Welcome to Ukraine! Nestled in Eastern Europe, this land of rolling hills, ancient castles, and vibrant cities is a treasure trove of history, culture, and tradition. From its rich Slavic heritage to its modern-day innovations, Ukraine has a fascinating story that has shaped its people and its identity. Whether you’re interested in exploring its charming countryside, indulging in its mouth-watering cuisine, or learning about its fascinating folklore, there’s something for everyone in Ukraine. So, join us as we uncover fascinating Ukraine facts that will leave you amazed and eager to explore this country.
1-5 Fun Facts about Ukraine
1. Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe! That’s right, with a total area of 603.55 square km, Ukraine takes the crown. Sorry, Russia, you might be bigger overall, but Ukraine has got you beat in Europe.
2. Speaking of big, Ukraine has the deepest metro station in the world. It’s so deep that you could fit the whole Statue of Liberty in it! That’s one impressive hole in the ground.
3. Ukraine is the world’s largest producer of sunflower seeds, and across every part of Ukraine, you’ll see stunning fields of these yellow blooms
4. Nearly 100% of Ukraine’s adult population is literate. Only North Korea has such high literacy rates as Ukraine.
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5. If you’re into airplanes, you’ll be interested to know that Ukraine has the world’s heaviest aircraft, Antonov 225. Sadly, It was destroyed by Russia on about Feb 27, 2022.
6-10 Interesting Facts about Ukraine
6. Ukraine is home to seven World Heritage Sites. From ancient cities to stunning cathedrals, Ukraine has got it all.
7. Ukraine is known as the “Breadbasket of Europe.”
8. After gaining independence from the USSR, Ukraine had the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world. However, Due to Chornobyl, Ukraine willingly handed over those warheads to Russia.
9. In Ukraine, if a marriage proposal isn’t accepted, the groom gets a pumpkin in return. Yes, a pumpkin! So that he doesn’t leave empty-handed. I guess it’s better than nothing.
10. It is insulting to refer to Ukraine as “The” Ukraine. So, next time you refer to this country, say Ukraine, okay? They’ll appreciate it!
11-15 Surprising Facts about Ukraine
11. According to the Traveller’s Digest, Ukrainian women are the third-most beautiful women in the world. So, if you visit Ukraine, you’ll know why that’s true. Keep your eyes peeled, fellas (and ladies too)!
12. Beekeeping is a thriving economic activity in Ukraine. Around 1.5% of the Ukrainians are busy as bees producing honey.
13. In 2018, Ukraine spent a whopping 5-7% of its annual government budget on recovery and cleanup efforts related to the Chornobyl disaster.
14. Despite the Chornobyl disaster in 1986, Ukraine still gets 47% of its electricity from nuclear energy, while the United States only gets 19%.
15. The Holodomor was a famine in the 1930s. It killed up to 12 million ethnic Ukrainians. Some scholars believe that the famine was planned by Joseph Stalin to eliminate a Ukrainian independence movement. During the Holodomor Famine in Ukraine in the 1930s, around 2,500 people were arrested for cannibalism.
16-20 Shocking Facts about Ukraine
16. Ukraine lost 20% of its population in WWII.
17. According to the most recent public opinion poll by Deutsche Welle, 73% of Ukrainians want to join the European Union.
18. The Famous “Tunnel Of Love” Is Located Here
19. Forget about wearing your wedding ring on your left hand. In Ukraine, they wear it on your right hand.
20. And last but not least, a Lenin statue in Ukraine was transformed into Darth Vader because of decommunization laws. Yes, you heard that right! The Force was definitely with them when they made that decision.
That’s it for this post guys, I hope you had fun while reading 20 Interesting Ukraine Facts For Kids.
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