Nowhere else in the world: unique facts about Ukraine

26 May 2023

Ukraine is the largest European country with a rich and captivating history. It is home to a diverse and vibrant population with unique traditions and customs. Within Ukraine, there are numerous extraordinary places that are worth visiting, and its people are known for their bravery and abundant talents. We have compiled a collection of incredible facts about this extraordinary country for you.

1. In Ukraine, 80% of the population holds a higher education degree

Ukrainians have secured an impressive fourth place globally when it comes to higher education attainment. This achievement speaks volumes about the country's commitment to knowledge, intellectual growth, and academic excellence. The most popular professions pursued by Ukrainians are lawyers, economists, programmers, and medical professionals. These fields attract a significant number of young people as they offer promising career prospects and opportunities for professional growth. In addition, Ukraine boasts the highest number of IT specialists in Europe. The country has become a hub for the IT industry, with a thriving tech ecosystem and a vast pool of skilled professionals. Currently, there are 100,000 Ukrainian IT workers earning their livelihood through programming and software development.

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2. Unique digital application

Diya is a unique digital application created by Ukrainian IT specialists. It offers citizens a wide range of functions and services, simplifying access to government services and information. In particular, it stores documents, from passports to driver's licenses, which are considered equivalent to physical documents. This application also allows for the convenient and efficient execution of various administrative procedures, seeking assistance, and resolving health, education, social protection issues, and many other areas of life. It is planned that similar applications will be developed and launched in other countries, ensuring convenience and accessibility of administrative services for citizens.

Unique digital application.jpg?format=webp@How to Complete LMS on DIYA App | Lesson completion on Learning Management System/Tech Talk/

3. Incredible flowered houses 

In Ukraine, it is common to encounter remarkable houses adorned with vibrant flower paintings. This vibrant Ukrainian-style peasant hut boasts a rich history of over a century. These huts were often built with clay, a material that provides them with coolness in the summer and retains warmth in the winter. The combination of these traditional architectural styles and floral decorations creates a truly remarkable sight. It is increasingly believed that these colorfully painted huts have started to disappear, and now they can be rarely found, mostly in the forest-steppe or steppe regions of Ukraine. However, modern people are showing more and more interest in this style and often choose to modernize their homes by incorporating elements of traditional painted huts. The main advantage of these houses is their ecological nature and uniqueness.

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4. Ukrainians wear the ring on the right hand

In Ukraine, there is a longstanding tradition for married couples to wear their wedding rings on the right hand, specifically on the ring finger. This cultural practice sets Ukraine apart from many other countries where the wedding ring is traditionally worn on the left hand. The significance of wearing the ring on the right hand in Ukraine is deeply rooted in local customs and beliefs. The ring finger on the right hand is considered symbolic of love, commitment, and marital union. By placing the wedding ring on this finger, Ukrainian couples express their devotion and lifelong commitment to each other. It is believed that wearing the ring on the right hand symbolizes the unity and strength of the marital bond.

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5. Gastronomic Wonder: Holodets

Meat and jelly might seem like incompatible ingredients to serve together, but not for Ukrainians. For them, holodets is a delicious and popular dish that may appear strange to foreigners at first glance. However, as soon as they try it, they immediately understand why holodets is so beloved in Ukraine. Another well-known dish that Ukrainians adore is sauerkraut. Foreigners often wonder what to eat it with or what side dish to serve it with. Nevertheless, this dish is nutritious and incredibly tasty.

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6. The most beautiful women

Ukrainian women have long established themselves as some of the most beautiful women in the world. It is notable that some Ukrainian girls officially confirm this status by participating in international beauty pageants. Ukrainian women consistently rank among the most attractive and beautiful people on the planet, as evidenced by numerous surveys and polls conducted by renowned agencies and companies. It comes as no surprise that they regularly make it into the top rankings. For instance, in 2018, a survey conducted by Big 7 Travels once again placed Ukrainian women in the spotlight, surpassing the likes of French and Italian women, who are also considered some of the most beautiful in the world.

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7. Vyshyvanka is a symbol of national identity

Ukrainian embroidery costumes, also known as vyshyvanka, are a treasured part of Ukraine's cultural heritage. These traditional garments feature intricate and colorful embroidery, which holds deep symbolic meaning and reflects the country's rich history and traditions. The vyshyvanka is not merely a piece of clothing; it is a symbol of national identity, pride, and heritage. Ukrainians wear it on special occasions, festivals, and cultural events to showcase their connection to their roots and celebrate their cultural diversity. The embroidered costumes are often passed down through generations as cherished heirlooms, preserving the craftsmanship and traditions of Ukrainian needlework.

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8. Luxurious cars on the roads

In Ukraine, it is common to come across luxurious cars on the roads, including some very rare and vintage models. This indicates a significant interest among Ukrainians in car manufacturing and collecting rare automobiles. In Ukrainian cities, one can see exotic models such as classic cars like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Rolls-Royce, as well as rare sports cars that ignite the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. These cars create an elegant atmosphere and attract the attention of passersby.

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9. Ukraine is a country that prioritizes animal welfare

Ukrainians have a deep love for dogs and cats. Their pets are treated like family members, and they go above and beyond to care for them. They not only provide them with nutritious food but also dress them in special costumes and dresses for park walks. Ukraine is a country that prioritizes animal welfare, and Ukrainians have a deep love for dogs and cats. Their pets are treated like family members, and they go above and beyond to care for them. They not only provide them with nutritious food but also dress them in special costumes and dresses for park walks.

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10. Ukrainian women prefer heels 

Women in Ukraine always take care of their appearance. Their beauty and grooming hold significant importance in their lives. It is rare to see Ukrainian women without makeup or dressed casually. Even when they opt for casual attire, it will be stylish and sophisticated. What's most interesting is that Ukrainian women strive to look elegant not only on the streets, in restaurants, or at work but even at the beach, where they often wear heels and dresses just to bask in the sun. Perhaps their main motto is to always maintain a high level of elegance in any situation.

Ukrainian women prefer heels .jpg?format=webp@Pick up Ukrainian girls on the beach/Chinese driver/

11. Welcome to Odesa!

Odesa is a city known for its legends and jokes. It is rightfully called the homeland of humor and a pearl by the sea. Prior to the war with Russia, the city used to host numerous humor festivals, as Odesa humor is renowned for its distinctiveness and colorfulness. Even at the marketplaces, jokes can be heard. Speaking of which, one of the most famous markets in the world is the Privoz Market, located in Odesa. This name can often be found in books "about Odesa" and heard in the lyrics of many Odesa songs. Despite its unique characteristics, Odesites have a great affection for this place and make an effort to engage in the lively market atmosphere. In fact, every Odesite has its own vendor whom they visit for their purchases.

Welcome to Odesa.jpg?format=webp@4k - Privoz Market in Odessa, Ukraine 🇺🇦/GeezerAbroad/ 

12. Ukraine and UNESCO

Ukraine is home to an impressive collection of cultural and natural landmarks, proudly hosting up to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. These sites bear significant historical, architectural, and natural value, attracting visitors from all around the world. Let's explore some of these remarkable places. The capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv, boasts a UNESCO-listed Historic Center and Saint Sophia Cathedral. The Ensemble of the Historic Centre - Lviv, located in western Ukraine, is renowned for its beautifully preserved medieval architecture. A section of the Struve Geodetic Arc can be found in the Lviv region. Another UNESCO World Heritage site in Kyiv is the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Monastery of the Caves. The city of Kamyanets-Podilskyi is famous for its stunning medieval fortress perched on a rocky island surrounded by a picturesque canyon. Chernihiv, located in northern Ukraine, is home to a collection of ancient architectural treasures. And sure, situated in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains, the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve is also a protected area recognized by UNESCO.

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13. Country of inventors

Ukraine is known for its talented inventors and capacity for scientific research. The country has a rich heritage of inventions that have made a significant contribution to various fields of science, technology, and industry. Here are just a few examples of notable inventions originating from Ukraine: the gas lamp was invented in Lviv, the brothers Cyril and Methodius are rightfully considered the creators of the Cyrillic alphabet, which is used for writing many Slavic languages, Igor Sikorsky, a Ukrainian-American engineer, is renowned for his contribution to the development of the helicopter. In addition, notable Ukrainians have developed a system of electrocardiography and holographic microscopy. And this is just a small percentage of the inventions that Ukrainians have made.

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14. Homeland of Hollywood stars

Many celebrities have Ukrainian roots or have family or parents from Ukraine. For instance, Leonardo DiCaprio's grandmother came from Odessa. Similarly, the grandparents of Sylvester Stallone, Liev Schreiber and Steven Spielberg also hail from Ukraine. And both Mila Kunis, Vera Farmiga, and Milla Jovovich were actually born in Ukraine before immigrating to the United States with their parents. These Hollywood celebrities, among many others, serve as shining examples of the rich cultural diversity and talent that Ukraine has contributed to the global entertainment industry. Their success stories not only inspire Ukrainians worldwide but also foster a sense of pride and recognition for the country's cultural heritage.

Homeland of Hollywood stars.jpg?format=webp@Mila Kunis On Supporting Ukraine | Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend/Team Coco/

15. Large bazaars

In Ukraine, large bazaars still enjoy popularity, where everything from kitchenware to clothing and various accessories is sold. The biggest bazaars are in Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi, and Odesa, occupying an impressive amount of space, almost equivalent to half the city. Their vast areas are truly impressive and can easily get someone lost. However, there is a police presence to assist those who need help finding their way. One notable characteristic, besides their size, is the affordable prices. People can buy necessary items for a small amount of money.

Large bazaars.jpg?format=webp@Khmelnytskyi video Europe Prize 2021/Khmelnytskyiregion/

16. Various designs of balconies

Ukrainians are known for creating various designs for their balconies, and they often opt for glass enclosures. In cities, you can encounter a diverse range of balcony designs, with each one being unique. However, regulations regarding balcony aesthetics are stricter abroad. In most countries, there are laws that restrict such experimentation, and there are clear boundaries and rules on how balconies should look. Foreigners are impressed by the design and architectural solutions related to balconies in Ukraine. As a result, they often visit specifically to admire not only the museums and city architecture but also request to be taken to see the glass-enclosed balconies of Ukrainians.

Various designs of balconies.jpg?format=webp@Ukraine's bizarre balconies explained/KyivPost/

17. Petrykivka painting

Petrykivka painting is a traditional Ukrainian folk art form that originated in the village of Petrykivka, located in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine. It is characterized by its vibrant colors, floral motifs, and decorative patterns. Petrykivka painting is renowned for its distinctive style and has gained international recognition as an important part of Ukraine's cultural heritage. The history of Petrykivka painting dates back to the early 18th century when it was primarily used to adorn the interior and exterior walls of houses. Over time, it evolved into a distinct art form, with skilled artisans passing down their techniques and knowledge from generation to generation.

Petrykivka painting.jpg?format=webp@A Look Into Ukraine's World Famous Petrykivka Paintings/UATV English/

18. The longest trolleybus route from Simferopol to Yalta

One of the most remarkable transportation routes in Crimea is the trolleybus route from Simferopol to Yalta, known for its considerable length. This route, traversing panoramic landscapes and picturesque mountain roads, is recognized as the longest trolleybus route in the world, running along the coast of the Black Sea. The journey begins in Simferopol, the administrative center of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Passengers embark on an exciting trip that covers approximately 86 kilometers. They travel through villages, scenic mountain passes, and numerous other tourist attractions.

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19. The wise decision of the Kyiv prince that united Kyivan Rus with Europe

Yaroslav the Wise, also known as Yaroslav I, was an outstanding prince of Kyivan Rus in the 11th century. He not only had a significant influence on the political, cultural, and religious history of Ukraine but also held great importance on the international stage. One of Yaroslav the Wise's most notable actions was the marriage of his daughters to European kings and princes. He selected seven of his daughters and arranged advantageous political marriages for them. This was an extraordinary strategy that ensured long-term alliances and contributed to the expansion of Kyivan Rus's influence in the international arena. These marriages not only created genealogical ties that connected Yaroslav the Wise's family with European dynasties but also brought political and cultural advantages.

The wise decision of the Kyiv prince that united Kyivan Rus with Europe.jpg?format=webp@Golden Age of the Rus: Christian Empire in the East DOCUMENTARY/Kings and Generals/

20. Hutsulschyna is a colorful land 

Hutsulschyna is a unique land with a rich abundance of traditions and customs. Their houses are often made of wood, their costumes adorned with embroidery, and their souls filled with song. Singing and dancing are beloved by the Hutsuls, and they even have their own songs called "spivanky," which you won't hear anywhere else. Among them, the Hutsul song, known as "spivanka," takes various forms such as carols, wedding songs, ritual songs, and kolomyikas. Many Hutsul songs are played on the flute and the harp, and they don't need any other instruments to create melodies. However, the Hutsuls also have a remarkable instrument that is recognized as the longest wooden instrument in the world – the trembita. It is worth hearing at least once in your life because once you do, you will understand how the soul can sing.

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21. Unusual Products

Ukrainian cuisine is incredibly diverse and delicious. However, there are certain products that may seem unusual to foreigners but are everyday staples for Ukrainians. In fact, they can't imagine their diet without these products. For example, buckwheat is a common grain that is widely consumed and highly popular. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and easy to prepare. Surprisingly, in America, this grain is not commonly eaten and can only be found in pet stores, as it is often used as animal food. Among such unusual products in Ukraine, there are also lard, kvass, white cabbage, and compote.

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22. Arsenalna - the deepest subway station in the world

The subway station "Arsenalna" is located in the center of Kyiv. It is not just one of the stations in the city, but also the deepest station in the world in terms of depth. "Arsenalna" is located at a depth of 105.5 meters underground, making it a unique and impressive engineering structure. The construction of the "Arsenalna" station began in 1968 and lasted for over 10 years. The depth of the station was determined by the need to pass under the Dnipro River and the city's utilities. This required significant efforts and engineering solutions to ensure the safety and stability of the station. The architectural design is a highlight of "Arsenalna". The station is adorned with mosaics, statues, and artistic compositions that reflect the history of Ukraine.

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23. Borscht is an intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO

The most unusual and iconic dish of Ukrainians is borscht. Recently, it has become an intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. Yevhen Klopotenkoa, the Ukrainian chef and restaurateur, played a significant role in promoting borscht and raising its recognition on the international stage. He dedicated himself to researching and preserving traditional Ukrainian recipes, including borscht, and promoting the culinary heritage of Ukraine. His efforts, along with the support of the Ukrainian government and culinary community, led to borscht being recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in 2019. Borscht is a familiar dish and the national pride of Ukraine. Every family has its own favorite recipe for borscht. 

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24. The famous President 

President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, is a former showman who, shortly before his political career, had the opportunity to portray a President in a movie. Currently, he is one of the most popular leaders in the country, and his face regularly appears on the covers of well-known international publications. People from different countries have repeatedly confessed that they would like to have Zelensky as their President. Volodymyr Zelensky also received the Winston Churchill Leadership Award from the international community in 2022. Additionally, Volodymyr Zelensky and the people of Ukraine have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their courage in preserving democracy and self-governance.

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25. The largest aircraft “Mriya”

The largest and most powerful aircraft in the world was built in Ukraine. The giant Antonov An-225, also known as "Mriya" (Dream), was constructed in 1988 at the Antonov Design Bureau. The aircraft has been included in the Guinness World Records for its 240 records! Previously, the An-225 was leased by many countries worldwide for cargo transportation that was beyond the capabilities of any existing airliners, as "Mriya" could carry not only cargo but also passenger planes! However, unfortunately, during the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the "Mriya" aircraft was destroyed. Currently, work is underway to restore it.

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26. The shortest main street

Khreshchatyk, located in the heart of Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, holds the distinction of being recognized by The Telegraph as the shortest main street among the capital cities worldwide. Spanning a mere 1.2 kilometers in length, Khreshchatyk is a vibrant and bustling thoroughfare that showcases the essence and energy of the city. Lined with magnificent architectural landmarks, modern shopping centers, bustling cafes, and cultural institutions, Khreshchatyk is a hub of activity and a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The street serves as a prominent symbol of Kyiv's rich history, resilience, and its status as a dynamic European capital.

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27. The glorious city of Lviv

Lviv, with its unique charm, is renowned for its captivating architecture that seamlessly blends the old with the new. The city's historic buildings, cobblestone streets, and ornate facades create a picturesque atmosphere that transports visitors to a bygone era. One of Lviv's notable features is its vibrant café culture. With around 1500 cafes scattered throughout the city, it boasts the highest concentration of cafes per capita in the world. These cozy establishments, often adorned with stylish interiors and outdoor seating, offer a haven for locals and tourists alike to relax, socialize, and indulge in Lviv's rich coffee and pastry traditions. In addition to its architectural and culinary delights, Lviv is a city of religious diversity. It proudly represents various Christian denominations, reflecting the historical and cultural heritage of the region. The city's churches, cathedrals, and chapels showcase the intricacies of different architectural styles and serve as significant religious and cultural landmarks.

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28. Mystic holiday Ivana Kupala 

Ivana Kupala is deeply rooted in Ukrainian folklore and is associated with the summer solstice, fertility, and the power of nature. One of the central rituals of Ivana Kupala is the lighting of bonfires. People gather in parks, fields, or near bodies of water, and large bonfires are set ablaze. Participants, often dressed in traditional Ukrainian attire, sing and dance around the fires, symbolizing purification and the warding off of evil spirits. Another important aspect of the celebration is the practice of wreath weaving and floating. Young women create wreaths from flowers and herbs, adorning them with ribbons. At dusk, they gather near rivers or lakes, light candles on their wreaths, and release them onto the water. It is believed that the fate of the young women's love life can be revealed by the behavior of their wreaths in the water—whether they float gracefully or get tangled and sink.

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29. Sweet traditions of the Crimean Tatar 

The Crimean Tatar people have a rich culinary tradition, including national sweets that play a special role in their culture. In their cuisine, there are sweets that can be enjoyed every day, such as dried fruits (k'urular) and hard sugar cubes (k'atti sheker), but there are also those that are consumed only during festivities, namely kurabie, sheker k'yik, and pahlava. This holds great significance for the Crimean Tatars. One of the most popular desserts is "chak-chak," which is crispy dough coated with honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds or sugar. It is usually served on festive occasions or joyous events such as weddings or births. Another traditional sweet is "kunje," made from fluffy dough baked with sugar and syrup. It has a delicate texture and unforgettable aroma. Kunje is often served to guests during important gatherings, symbolizing hospitality and generosity. For the Crimean Tatars, national sweets are not just food; they are symbols of tradition, family ties, and customs. They carry a deeper cultural significance beyond taste, representing the shared heritage and cherished values of the community.

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30. Ukrainian pysanky as a kind of art

Ukrainian pysanky, also known as Ukrainian Easter eggs, are a cherished and ancient tradition in Ukrainian culture. Pysanky are exquisitely decorated eggs created using a wax-resist method, resulting in intricate and colorful designs. The art of pysanky has been passed down through generations, and it holds deep cultural and symbolic significance. The process of creating pysanky involves carefully applying melted beeswax to the eggshell using a tool called a kistka. The wax is applied in layers, with each layer covering areas that should remain the color of the eggshell. The egg is then dipped into a series of dyes, starting with the lightest color and progressing to the darkest. After each dip, more wax is applied to protect the desired colors. The final step involves removing the wax to reveal the vibrant and elaborate patterns underneath. The designs found on Pysanky vary greatly, with each region and artist having their own distinct style.

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31. Romantic place on the Ukrainian map 

The Tunnel of Love, located in the Rivne region of Ukraine, is a magical and enchanting place that has captured the imagination of visitors from around the world. This natural phenomenon is a unique tunnel formed by lush greenery and arching trees, creating a dreamlike pathway. The tunnel stretches along a section of an operational railway track, surrounded by dense forest near the village of Klevan. It is believed that the tunnel was formed over many years as the trees and shrubs grew and intertwined, creating a mesmerizing canopy overhead. The result is a picturesque pathway that is both romantic and awe-inspiring. The Tunnel of Love has become a popular destination for couples, nature enthusiasts, and photographers seeking to capture its ethereal beauty.

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32. Ukrainians sing in the bomb shelters 

Ukraine is currently going through challenging times, but Ukrainians have long proven themselves to be a brave and big-hearted nation. Even in bomb shelters, they do not lose hope and continue living their lives. In particular, children continue their education, engage in drawing, and sing songs. Among their favorites are the Ukrainian national anthem and "Chervona Kalyna," which has become a well-known hit and a symbol of Ukraine. Adults also join in the singing, and sometimes even play musical instruments. All of this gives them strength in the fight against the enemy and the determination to move forward. Despite the difficulties they face, Ukrainians demonstrate resilience and a strong spirit. They find solace and inspiration in their cultural heritage and unity.

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33. Ukrainian hospitality

Ukrainians are known for their warm hospitality. They have a genuine love for guests and always welcome them with open arms. The tradition of greeting guests with bread and salt has been preserved over time. This tradition is often observed during weddings and formal receptions when honorable guests are welcomed. Ukrainian hospitality is also demonstrated through the abundance of food prepared for guests. They invite guests to lavishly set tables and do not allow them to leave until they have honored the hosts by tasting their dishes. To be honest, it is worth joining in because Ukrainians are excellent cooks and extremely generous people.

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34. Unusual wedding traditions 

Ukrainian wedding traditions are deeply rooted in the country's rich cultural heritage. One of the most beloved customs is the "ransom" of the bride. This tradition involves the groom and his friends arriving at the bride's house to negotiate a price for her hand in marriage. The playful bargaining process usually involves lighthearted banter, singing, and even some humorous challenges or tasks for the groom to prove his love and devotion. Another popular tradition is the washing of the mother-in-law's feet. It is a symbolic gesture of respect and gratitude from the newlyweds to the mother-in-law. The groom and the bride's family gather to wash the feet of the mother-in-law, often accompanied by singing and blessings. This act signifies the bride's acceptance into her husband's family and her willingness to care for and honor her new relatives. Also, the mother-in-law is taken for a ride in the carriage, and songs are sung to her, the bride's shoe is also stolen during the wedding. In reality, there are numerous wedding traditions, and they are quite unusual. However, most of them have remained in rural areas, while urban weddings mostly feature modern celebrations with minimal traditional elements. 

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35. Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant is the most powerful nuclear power plant in Europe

Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) is located on the banks of the Dnipro River in Ukraine and is considered the most powerful nuclear power plant in Europe. It consists of six reactor units, each with a capacity of 1000 megawatts. ZNPP was constructed with the purpose of providing electricity for industry and households, as well as reducing dependence on imported energy resources. ZNPP plays a significant role in electricity generation in Ukraine, providing a substantial portion of the country's electricity supply. Its operation is crucial for ensuring energy security and stability in the country. However, it is important to note that currently Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant is under temporary occupation.

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36. Carol of the Bells

Schedryk, also known as Carol of the Bells, is one of the most popular Ukrainian Christmas carols in the world. The song was composed by Mykola Leontovych in 1916 and is based on a traditional Ukrainian folk chant called Shchedryk. It has since become a beloved holiday tune that has been performed and reinterpreted by countless artists and choirs around the globe. The distinctive melody of Carol of the Bells captures the joyful and festive spirit of the holiday season. The song is often sung in a cappella or accompanied by bell-like instrumentations, mimicking the sound of ringing bells. Its lively tempo and harmonies create a captivating atmosphere and evoke a sense of celebration.

Carol of the Bells.jpg?format=webp@CAROL OF THE BELLS Live: Epic Orchestra Piano Version | Performed by Composer Jennifer Thomas/Jennifer Thomas/

37. Protection 

In Ukraine, traditions are held in high regard and treated with great seriousness. Additionally, Ukrainians are deeply religious and believe in omens and signs. As soon as they purchase a new house or a car, they immediately invite priests to bless their acquisition. It is believed that prayer protects the home and ensures safe travels. Moreover, icons are often seen in cars and public transportation, serving as talismans that protect against evil.

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38. World Ukrainian poet

Taras Shevchenko, the renowned Ukrainian poet, artist, and humanist, enjoys immense popularity around the world. His influence and legacy extend far beyond Ukraine's borders, resonating with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. One remarkable testament to his global recognition is the remarkable number of monuments dedicated to him. Across 35 countries, Shevchenko's contributions to literature, art, and the fight for social justice are honored with 1384 monuments. This extraordinary number surpasses that of any other cultural figure in the world. Each monument stands as a tribute to Shevchenko's enduring impact on the hearts and minds of people worldwide.

World Ukrainian poet.jpg?format=webp@Taras Shevchenko, Poet of Ukraine/Origins OSU/

39. The oldest human settlements of Homo sapiens

On the territory of Ukraine, in the village of Mezhyrichchia located in the Rivne region, one of the oldest human settlements of Homo sapiens was discovered. This archaeological finding indicates the presence of early humans in these lands. The settlement, known as Mezhyrichchia I, dates back approximately 15,000 years, making it one of the oldest known settlements of Homo sapiens. Through archaeological excavations at this site, remnants of the settlement such as hearths, tools, and animal remains have been found, providing evidence of human presence and their way of life. One of the most fascinating discoveries associated with Mezhyrichchia I is the oldest known map engraved on a mammoth bone. This map, dating back to the same period, impresses with its complexity and level of detail.

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40. Conversations on the bench 

Ukrainian daily life is incredibly fascinating and extraordinary. Sometimes, in order to understand Ukrainians, one either needs to be one of them or spend a considerable amount of time in their midst. The older generation of Ukrainians is comprised of unique individuals with their own perspectives and character. From them, one can learn a great deal about past times, and they, in turn, can share a lot about you because they are inquisitive and observant. In Ukraine, under the apartment buildings, one often sees old ladies sitting on benches, actively discussing news, their past, and their neighbors. Next to them, you can come across old men who sometimes join in the conversations but more often find solace in playing chess or cards.

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41. Melodious language

The Ukrainian language is known for its extraordinary melodiousness and natural rhythm. During the linguistic congress held in Paris in 1934, renowned experts acknowledged the Ukrainian language as the third most melodious language worldwide, surpassed only by French and Persian. This recognition was based on its exceptional melodic qualities, lexical and phraseological richness, vast word-formation capabilities, and syntactic flexibility. Like Italian, the Ukrainian language possesses a powerful emotional potential and the ability to express the subtlest nuances of feelings.

Melodious language.jpg?format=webp@Shchedryk / Щедрик. Carol of the Bells. Original Ukrainian Version with English and Ukrainian Lyrics/Eileen/

42. Granny’s house 

Ukrainians have a strong affinity for cleanliness. Even in modest homes, there is always a sense of cleanliness and coziness. Ukrainian grandmothers, living in humble clay houses, take great pride in maintaining their dwellings and cherishing them. Icons adorned with embroidered towels still hang in the corners, and pillows on the beds are neatly stacked. Additionally, it is common to come across what is known as "high beds," where layers of blankets and coverings are carefully arranged. All of these elements contribute to a genuine and beautiful aesthetic.

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43. Singing sand 

In Ukraine, you can hear the "singing" sands. Among the sandy spit on one of the branches of the Dnipro River, near the Lapinka River close to Nikopol, there is a natural phenomenon known as singing sands. As a result of the movement of the wind over the desert or sandy beach, a unique sound is produced, resembling the whistling of car tires.

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44. Superstitious Nation

Ukrainians are a superstitious nation. They believe in omens and often pay attention to them. For example, if a black cat crosses their path, they will throw a small stone across the road. They also consider the number 13 to be unlucky and try not to plan anything important on this day. If someone says something negative to them, they spit over their left shoulder and knock on wood three times to prevent the bad thing from happening. Another widespread superstition is that before a trip, they will squat down to ensure a successful journey. 

Superstitious Nation.jpg?format=webp@Black Cat Symbolism - Are They Really an Unlucky Sign?/Angel Number Org/

45. Popular McDonald's

This McDonald's restaurant in Kyiv has become an iconic destination for locals and tourists alike. This establishment consistently makes it into the top five busiest McDonald's restaurants globally. Its prime location near the bustling railway station attracts a constant flow of customers. The popularity of this particular McDonald's can be attributed to various factors. Firstly, its strategic location makes it easily accessible for travelers arriving or departing from the city. As a result, it serves as a convenient spot for grabbing a quick meal before or after a train journey.

Popular McDonald's.jpg?format=webp@Ukraine: McDonald’s begin serving again in Kyiv/The Independent/

46. Ghost town

The Chornobyl disaster, which occurred on April 26, 1986, was a catastrophic nuclear accident that forever changed the landscape and ecosystem of the region. The explosion at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant released a massive amount of radioactive material into the environment, leading to the evacuation of nearby towns and creating the Exclusion Zone, a restricted area around the plant. Now Chornobyl is a ghost town where you can see strange animals. Among the notable inhabitants are the so-called "Chornobyl Wolves." These wolves have not only survived but also established a stable population within the Exclusion Zone. Without human interference, they roam freely and have become one of the top predators in the area. Another remarkable creature is Przewalski's horse. Once on the brink of extinction, a group of these wild horses was reintroduced into the Exclusion Zone in 1998. Away from human disturbances, they have flourished and multiplied. Today, they roam the deserted landscapes, symbolizing resilience and adaptation.

Ghost town.jpg?format=webp@Chernobyl, Ukraine 🇺🇦 | 4K Drone Footage/ALL in 4K/

47. Ukraine is the heart of Europe 

Ukraine is the heart of Europe, and as evidence of this, a two-meter sign indicating the geographical center of Europe is installed on a winding mountain road section between Rakhiv and Uzhhorod. In 1887 (when Transcarpathia belonged to Austria-Hungary), engineers discovered that somewhere in this area should be the center of Europe while planning the construction of a railway. Vienna scientists were invited, who confirmed the speculations and established a geodetic marker in the form of a concrete slab to certify their findings. Furthermore, Ukraine embraces European values and respects international laws, which confirms its European affiliation.

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48. Pearl of the Carpathians

Lake Synevyr, also known as Synevyr, is a captivating natural wonder nestled in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. It is often referred to as the "Pearl of the Carpathians" due to its pristine beauty and enchanting surroundings. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and lush green forests, Lake Synevyr is a sight to behold. Covering an area of approximately 4.5 hectares, Lake Synevyr is the largest natural mountain lake in the Ukrainian Carpathians. It is located at an elevation of about 989 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the picturesque Synevyr National Nature Park. The park itself is renowned for its rich biodiversity, pristine landscapes, and unique flora and fauna.

Pearl of the Carpathians.jpg?format=webp@"Tour de Ukraine" на Zruchno.Travel - Lake Synevir (ENG)/Tour de Ukraine/

49. Ukrainian desert 

The Oleshky Sands, the largest sand massif in Europe, is located in the steppe region in the center of Europe. It is a desert-like area in Ukraine. Within the depths of the desert, at a depth of 300-400 meters, there exists a freshwater underground lake with very tasty water. However, scientists have conducted research and concluded that extensive water extraction from the area is not feasible. This is because it would cause a decrease in the water level, and the forests would no longer be able to hold back the sand. The nearest populated settlement from the desert is about 7 kilometers away. 
It is located within the Kherson region.

Ukrainian desert .jpg?format=webp@Oleshkivski sands - Ukraine/Discover Kherson/

50. Traditions of weaving are still alive

In some regions of Ukraine, particularly in the Rivne region, the traditions of weaving are still alive. Hand-operated weaving looms are used to create various fabrics with unique motifs and designs. This craft is passed down from generation to generation, and master weavers continue the traditions of their ancestors. Weaving in Rivne’s region has its own peculiarities and reflects the national character and cultural heritage of the region. Local weavers use diverse materials such as linen, wool, or cotton, and they incorporate unique patterns into their products. They create a variety of textile items, including towels, carpets, blankets, and other household objects.

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