ukraine alcohol is quite inexpensive and easily accessible. Ukraine is a zero tolerance country, so do not drink and drive. The fines are substantial and you are never sure what may happen in such incidences with the militia.

UKRAINE OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS

Holiday Date
New Year Day January 1
Orthodox Christmas January 7
Womens Day March 8
Orthodox Easter April 8*
Labor Day May 1, 2
Victory Day May 9
Holy Trinity Day May 27*
Constitution Day June 28
Independence Day August 24

*varies due to orthodox calendar


Welcome to Ukraine