Ukraine

Capital Kiev

Population 42,692,393

Area 603,700 km2

Key facts

Ukraine is a country located in Eastern Europe. There are 7 countries (Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia) that Ukraine shares its borders with. The official language of Ukraine is Ukrainian. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Ukrainian.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Ukraine was ranked 40th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Ukraine is Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH). The hryvnia (₴) is subdivided into 100 kopiyka.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 39.44 UAH and 1 USD is worth 36.74 UAH.

Ukrainian
Banknotes

₴1₴2₴5₴10₴20₴50₴100₴200₴500

Ukrainian
Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Ukraine is 95.2 Mbps and mobile is 21.47 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Ukraine has more ATMs than most other countries.93.74 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Ukraine, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Ukraine. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type F 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Ukraine will celebrate 11 national public holidays. The next one International Women’s Day will take place on March 8.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayНовий Рік
January 7, 2023 (Julian) ChristmasРіздво
March 8, 2023 International Women’s DayМіжнародний жіночий день
April 16, 2023Moving holiday Easter SundayВеликдень
May 1, 2023 International Workers’ DayДень праці
May 9, 2023 Victory day over Nazism in World War IIДень перемоги над нацизмом у Другій світовій війні
June 4, 2023Moving holiday PentecostТрійця
June 28, 2023 Constitution DayДень Конституції
August 24, 2023 Independence DayДень Незалежності
October 14, 2023 Defender of Ukraine DayДень захисника України
December 25, 2023 (Gregorian and Revised Julian) ChristmasРіздво

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Ukraine?

There are no Mariott hotels in Ukraine.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Ukraine.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Ukraine.

There are no Best Western hotels in Ukraine.

There are Radisson hotels in 3 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Ukraine.

What fast food chains are present in Ukraine?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Ukraine.

The KFC chain operates in Ukraine.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Ukraine.

The Subway chain does not operate in Ukraine.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Ukraine.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Ukraine.

Weather

What is the weather like in Kiev?

Today the sun in Kiev, rises at 6:48 AM and sets at 4:34 PM. The climate of Kiev may be categorized as a Humid continental (Dfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

WednesdayNov 2RainLow: 4.2°C (39.56°F)High: 11.9°C (53.42°F)
ThursdayNov 3Rain showersLow: 6.7°C (44.06°F)High: 10.4°C (50.72°F)
FridayNov 4RainLow: 5.6°C (42.08°F)High: 9.6°C (49.28°F)
SaturdayNov 5FogLow: 4.8°C (40.64°F)High: 10.2°C (50.36°F)
SundayNov 6OvercastLow: 3.3°C (37.94°F)High: 7.7°C (45.86°F)
MondayNov 7OvercastLow: 1.4°C (34.52°F)High: 7.9°C (46.22°F)

Weather data for Kiev (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Dnipro, Kharkiv, Kyiv.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 23 cities. Bolt is available in 37 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Ukraine.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.4, Ukraine is placed 51st out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Ukraine traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  275.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 10.20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 4: Do not travel. 

Emergency phones in Ukraine

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Illegal
Medical usage: Legal in certain circumstances

Import of alcohol beverages and tobacco products to the custom territory of Ukraine is prohibited to citizens who are under the age of 18.

Alcohol allowance

  • 5 liters of beer, 2 liters of wine, 1 liter of strong alcohol beverages (containing more than 22% of alcohol).

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco or these products in sets of a total weight not exceeding 250 grams.

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