11 Unknown Facts About Ukraine You Need To Know!

Facts About Ukraine

Written by Kimberly Linhares

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August 10, 2022

UKRAINE FACTS

Ukraine is the biggest nation in Eastern Europe. It is well-known for its protracted hostilities with its enormous neighbour to the east, a catastrophic nuclear accident in Chornobyl and its long history as the centre of the first Eastern Slavic state. But in actuality, this nation conceals a lot more fascinating information that you most have never heard about before. As the second-largest nation in Europe, Ukraine has a variety of tourist attractions to offer, such as festivals honouring its vibrant culture and a lovely collection of historic buildings. Ukrainians are as diverse and some of the friendliest people in Europe. From the undulating countryside to the cobblestone alleyways of old city centres the country absolutely gorgeous. We have compiled some interesting facts about Ukraine that are most likely unknown to you.

Home To The Second-Deepest Subway Station In The World

Arsenalna, a metro stop in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, is the second-deepest station in the world with a depth of 105.5 metres. To give you an idea of how deep it is, consider that the Statue of Liberty could fit inside exactly with 12 metres to spare. People who live or work in this station must suffer two apparently never-ending escalators every day.

The World’s Longest Wind Instrument 

The world’s longest wind instrument is the Ukrainian trembita, this is one of the most unique facts about Ukraine. The Guinness Book of Records lists it. Trembita is a wooden trumpet that ranges in length from 2.5 to 8 metres and has a diameter of roughly 30 mm. In mountain villages, the trembita was used as a means of communication to notify events like the start and conclusion of the workday, childbirth, marriage, impending danger and more.

A Geographic Centre Of Europe

The geographic centre of Europe is located in the Zakarpattya region, close to Delovoye town. It is one of the five centres of the continent that are universally acknowledged, yet it is not the only one as how you calculate coordinates depends on your approach (the others are in Lithuania, Belarus, Slovakia, and Poland). 

High Record Number Of People At A Concert

Paul Rodgers, the lead singer of Queen, performed a charity concert there in 2008 that set a record for the group’s attendance in its history. Kharkiv Liberty Square is the largest square in Europe and more than 300,000 people reportedly assembled on the square.

Three Ukrainian Monasteries Have Lavra Status

These include the Holy Dormition Lavra in Pochaev, the Sviatogorsk Holy Dormition Lavra in Donetsk Oblast and the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv. The architectural ensemble of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is recognised by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site, and according to Orthodox Christians, it is the second-most significant place of religious worship after Jerusalem.

Inhabitation Dates Back To The Fifth Century BC

One of the popular Ukraine history facts is about its inhabitants. The Tripolitan culture’s artefacts indicate that people lived in the present-day Ukraine region as early as the fifth century before Christ. The Crimea and the Black Sea coast were populated by Greek and Gothic tribes, the Scythian kingdom once existed, and the Slavs are thought to have originated in the centre and north-west. The history of Kyiv Rus was recorded here in the ninth century, and in the thirteenth century, the Tatars and the Golden Horde came to control the region.

Third-Most Beautiful Language In The World

One of the most interesting facts about Ukraine is the country’s language. Ukrainian was ranked as the second most melodious language in 1934, only behind Italian. And was also ranked as the third most beautiful language in the same year, behind only French and Persian.

More Than 50 References In The Guinness Book Of World Records

Numerous sporting accomplishments, including the “Mriya,” the heaviest airliner ever built, and exceptional records are there. For instance, Anatoly Boyko from Volodymyr-Volynskyi, known as the “Ukrainian Faberge,” is one of the most recent Ukrainian record-breakers. He uses tiny hole patterns to transform ordinary bird eggs into works of art. The artist poked 52,700 holes in a goose egg and 33,300 holes in a hen egg in April 2021, respectively, to set two world records.

Opening Of The First University In Eastern Europe

The Ostrog Academy is the oldest scientific and educational institution in Ukraine and the first higher education institution in Eastern Europe. Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy was founded in Ostrog in 1576 by Prince Konstantin-Vasily of Ostrog. 

Wedding Bands On Their Right Hand Rather Than Their Left

This is one of the most interesting facts about Ukraine. Ukrainians deemed that it was “unclean” to use the left hand, hence it wasn’t appropriate to wear a representation of unending love. The right hand, on the other hand, was revered by the ancestors as a sign of strength, wisdom and good change. During the wedding ceremony, the wedding band was placed on it. In Ukraine, the wedding band on the left hand frequently deceives people. If one of the spouses has passed away, it is typically placed here on the other hand.

The Second-Most Frequented Mcdonald’s In The World

In terms of visitors, McDonald’s, a fast-food restaurant with a location on Vokzalna Square in Kyiv, came in the second position out of 33 000 chain restaurants worldwide at the end of 2011. In that year, they received 2.455 million orders, which is 7.5% or 171,881 more than they did in 2010. The restaurant has been among the top five most visited establishments on the network worldwide for the sixth consecutive year.

FAQs

What is Ukraine known for?

Ukraine is well known for a number of things, including its architecture. The golden domes that make-up Kyiv’s skyline is a representation of Ukrainian architecture. From the Kyivan Rus era till the present, more than 900 churches and cathedrals have been constructed.

What is something special about Ukraine?

One of the most famous facts about Ukraine is its nickname! The country has excellent growing conditions for wheat and significant production of grain, hence it is frequently referred to as the “Breadbasket of Europe.”

Is Ukraine in NATO?

Yes, when Ukraine rejoined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council in 1992 after regaining its independence (later renamed the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council), relations between Ukraine and NATO were formally formed.

What flag is half blue half yellow?

The flag of Ukraine is half blue and half yellow. Revolutionaries who intended to liberate Ukraine’s western regions from Austro-Hungarian authority developed the first national flag for the country in 1848. Their flag, which featured equal horizontal bands of yellow over blue, was based on the hues of the coat of arms by the city of Lviv.

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