Ukraine is the largest state in Europe Ukraine, the largest state situated entirely in Europe, appeared on the map of the world in 1991. It was quickly recognized by the international community. It has an area of 603,628 km2, making it the largest contiguous country on the European continent
“Carol of the Bells” is a Ukrainian folk song One of the most famous Christmas songs “Schedryk” (a folk song written by a Ukrainian composer, Mykola Leontovich) is known to the rest of the world as “Carol of the Bells” or “Ring Christmas Bells”.
Based on an old Ukrainian folk song, the original lyrics describe a swallow flying into a household to proclaim the plentiful year that the family will have. The song's title is derived from the Ukrainian word "shchedryi" which means "bountiful." The folk melody was sung in many Ukrainian villages.
The song has been used many times in the soundtracks for films and television.
Ukraine is geographic center of Europe The geographic center of Europe is on the territory of Ukraine not far from Rakhiv in Zakarpatia oblast.
As far back as 1887, experts of Austria Hungary had determined this point, stele and land-surveying sign marking it.
In Latin, the following words were engraves there: LÎÑUS ÐÅRÅNN²S. Dilicentissime cum l³bållà l³bràt³în³s guàå åst ³ï Àustr³à åt
Íungàr³à ñînfåñtà ñum månsurà gràdum mår³d³înàl³um åt ðàràllålîum³årum Åurîðåum. ÌD ÑÑÑ LÕÕÕV²², "that translated state such a thing: “Permanent, exact, and eternal place.
Very precisely, using special apparatus made in Austria and Hungary, with scale of meridians and parallels, set the Center of Europe. 1887.”
World's First Constitution In 1710, Ukrainian Hetman Pylyp Orlyk introduced “Pacts and Constitutions of Rights and Freedoms of the Zaporizhian Host”,
at that time a super-progressive document which meant to separate powers into three branches and regulate the rights and responsibilities of the government and citizens.
Some researchers believe that this document is one of the world’s first constitutions. For example, U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1787 and French and Polish in 1791.
One of the world’s most famous songs “Summertime” is inspired by an old Ukrainian lullaby George Gershwin wrote one of the world’s most famous songs, “Summertime”, after being inspired by an old Ukrainian lullaby
called "Oi Khodyt Son Kolo Vikon" (The Dream Passes by the Windows) performed by the Ukrainian National Chorus. And it's not surprise because parents of George Gershwin were from Odessa (Ukraine).
Lyrics "Oi Khodyt Son Kolo Vikon"
(The Dream Passes by the Windows)
The Dream passes by the window,
And Sleep by the fence.
The Dream asks Sleep:
"Where should we rest tonight?"
Where the house is warm,
Where the child is small,
There we will go,
And rock the child to sleep.
There we will sleep,
and will rock the child:
Sleep, sleep, my little falcon,
Sleep, sleep, my little dove.
The deepest metro station in the world (105 meters) Arsenalnaya Metro Station located in Kiev is the deepest in the world (105 meters). The station was built in 1960, very close to the House of Parliament.
According to some reports, the tunnels near Arsenalnaya house secret shelters built specially for the political elite.
Ukraine is one of the largest grain exporters in the world As of 2011 Ukraine was the worlds 3rd largest grain exporter
The third most visited McDonald’s in the world The third most visited McDonald’s in the world is located in Kiev, near the train station.
This restaurant has always been in the top five most crowded McDonald’s in the world.
Ukraine, on its own initiative, refused the third largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world Ukraine, on its own initiative, refused the third largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world.
At the moment of the declaration of independence, Ukraine had over a thousand nuclear warheads and the third largest nuclear potential after Russia and America.
The warheads and missiles were given to Russia, silos were destroyed. In response, Ukraine received the money for disarmament, plus security guarantees from the nuclear powers
77 percent of Ukrainians have never been abroad Some 77 percent of Ukrainians have never been abroad, while 36 percent of Ukrainians have never been outside their region, according to a Research & Branding Group survey
Wedding ring on the right hand Ukrainians wear their wedding ring on the ring finger of their right hand instead of their left hand
Ukraine has been in a demographic crisis since the 1980s Ukraine has been in a demographic crisis since the 1980s because of its high death rate and a low birth rate. The population is shrinking by over 150,000 a year
The world's famous song "O Sole Mio" was composed in Odessa (Ukraine) "O Sole Mio" is often referred to as a Neapolitan song. Neapolitan songs were songs written for an annual songwriting contest for the Festival of Piedigrotta,
which began in 1830, in Naples, Italy. "O Sole Mio" was composed by Eduardo Di Capua in Odessa (nowdays Ukraine) during April 1898.
Setting his music to the poem by Giovanni Capurro, Di Capua drew his inspiration while touring Crimea with his father
(a violinist street musician). Di Capua and Capurro sold the rights of the song to the Bideri publishing house for 25 lire.
The shortest main city street Khreshchatyk Street in Kiev is the shortest yet widest main city street in the world. Its length is 1.2 km
The first university in Eastern Europe (1576) The National University of Ostroh Academy is the successor of Ostroh Slavic, Greek and Latin Academy,
the first higher educational establishment of the Eastern Slavs. It was founded in 1576 by Prince Vasyl-Kostiantyn of Ostroh.
Ukraine is a 4th educated nation in the world Ukraine is a 4th educated nation in the world: 99.4% of Ukrainians aged 15 and over can read and write.
70% of adult Ukrainians have a secondary or higher education. Ukraine has about 150 colleges and universities, of which the most important are at Kiev, Lviv, and Kharkiv.
There are about 70,000 scholars in 80 research institutes. The current heavyweight boxing champions of the world, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine, have doctorate degrees.
The world’s heaviest aircraft The world’s heaviest aircraft is An-225 Mriya is created by the Kyiv-based Antonov design bureau.
The plane was designed to airlift space shuttles and rocket boosters, however is now carrying oversized payloads.
Ukraine was a motherland for Trypillian Civilization Ukraine was a motherland for one of the world's most ancient civilizations
Trypillian Civilization. Neolithic archaeological culture which existed between 5500 BC and 2750 BC on the territory of modern Ukraine