2015 KIEV MARATHON, UKRAINE: 4:54:49 (2015-09-27)


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Capital: Kiev (2,8 million)

Population: 45,5 million

Currency: Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH)

Famous people from Kiev:

Golda Meier, Israeli politician, Milla Jovjovich, model, Andriy Shevchenko, football (born in Dvirkivschyna 100 km outside Kiev)

Fun facts about Ukraine:

Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe (2nd biggest if counting Russia) with total area of 603.550 square kilometers, yet the population is lesser than in France and Germany.

The deepest metro station in the world is Arsenalna station in Kyiv going down at 105.5 meters. It was made that deep for military purposes with secret huge bunker hidden between Arsenalna and Khreshatic stations.

Trembita is the longest musical instrument in the world. It is a very long pipe played on by Hutsul ethnicity from the Carpathian Mountains.

The official language is Ukrainian; however most people are bilingual and speak equally well Russian and Ukrainian with people from west most regions being also fluent in Polish, Hungarian and Romanian.

Popular traditional Ukrainian dishes are borsh – yummy beef and meat soup and varenyky – dumplings filled with meat, potato or sweet berries.

No, Ukrainians don’t drink vodka all the time. (or horilka as they call it). Ukraine rank 6th in the world after Romania, Russia, Lithuania, Moldova and Belarus being the most drinking nation in 2014 according to the Independent.

Ukrainian national costume is called “vyshyvanka” – a plain white shirt made of linen and decorated with floral or ornamental embroidery. Worn by both men and women on numerous occasions. The best ones are still hand-made. Another part of the women traditional costume is “vinok” – a wreath made of real or fake flowers with long colorful ribbons attached to the back of it.