Ukraine is an Eastern European country located just north of the Black Sea. With a landmass of over 600,000 square kilometers, it is the largest country in Europe and has a population of almost 46 million.
The official language is Ukrainian, although Russian is widely spoken, especially in the eastern and southern regions.
Ukraine is a republic under a mixed semi-parliamentary semi-presidential system with separate legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
The dominant religion in Ukraine is Orthodox Christianity, with a small representation of followers of Eastern Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
The currency in Ukraine is the hryvnia, abbreviated грн and identified by the symbol ₴. The hryvniais subdivided into 100 kopiyok.
Ukraine: Common Etiquette
- It is common to be invited to your contact’s home. Bring a gift such as a bottle of wine or vodka (best quality), a box of fine chocolates or bouquets of fresh flowers
- If you give flowers as a gift there are things you need to know. Always give an uneven number of stems because even numbers of flowers are reserved for funerals and are bad luck
- Shake hands outside the doorway or inside the house. It is bad luck to shake over the threshold
- Take your shoes off before entering the house. Your host will probably provide slippers
- On public transportation it is expected that you will give up your seat for the elderly, disabled and mothers with children in tow
- When you take out snacks, gum or cigarettes, it is expected that you will offer some to everyone around you before you start eating,chewing or lighting up
- A rude gesture to avoid is putting your thumb between your index and third finger
- It is thought that if you whistle indoors you are shooing away money from the home