Ukraine, one of the biggest Europe's countries (total area
: 603,700 sq. m), is characterized by a fast growing economy, a stable currency, a promising market of 46.9 million people, and unique opportunities for business. The country is bounded on the north by Belarus (975 km), on the northeast by the Russian Federation (2,063 km), on the west by Poland (542 km) and Slovakia (98 km), and on the southwest by Hungary (135 km), Romania (608 km), and Moldova (1,194 km). Ukraine is divided into 24 regions
(oblasts) and an Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The country has an access to the Black Sea and the Azov Sea and two mountainsides: Carpathians in the West and the Crimean Mountains in the South.
Ukraine is located in the temperate climatic zone. The climate is mainly moderate-continental. The average temperatures are the following:
Winter: from -8° to +2°
Summer: from +17° to +25°
Kyiv - the Capital of Ukraine
Kyiv (spelt Kiev in Russian), the capital of Ukraine, is one of the oldest and most charming cities in Eastern Europe with the population of about 2.6 million. Founded more than 1,500 years ago in 482 AD, Kyiv stands paramount as the administrative, economic, research, cultural, and educational centre of the new independent state of Ukraine. The geographical location of Kyiv is advantageous for the development of foreign economic relations. Kyiv lies on a major intersection of major trunk highways of trans-European importance, connecting the city in all directions with most cities in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Kyiv is a great Eastern European cultural centre, boasting more than 2,000 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments. The city combines outstanding cathedrals, churches, and monasteries from the XI and subsequent centuries with new architecture from its independent era.