Resting on the northern coast of the Black Sea and surrounded by Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova is the beautiful country of Ukraine.

Ukraine is comprised of 24 oblasts and occupies 603,628 square kilometers of Eastern Europe. Kiev is the capital and the largest city in the country.

The country’s population of approximately 46 million people is predominated by ethnic Ukrainians, who make up almost 78 percent of the population, while the rest of the populace is comprised of Russian, Belarusian, and Romanian minorities.

Eastern Orthodox Christianity is the dominant religion in Ukraine. This religious system greatly shapes the Ukrainian culture, including the national concepts of art, music, literature, and architecture.

The Ukrainian language is the official language, being the most widely spoken tongue especially in western Ukrainian cities as well as in central, eastern, and southern rural communities.

The Russian language, which is a major medium in cities in the eastern, southern, and central regions of Ukraine, is the second most widely spoken language.

Ukraine’s electricity is supplied at the standard 220 volts. Wall sockets and plug types follow the two-pin style common in European countries.

European outlets accommodate pins thicker than the old Soviet pins, which are also found in Ukraine. For your convenience, it is best to have an international adaptor and a power converter.