Many people don’t know that much about Ukraine, other than maybe the flag and the fact it’s in Eastern Europe. So here are 20 interesting facts about the country!
1. The Largest Country in Europe
Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. At 603,628 sq. km., it stretches from Russia in the east to Poland in the west, with the Black Sea running along its southern border. It’s nearly three times the size of the UK and beats the second biggest country, France, by 50,000 sq. km. The state is divided into 24 oblasts (counties).
With such a large area, Ukraine has a lot to offer. From the beautiful Carpathian mountains that offer picturesque landscapes of forests, rivers, and valleys, to beaches found near the city of Odesa and vibrant cultural cities like Kyiv and Lviv. Not only is it an extremely large country, but also a very unique and exciting one.
2. Yellow and Blue Flag
The national flag of Ukraine has two equally sized horizontal bands of blue and yellow. The colors represent the wide blue skies and the yellow represents the wheat fields that characterize the country.
3. National Language
The Ukrainian language is the only official language in Ukraine. Interestingly, the Ukrainian language was rated the 3rd most beautiful language, in 1934, behind French and Persian; it was also rated the 2nd most melodious, behind Italian. In addition, many Ukrainians are bilingual: in many areas, you will find people who speak Russian or those who understand it.
4. Weather and Climate
Ukraine has a mostly temperate, continental climate. Precipitation is disproportionately distributed; it is the highest in the west and north and the lowest in the east and southeast. Winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland. Average annual temperatures range from 5.5 °C–7 °C in the north to 11 °C–13 °C in the south. Summers are not so hot and temperatures range from 17°C to 25(30) °C. However, winters can be very cold, attracting lots of snow and creating a beautiful wintery wonderland, perfect to enjoy an authentic Christmassy getaway!
5. Ukraine Has Seven World Heritage Sites
Ukraine is home to seven sites protected by the UNESCO World Heritage List, they are also among the best places in Ukraine to visit. These include Kyiv’s Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Lviv’s historic centre, unique wooden churches in the Carpathians and the beech forests that surround them. Here’s a rundown of the amazing protected places you need to visit during your holidays in Ukraine.