603,700 sq km (233,089 sq mi)
Population (2010 est.):
Capital and the largest city (2003 est.):
Kyiv (Kiev) - 3,296,100 (metro. area)
Other large cities:
Kharkiv - 1,435,200; Odessa - 1,022,300; Donetske - 984,900; Lvov - 700,100
Ukrainian 67%, Russian 24%, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian
Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belorussian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8% (2001)
Ukrainian Orthodox, Ukrainian Greek Catholic 6%, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 2%, Protestant, Jewish, none 38% (2004)
GMT+2; Daylight Savings Time: GMT+3, observed from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October
AC 220V/50Hz, 2-pin European standard plug is used
Ukraine is a large country in eastern Europe, bordered by the Russia to the east, Belarus to the north, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south. Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe (after Russia).
Ukrainian landscape is dominated by fertile plains (or steppes) and plateaus, forests in the north and with country's highest mountains - the Carpathian Mountains - located in the west. The highest peak is the Hora Hoverla at 2,061 m (6,762 ft). Ukraine has a long coastline stretching for 2,782 km (1,729 mi) in the south and several large rivers: the Dnieper (Dnipro), Seversky Donets, Dniester and Danube at the border with Romania.