About Ukraine

  • Economic Outline 
  • Political  Outline 
  • Trade Profile
  • Business Practices 
  • Reaching the Consumers 
  • Selling 
  • Buying 
  • Operating a Business Investing
  • Entry Requirements 
  • Once in the Country 
  • Living

Ukraine: Introduction
Capital: Kiev
Total Population: 45,870,700 
Annual Growth Rate: -0.4%
Density: 79 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 68.1%
Population of main cities (including suburbs): Kiev (3,400,000); Charkiv (1,830,000); Dnipropetrovsk (1,360,000); Odessa (1,080,000); Donetsk (1,850,000).
Ethnic Origins: Ukrainians 77.8%, Russians 17.3%, Others 4.9%.
Official Language: Ukrainian
Other Languages Spoken: The Constitution protects minority languages, especially Russian which is spoken in the center, south and in the east of the country. Indeed, Russian speaking people are the most significant national minority in Ukraine (22%). Otherwise, the administration only uses Ukrainian. However, the majority of civil servants are bilingual, even if some of them prefer using Russian. In Crimea, the language spoken is Tatar. It is highly recommended to speak only Ukrainian in the western part of the country.
Business Language(s): Russian remains the language of business except in the west of the country. Although there are more and more people with some knowledge of English, an interpreter is often required.
Religion: Orthodox: 83,7% (Kyiv Patriarchate: 50,4%, Moscow Patriarcate: 26,1%, Autocephalous Orthodox: 7,2%), Ukrainian Greek Catholic: 8%, Roman Catholic 2,2%, Protestant: 2,2%, Jewish: 0,6%, Other: 3,3%.
Literacy Rate: 99.4%

Exchange Rate in 2012:
National Currency:
Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH)
1 UAH = 0.1230 USD, 1 USD = 8.1294 UAH
1 UAH = 0.0932 EUR, 1 EUR = 10.7303 UAH

Country Overview
Area: 603,550 km²
Type of State: Parliamentary democracy.
Type of Economy: Developing market economy.
Importance of the agricultural sector (10% of GDP); economy greatly dependent on Russian gas; the country has been hardly hit by the economic crisis
HDI*: 0.710/1
HDI (World Rank): 69/169
Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.

Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From Ukraine, Dial 00
To Make a Call to Ukraine, Dial +380
Internet Suffix: .ua
Computers: 3.9 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 28.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 22.5 per 100 Inhabitants