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Key Facts About Ukraine

Official Name:   Ukraine
Capital City:   Kiev (Kyiv)
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Location:   Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east
Political Divisions:   24 oblasts (regions) and 1 autonomous republic (Crimea)
President:   Viktor Yushchenko
Prime Minister:   Yulia Tymoshenko
Latitude/Longitude:   49 00'N, 32 00'E
Languages:   Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian
Official Currency:   Hryvnia (UAH) - 1 Hryvnia = 100 Kopiykas
Exchange Rate:   $1.00 USD = 8.50 UAH (Sep 2009)
Religions:   Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate, Ukrainian Orthodox - Kiev Patriarchate, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic (Uniate), Protestant, Jewish
Population:   46,299,862 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area:   603,700 sq km (223,090 sq miles)
Independence:   August 24, 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
GDP:   Purchasing Power Parity - $364.3 Billion
Inflation Rate:   16% (Dec 2007 est.)
Industries:   Coal, electric power, ferrous and nonferrous metals, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food processing (especially sugar)
Time Zone:   GMT+2 (7 hours ahead of EST)
Mobile Phone:   GSM 900/1800 Standard
Mobile Operators:   Beeline, Golden Telecom. Kyivstar, Life:), TMC
Main Post Office:   22 Khreschatyk Street (Independence Square)
Electricity:   220-260 Volts/50 Hz Standard
Credit Cards:   American Express, Cirrus, Maestro, MasterCard/Euro Card, Visa, Visa Electron
Personal Checks:   Non-existent
Travelers Checks:   Not popular, accepted at only a few banks
ATM Machines:   Readily available, accept most credit cards and dispense cash in UAH.  Many locations also dispense cash in US dollars
Business Hours:   10:00 - 18:00
Express Mail:   DHL, UPS, Federal Express, TNT
Country Tel. Code:   38
Kiev Tel. Code:   044
Country Visa:   Required for some countries
Speed Limits:   City - 60 kph/37 mph, Country - 90 kph/56 mph, Highway -  120 kph/72 mph
Driving /Drinking:   Zero tolerance country


 

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