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Ukraine 2012


Kosmach village, Kosivsky Rayon

The people of the Ukraine are proud of their culture and show off their traditions at village and city festivals which celebrate customs, national heroes and political or cultural events. Women still make the traditional clothing by hand. The rich embroidery they sew shows the ethnic diversity of the region and has long been a part of the Ukrainian folk dress seen at traditional weddings and other celebrations.
– Yuriy Chernevyy ©2009

In Eastern Europe, fertile plains flow to Black Sea and Sea of Azov, mountains in the west and south, high_land regions to west and east; 603,550 km2 (slightly < TX), 54% arable.

Capital Kyiv (Kiev) (pop est. 2.6M)

Population 45.1M (161.3/km2)

Life expectancy 69 years


Literacy 99%

Languages Ukrainian (official) 67%; Russian 24%; Romanian, Polish, Hungarian 9%

Religions Orthodox (Kyiv Patriarchate) 50%, Ukrainian Orthodox (Moscow Patriarchate) 26%, Ukrainian Greek Catholic 8%, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 7%, Roman Catholic 2%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, other 3%

Ethnic Groups Ukrainian 78%, Russian 17%, Belarussian 1%, other 5%

Gov’t Republic

GDP/cap $6,700

PCVs 1992 - present, community development, English language, youth development (Volunteers in country: 466; total to date: 2,297)

Nat’l holiday Independence Day 24 August (1991)

Adult Books

The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation
by Dr. Andrew Wilson

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press; 4 edition (November 24, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0300217254

Book Description
A sweeping introductory examination of Ukrainian identity and history. . . . An exceptional history, the kind that supplies not pat answers but food for thought within a lush context of documented and mythological past. It is fascinating reading.

Kids' Books

The mitten: a Ukrainian folktale
adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett

Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-399-25296-9
Interest Level: K-3
Age Range: 6–9 years
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, p2009, c1989


Film: Orange Winter
Director: Andrei Zagdansky (2007)


Mariana Sadovska: Music from Ukraine

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2012 - "Freedom"

Ukrainian - svoboda (svo-bo-da)
Russian - svaboda (sva-bo-da)

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