Ukraine is bordered by Belarus, Russia, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Black Sea on the south.

Ukraine has a heavy-industry base and is one of the largest refiners of metallurgical products in Eastern Europe. The country is also well known for its production of high-technological goods and transport products, such as aircraft and vehicles.

Kiev, on the Dnipro River is the bustling capital and has many grand buildings. Theatre outings to the opera and the ballet are popular. The Carpathian Mountains are a favourite destination for hikers. The resorts on the Black Sea are busy summer destinations. The people of Ukraine are said to be very friendly.

The Essentials

44.6 million   
Ukrainian (official), Russian   
Ukraine Hryvnia   
Hot in the south, colder winters in the north 
Largest Cities
Kiev (cap) pop 2.8m, Kharkiv pop 1.4m, Odessa pop 1m
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