CapitalKiev (2.700.000 in 2007)
1 Euro = 11.19 Grivna
1 Grivna = 0.090 Euro
Time zoneUTC +2
LanguageUkrainian is the official language. Russian and English are spoken.
Entry requirementsPassport is required, with a validity of at least 3 months. Visa is not necessary for stays up to 90 days. Most European driving licenses are accepted. In some cases the Green Card might be necessary.
Travelling with petsSmall sized pets like cats, dogs must travel with an animal passport and a certificate of good health conditions issued by an official veterinary institute or authorized organism. The date of issue must be within 10 days from arrival in Ukraine.
Health and safetyBoth private and public health structures are often insufficient, and common medicaments are available in the biggest cities only. No vaccination is required. Upon medical advice the vaccination against diphtheria is recommended. The areas on the borders with Moldavia are considered as unsafe. Suburban areas of the biggest cities and secondary roads should also be avoided.
ClimateThe inner territories in Ukraine are characterised by a moderate continental climate (hot (but not sultry) summers and cold winters, with temperatures below zero). The eastern territory is generally colder due to the Siberian winds which hit these places. Western territories on the contrary are affected by the warm winds from the Mediterranean sea.
Form of governmentAfter the independence from the Soviet Union on 25th September 1991, Ukraine has become a semi presidential republic.
EconomyThe Country’s economy is pretty dynamic in comparison with other post-Soviet countries, And can count on relatively high skilled workforce. After the independence from the Soviet Union the Country has been subject to a restructuring and diversification of the industrial activities. Today metal, mechanical, food, mineral (especially coal and iron) and steel industry represent the key sectors. Agriculture is still very important. The tertiary sector, particularly tourism, is developing.
ElectricityVoltage: 220V – Frequency: 50 Hz. Both German and standard European plugs are used. It is advisable to bring an adapter.
Post offices, banks and communicationsIn the biggest cities post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 16.30 pm. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 16 pm. Mobile phone covering is excellent.
Country code: 0038
Emergency number: 112