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Ukraine



Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland and Russia

Area: 603,700 sq km

Climate: temperate continental; Mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast; precipitation disproportionately distributed, highest in west and north, lesser in east and southeast; winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland; summers are warm across the greater part of the country, hot in the south

Terrain: most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, mountains being found only in the west (the Carpathians), and in the Crimean Peninsula in the extreme south

Population: 49,811,174 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Ukrainian Orthodox¡ªMoscow Patriarchate, Ukrainian Orthodox¡ªKiev Patriarchate, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic (Uniate), Protestant, Jewish

Languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian

Capital: Kiev (Kyyiv)



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