Interesting Facts about Ukraine
Most people would probably be hard pressed to say something that they know about Ukraine. While most of its past was strongly linked to Russia (Ukraine became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991), the country has developed its own distinct and interesting culture. Get to know some things about this southeastern European country:
- Did you know that the actual geographic center of Europe can be found in Ukraine? It is a small town called Rahiv situated in west Ukraine.
- A Ukrainian statesman was responsible for penning the first constitution. Pylyp Orlyk was elected as the Hetman of the Zaporizhia army on the 5th of April 1710 – on the same day he wrote the “Pacts and Constitution of Rights and Freedoms of the Zaporizhian Host”. In it he outlined the rights and responsibilities of the government and the citizens. The U.S. Constitution will not be ratified until 1787 or some 70 years later.
- The Ukrainian language is said to be the second most melodic language in the world (after Italian).
- The oldest map in the world was discovered in Ukraine. Archaelogists found it inscribed on a mammoth tusk in Mezhirich and dated around 10,000 B.C. Moreover, the oldest known human dwelling was also said to have been found in the same site.
- The deepest subway station in the world is in Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv. The Arsenal metro station was one of the first subway stations built in Kyiv and has a depth of about 105 meters underground.
- Ukraine produced the heaviest silver coin in the world. On the occasion of the 10 years of hryvnia revival, it issued a silver coin that weighs about 1000 grams.
- Ukraine is a country rich in mineral deposits. It accounts for about 2.3 billion tons of manganese ore (the biggest deposit in the world) and 7 per cent of iron ore.