General travel information for Ukraine
Geographical Location: Eastern Europe, located between the Black Sea and Russia
Highest point: Hoverla (2061 m above sea level)
Longest river: Danube (2850 km)
of state: parliamentary-presidential republic
system of government: Presidential-parliamentary system of government
Languages: Official language Ukrainian, lingua franca also Russian, in the south and east predominantly Russian. Other languages such as Hungarian or Romanian are spoken regionally.
Neighboring countries: Poland, Belarus (Belarus), Russia, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia
Area: 603,700 km²
Population: 42,850,000 people (2015)
Population density: 78 people per km²
Religions: Approximately 75% Orthodox churches, 4% Muslims, 3.6% Christians
Currency: Hryvnia (UAH); one euro is about 29 (UAH).
Travel Climate: Moderate continental, subtropical in the southern part of the Crimean Peninsula
Time zone: UTC +2
Area code: +380
Country code: UA, UKR, 804
Current: In Ukraine, sockets of type C and F are used. The mains voltage is 230V with a 50Hz change interval. House connections are usually only single-phase, the electrical installations usually do not have a protective conductor. In older installations in particular, sockets for plugs with a smaller pin diameter (Gost 7396 system) than for the type C contour plug are used. In some places 110 V sockets can still be found. A travel plug adapter can be beneficial locally.
Culture and sights in Ukraine
The origin of the Ukrainian culture and language is probably in the Dnepr region southeast of Kiev, where the Cossack state existed for a short time in the 17th century.
Today the sector of non-state sponsored culture (private theater, dance and music festivals, cinema and much more) is very active in Ukraine. Especially since the upheaval in Ukraine, non-governmental organizations have become important actors with great scope for action.
Ukraine now has two major international film festivals: the traditional “Molodist” film festival in Kiev, which takes place every year in October, and the Odessa film festival in July. Numerous smaller festivals on special topics have also established themselves, for example the “DocuDays” with a focus on human rights.
Ukrainian and Ukrainian-language literature is developing rapidly, which is also reflected in numerous German translations. In recent years authors like Andrej Kurkow, Juri Andruchowitsch, but also writers of the younger generation like Serhij Zhadan, Taras Prochasko, Oxana Sabushko and Tanja Maljartschuk have become increasingly popular. From 2012 to 2014, Ukraine, along with Poland and Belarus, was the focus of the Leipzig Book Fair. The country’s important book fairs in Lviv and Kiev are attracting increasing attention every year; there are also numerous literature and poetry festivals.
Ukraine has a diverse music scene that is attracting attention, especially in the field of contemporary music, through international festivals (especially in Odessa, Lviv and Kiev).
Civil society relations below the state level are an important element in the cultural connections. Numerous active city partnerships promote exchange with a wide range of offers. The most traditional cooperation, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, exists between Kiev and Leipzig.
The 10 sights you should see: health resorts in the Crimea, Carpathian Mountains, Kiev, Lviv “the little Paris of the East” (cultural center of the country), the port city of Odessa, Yalta peninsula, the historical city of Kamianets-Podilskyj, one of the oldest cities Chernihiv, the 1.79 km² landscape garden Sofijiwka in the north of Uman and the historically relevant city of Poltava. A war between Russia and Ukraine took place nearby in 1709.
Holidays in Ukraine
|New Year||Jan. 1|
|Russian Orthodox Christmas||Jan. 7|
|International Women’s Day||8th of March|
|Orthodox Easter||March April|
|Labor Day||1st of May|
|day of the victory||May 9|
|Orthodox Pentecost||May June|
|Constitution Day||June 28|
|Independence Day (national holiday)||August 24|
|Defenders Day of Ukraine||October 14|
If a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is free.
The main holiday months are July and August.
Medical information for Ukraine
For legal reasons, we as a tour operator are not allowed to communicate any binding medical information for the Ukraine and therefore refer to the information provided by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Robert Koch Institute and the German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health.
Travel advice for Ukraine
You can obtain current travel and safety information, information on entering and leaving the country, as well as special criminal information and recommendations for your stay in Ukraine from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Foreign mission in Ukraine
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kiev
Wul. Bohdana Chmelnyzkoho 25, UA 01901 Kiev, Ukraine
Phone: +380 44 281 11 00
Fax: +380 44 281 13 81
Contact the Embassy
Embassy of Ukraine in Berlin
Albrechtstrasse 26, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 288 871 28
Fax: +49 30 288 871 63
E-Mail: [email protected]