Welcome to Ukraine, geographical center of Europe!
Ukraine is the largest state in Eastern Europe which gained its independence in 1991, following the Soviet Union’s dissolution. The population is about 49 million people, including representatives of various nationalities, namely Ukrainians, Russians, Belarusians, Hungarians, Poles, Jews etc. The Ukrainian language is the official state language while Russian remains widely spoken as well. In addition, a large portion of the young population speaks English.
Geographical center of Europe is located in the Ukrainian territory, in the Carpathian region near the well-known Carpathian Biosphere Reserve. The country is famous for its picturesque scenery: flatlands and mountains, forests and fields, rivers and the sea.
Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine. It was and remains one of the largest cities in Europe. Kyiv was founded more than 1,200 years ago, later becoming the capital of the Kievan Rus, large medieval European state. During its long history Kyiv was a part of other European countries (the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth), as well as the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Each of the aforementioned states left its unique cultural footprint in the city's historical heritage.
About 3 million people live in the modern Kyiv. Today Kyiv remains a Ukraine’s political, industrial, scientific and cultural center.
Modern city life is filled with many cultural, recreational and educational events. The city regularly hosts international exhibitions and various festivals. In 2012 Kyiv as well as other Ukrainian cities have hosted the UEFA European Championship.
The city has two international airports which receive many flights from the capitals and other cities of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, North and South America and other areas daily.
The national currency of Ukraine is the hryvnia. Exchanging such international currencies as US dollar and euro in the capital and other Ukrainian cities shall be no problem. Non-cash transactions are widely used as well.
As a general rule, the foreigners may be required to obtain a visa to visit Ukraine. However, there shall be no difficulties in obtaining Ukrainian visa. All visa categories are issued by diplomatic missions and consular institutions of Ukraine abroad.
There are plenty of places to stay in the capital. Kyiv has over 500 hotels, including premium and economy-class hotels, boutique hotels and suites. You can check availability of rooms at www.booking.com.