Over several years of our project’s operation we have created large amount of features, both texts and visuals, about various countries, visited numerous cities, got acquainted with huge number of peoples. And now, on the day of 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence, Outlook with love and joy continues its series of features with the one about native country. Most interesting facts about Ukraine and Ukrainians are next to come.
Despite the fact that for centuries Ukraine lacked own independent state and had lived under the influence of several empires at a time, its people has always strived for democracy. World’s first prototype of Constitution – a document that regulates fundamental internal laws and freedoms, was written by a Ukrainian of all others, by Pylyp Orlyk, Hetman of Zaporizhian Cossacks and a public figure. It happened in distant 1710, 77 years prior to the USA.
Should we judge by number of degree certificates per capita –Ukrainians are currently one of the most educated nations on Earth. This thirst for knowledge is probably in their blood because as far back as in 1576 it was on its territory, not far from present-day city Rivne where famous Ostroh Academy was opened that was in fact the first higher education institution in entire Eastern Europe.
In a small Ukrainian town called Rakhiv in Zakarpattska Oblast officially recognized geographical centre of Europe is located.
Ukrainian language is considered world’s second most melodic after Italian and third in terms of general beauty that is defined by such factors as phonetics, vocabulary and verbality. These are the conclusions that prominent philologists and language experts arrived at in 1934 during linguistic contest in Paris.
The capital of Ukraine – Kiyv – is rightfully considered one of the most impressive cities on the planet. This historically rich and architecturally incredible metropolis has played an important role in both policy and economy of not just Ukraine but of Easter Europe as a whole at all times. Founded over 1200 years ago, it was the largest settlement in Europe in 9th-10th centuries outdoing Paris and London in terms of both territory and population by a number of times. Nowadays with its only officially estimated almost three million citizens it also ranks among largest cities of the continent.
Kyiv subway station Arsenalna “lies” as deep as at 105 meters. It is the absolute world record among objects of this kind.
Peaceful disposition is a major feature of Ukrainians. Should one dig even very deep into history, there will be hardly any war of conquest launched by this particular people discovered. However, Ukrainians, unfortunately, participated wars very often – in 99% of case those were liberation wars for own freedom. This exceptional pacifism is proved by the fact that back in 1990 Ukraine voluntarily gave up its nuclear weapons while possessing world’s third capabilities.
Nature really pushed the boat for Ukraine because such a beautiful and diverse ecosystem-wise country is yet to be sought. Majestic Dnipro, picturesque Carpathians, warm waters of two seas at the same time, thick green forests and even own desert! Where does a desert come from in Europe, you may ask? Well then, it’s high time you went to Khersonska Oblast, located in the south of the country, and visit national nature park Oleshky Sands there – you’ll get a bunch of impressions.
Very recently international group of scientists discovered an underwater river in the depths of the Black Sea that washes the south of Ukraine. This unique natural phenomenon, one of a kind if we speak about worldwide ocean, is thoroughly researched now.
Speaking of Ukraine we cannot but mention that in many respects this country is “the best of the best”. Take at least its dimensions – with the exception of Russia, that has its larger part located in Asia, Ukraine is Europe’s largest country. Its territory is about 0.41% of entire global land. And there are about 45 million Ukrainians inhabiting own motherland.
With this feature on the main street of Dnipro, Dmytro Yavornytsky Avenue, we continue our rubric, dedicated to the history of differnt streets. Dmytro Yavornytsky Avenue is not just a central and most important street of Dnipro in every respect – it is also the picture of the many-centuries-long history of the city.
In the childhood a famous Frenchman from Ukraine was a blue-eyed dreamer. Once all his dreams came true. Whatever he wanted, everything was easy, as if luck was following him. HBe was singing in the choir, he made his best at artistic talent - and, finally, he succeeded in ballet.
This Saturday, on February 23, 2019, Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of foreign states, representatives of diplomatic missions, international organizations, the State Affairs Department of the President of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine visited the city of Ostroh, the centre of origin and development of Ukrainian Education, at organizational support and participation of the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions together with the National University of Ostroh Academy.
On February 13, a solemn ceremony took place on the occasion of the main national holiday of Serbia - Statehood Day which marks the official level since 2001 and marks the Day of the beginning of the Serbian Revolution against the Ottoman occupation in 1804.
On February 12, an exhibition devoted to the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada was opened at the Ukrainian Diaspora Museum with the support of the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine. The purpose of the project is to show the life of Ukrainian Canadians, their tireless work in the new country and the efforts they make every day.
How much love weights and can its volume be measued? Does it have a garvity center and how it behaves in hours of ardent heat ot snow storms? Sure enough, love is an ethereal feeling that rather resembles crazy butterflies dancing in your stomach. However people, who have deep feelings, have learned to "create love" and convey its meaning in stone, wood or metal for others.
Airports, railways and bus stations in Kyiv aren’t much different from similar objects in other big cities. But that’s just at first sight. If you have a slightly closer look at passengers, you can see that every third one carries a round white-and-green box. It is in it where the part of the majestic city, that can be legally carried away as a souvenir, is – we mean the famous Kyiv Cake.
Their song, Sho Z-Pod Duba, is featured in the Fargo series and the commercial with David Beckham, Thai schoolgirls teach Koliskov in a music lesson, and their concerts are eagerly awaited around the world. Continuing a series of inspirational stories about talented Ukrainians in the “Know Ours” column, Outlook tells about the most original, controversial and popular Ukrainian team “DakhaBrakha” abroad.
The village of Nemyryntsi of the Ruzhynskyi district in Zhytomyr Oblast hosted the All-Ukrainian Festival of Traditional Culture “Kupalski Rosy”.Kupalski Rosy is a festival visited by guests not only from Zhytomyr Oblast, but also from different parts of Ukraine and the world. Organizer of the celebration is Pavlo Zhebrivskyi, Ukrainian politician and his sister Filia Zhebrivska.
Traditional Ukrainian clothes are absolutely unique, bright and distinctive. So there is no surprise that they still remain relevant for both Ukrainian and foreign fashion-mongers. In recent years designers of the world create entire collection based on the main symbol vyshyvanka (embroidered clothing) and many celebrities now and then put on shirts with magic ornamentation believing them to be the summit of elegance.
Searching for word Salvador with web search engine, most likely first you get links to the great artist Salvador Dali, and only after that, to the state which is, by the way, is the most densely populated country in Central America. OUTLOOK would like to fill in this gap in the global web with interesting information about this beautiful and unique country.
When we hear about "water city", Venice immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? Tranquil gondolas, narrow waterways, gentle light of the evening sun and ancient architecture create that heady romantic cocktail which attracts tourists from all over the world to the Italian city.
Bahrain is the smallest Arab country. It is rather strange that it does not have a worldwide magnificent glory, because it is a real pearl of the East in a literal and figurative sense. Moreover, it cannot be listed in brilliant assemblage of countries typical for the Arabian expanses: even against their background, this state is considered to be exotic. What we know about Bahrain - 10 interesting facts.
In every art there are formats and rules – once in “mainstream” an Artist won’t have to starve. Even more so in totalitarian times when every sphere of people’s life is controlled and affected and selfhood has to be forgotten as such. It is probably in the face of a system natural talents emerge for their work to become immortal. Today Outlook recalls one of them, artist Kateryna Bilokur.
Spoiled with home-made borshch, holubtsy and cotlets, we are under an illusion that we know Ukrainian cuisine like the tips of own fingers and there is nothing distinctive about it while in fact gastronomic heritage of our country is far richer than a grandma’s ingenuous menu. Time has come to recall original Ukrainian dishes that were undeservedly forgotten in the era of semi-cooked products and fast food.
Balkans is the travel destination that is becoming more and more popular year by year. Perhaps, every traveler has its own favorite countries of the region, however, we cannot avoid telling about the main state of this semi-island Serbia.
Christmas arrives with a warm overjacket on its shoulders. At night it brings warm light of the first evening star and in the morning it wakes you up with shine of white but warm sun. If my great-grandmonther’s grandmother had been asked about her Christmas feelings, I believe, her words would have been identical to mine. Because together with a bowl of kutia, generations of Ukrainians transfer their traditions from hand to hand.
The Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Mission and the Scientific Society of History of Diplomacy and International Relations with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Embassies of Ukraine in Austria, Slovakia and Hungary arranged a series of events on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ukrainian diplomacy.
On the 26-th of October it will be going a desirable premier of documental and biographic movie ‘Dancer’ on the price of success paid by the artist of ballet Serhii Polunin. Being originated from Kherson, he accidentally appeared in the Royal Theater in London where he became an overnight success but then went off the grid to get even more love of the spectators. Today OUTLOOK continues the cycle of materials about successful Ukrainians.
On the 27-th of September, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic Kazakhstan to Ukraine Samat Ordabaev organized a ‘round table’ in Kyiv. The event was dedicated to the 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. There were heads of diplomatic missions, people’s deputies of Verkhovna Rada, executives of authorities of Ukraine, the representatives of creative and scientific regions, business communities, as mass media.