Ukraine

The Ukraine is located in the very East of Europe and it is also one of the largest country in that region. The country is bordering Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldavia and also the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. It is a popular tourist destination for travelers from Western Europe and North America. The reason for its popularity is the rich historical character of the country dating back as early as nine hundred years. The capital and also the biggest city in the country is Kiev where most travelers begin their journey.

Population & Languages

Ukraine has a population of 45.9 million and the official language being spoken is Ukrainian. But Russian, Romanian, Polish and Hungarian are also spoken here.


Simeiz, Ukraine

Electricity

Voltage is 220 volts and the frequency is 50Hz.The standard European round pin attachment plug is used.

Geographic Location

Like already said Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe bordering Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and also the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The country is a transportation hub as it is located on the ‚border‘ between Asia and Europe.

Local Customs

The locals are warm hearted and welcoming travelers very friendly. People here are dressing casual most of the time but formal wear is expected when visiting theatres or good restaurants. When invited to someone’s house small gifts are appreciated. Service tax is included in fine restaurant and hotel bills so tipping is not common.


Statue of Bogdan Kmealnitshsky, Kiev, Ukraine

Places to see

Places one should visit are:
- St. Sophia Cathedral which is as old as nine centuries and it is one of the architectural marvels of Ukraine
- Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (Caves Monastery) – These caves are as old as one millennium and dating back to 11th century
- Great Patriotic War Museum
- Statue of the Motherland in Kiev

Travel

Ukrainian International Airlines is the national airline here, in collaboration with Austrian Airline and Aer Fir Group it links Kiev to Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Brussles, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Vienna and Zurich. Lviv airlines also connects to New York, Warsaw and Washington. The biggest airport, Boryspil State International Airport (KBP), is located 25 miles away from Kiev.

Izmail and Odessa, both situated on the River Danube, are the major ports of Ukraine through which the country is connected with Russia and Georgia. One can also get a connection to various cities on the Black Sea and the Mediteranian Sea. To get a connection to Turkey one must use Sevastopol.

The railway network of the Ukraine has about 14,000 miles of railway tracks linking most of its towns and cities. The main stations are Kiev and Lviv which connect with Moscow on a daily basis. The country is also connected via rail to Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania.

Ukraine has an extensive network of roads with approximately 107,000 miles of road network out of which nearly 18,000 mile is main or national roads.


StMichael, Kiev, Ukraine

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. Up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g tobacco
2. 1 liter spirit over 22% or 2 liter wine or 32 liter beer
3. Goods for personal use with a combined value of €200

Prohibited Items in Ukraine are: Narcotics, firearms, ammunition, weapons, most meat and dairy products, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.