The 2022 map above shows key facts about Ukraine.
The modern Ukrainian state was re-established on 24 August 1991 when it withdrew from the Soviet Union.
Here are a few key facts about the country:
- Population: 41,167,336 (excluding Crimea and Sevastopol); 8th largest in Europe and slightly larger than Poland
- GDP (PPP): $622 billion (roughly the same as Sweden or Austria)
- GDP (PPP) per capita: $15,124 (similar to Brazil)
- Capital (and largest city): Kyiv (or Kiev), population 2.96 million (slightly larger than Rome)
- Ethnic groups: 78% Ukraine, 17% Russian, 5% other
- Area: 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi) (slightly larger than France)
- Population density: 73.8/km2 (191.1/sq mi) (similar to Ireland)
- Currency: Hryvnia (₴) (UAH)
- Driving side: right
- Longest River: Dnieper (4th longest in Europe)
- Highest Peak: Mount Hoverla 2,061 metres (6,762 ft)
87.3% of the country is Christian and as of 2018 they belong to one of the following 6 churches:
- 26.5% Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate
- 24% – Orthodox Christians not affiliated with any particular church
- 12% Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate
- 7.8% Greek-Catholic Church
- 1.1% Ukrainian Autocephalous Church
- 1.1% Roman Catholic or Protestants
Ukraine or The Ukraine?
While Ukraine was referred to “The Ukraine” for most of the 20th century during Soviet Rule, the country’s official position today is that it should be referred to simply as Ukraine.
“The Ukraine” is incorrect both grammatically and politically, says Oksana Kyzyma of the Embassy of Ukraine in London.
The term Ukraine itself means “borderland.”
Crimea has a population of 2.4 million people and is majority Russian, unlike the rest of Ukraine.
In 1783 it was annexed to the Russian Empire.
In 1917 it became an autonomous republic within the Russian SFSR in the Soviet Union.
In 1954, the Soviet Union transferred Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR from the Russian SFSR.
In 1991 it formed part of of the new Independent Ukraine, with some autonomous status.
Since 2014 the region has become a de facto part of Russia who invaded the same year.
One of the things Ukraine is best know for is the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster on 26 April 1986. It is regarded as the worst nuclear accident in history. While fewer than 100 died in the initial explosion and subsequent clean-up, up to 16,000 may die prematurely across Europe due to slightly increased cancer risk.
There is now a 2,600 km2 (1,000 sq mi) Chernobyl exclusion zone around the former power plant.
5 Biggest Cites
- Kyiv: 2.96 million
- Kharkiv: 1.43 million
- Odesa: 1.01 million
- Dnipro: 0.98 million
- Donetsk: 0.91 million
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