Area: 603 700 kmÂ² (233 090 milesÂ²)
Capital: Kyiv. Population: 2.67 million
Population: 47.8 million
Currency: Hryvnya (UAH) = 100 kopiyok (singular: kopiyka)
Government: Republic. Gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Tipping: Tips are appreciated. Service is sometimes included in first-class restaurants and hotel bills.
Time zone: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)
Ukraine: Social customs
Ukrainian people are warm and particularly friendly to visitors. It is not at all uncommon for Ukrainians to invite strangers into their own homes. People on the street are friendly despite the rigoursRead more of post-Soviet life. Formal attire is rarely required, though people dress smartly for the theatre. Visitors should avoid ostentatious displays of wealth in public places.
Ukraine: Food and local specialties
Visitors now have a wide choice of cuisines (including French, Indian, Italian, Japanese or Thai), particularly in Kyiv. The national specialties are: Borshch (beetroot soup). Varenniki (dough containingRead more cheese, meat or fruit). Holubtsi (cabbage rolls). Chicken Kiev exists but is better known in the West. Crimean wines are excellent, especially dessert wines such as Krasny Kamen (‘Red Stone’). Abrau and Miskhako are excellent brands of cabernet. Artyomov champagne (bottled in eastern Ukraine). Fortified wines from Massandra, particularly one named ‘Black Doctor’.
- Khreschatyk Hotel, Kiev
- Riviera Boutique Hotel, Kiev
- Rus Accord Hotel, Kiev
- Premier Palace Hotel, Kiev
- Cosmopolite Hotel, Kiev
- Alfavito Hotel, Kiev
- Hotel Dnipro, Kiev
- Park-Hotel Golosievo, Kiev
- Londonskaya Hotel, Odesa
- Radisson Blu Kiev Hotel, Kiev
- KievInn, Kiev
- Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, Kiev
- Kharkiv Palace Premier Hotel, Kharkiv
- Bratislava, Kiev
- President Hotel, Kiev
- Khreschatyk Guesthouse, Kiev
- InterContinental Kiev, Kiev
- BestKievApartment on Independence Square, Kiev
- Theatre Apart-Hotel, Kiev
- Ramada Donetsk Hotel, Donets'k