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.
Professional travelers, ethnographists and explorers rarely visit lands, popular among tourists, because there is a slim chance to make a discovery or learn something new there. However, experts have own TOP-list of countries and regions where even in 21st century they find things to amaze themselves first and entire world then.
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.
Kyrgyzstan attracts by its unique nature and climate, authentic cuisine and hospitable people, in addition, it is a country with ancient unique traditions and rich history. Today we will tell you about the most amazing facts and peculiarities of this land-locked country.
The New Year in Ukraine did not always start with a Christmas tree, and instead of Santa Claus and Snow Maiden, guests were waiting fora minx girl - Malanka and motor-boy Vasyl accompanied by the retinue. All the follies were out of hand: the ridiculed riddles carried a sacred content, dictated by the logic of the myth of the duel of spring and winter.
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,...
“I’d like some headache elixir, mandrake root extract, heart pills and a bit of morphine, please…” – this is about how patients addressed pharmacists a couple hundred years ago. They, in turn, were preparing various magmas and mixtures in pharmacological laboratories situated as near as in the next room. Sure, nowadays technologies have significantly advanced, “remedy stores” fit in kiosks while drug-containing medicines cannot be bought without prescription…
For the majority of people the South Africa is known only as a birthplace of the great Nelson Mandela, and the country where mines and carriers are literally teemed with mineral resources. However, an educated person should know much more about the most advanced state of Africa. Fill in your knowledge gaps together with the OUTLOOK!
Universe quite often offers us balance showing the shades and more intensive colors. The bright example of such a equilibrity at the square of South African Republic is the Kingdom Lesotho. The state that is situated high in the mountains, the only place within the territory of the continent which in July and August is visited by snow and snowstorms. That’s why it was called as ‘African Switzerland’.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever noticed how parks attrack us when it gets warmer outside? And what happens when you suddenly get there? Time stands still, something starts pulsating inside you, and your body seems to plant out fresh sprouts. OUTLOOK encourages you to visit the most beautiful arboreta of Ukraine, which you will exit feeling double alive.
Did you know that Azerbaijan is a home to 350 mud volcanoes? Whilst scientists discovered 800 such phenomena on our planet. Mud volcanoes are unique as their composition is similar to the Martian soil. We would like to draw your attention to the most interesting facts about this wonderful country.
Flower fields and valleys are impressive and attract attention of the most discerning connoisseurs of beauty. Multi-coloured deposits of fragrant plants adorn vast valleys of almost every country, in the most distant parts of the world. We offer several options for such floral carpets for every taste.
Thanks largely to the UEFA European Football Championship that took place in 2016 in France, the whole world got interested in the distant and seemingly cold country of Iceland, since its footballers highlighted the tournament with several loud break-throughs, and thus promoted their homeland. In order to keep up with the trend, OUTLOOK decided to share the coolest fun facts about the country of elves and trolls, volcanoes and glaciers.
Being one of the most ancient countries in the world, Lebanon has been implied in the Old Testament more than 75 times while the local city Bibl is officially considered as the oldest in the world. The first human settlements within the area of republic harken back to the sixth millennium BC that again and again proves that verily Middle East is the cradle of humanity. Today we would like to tell about one of the main pearls of this part of the world, Lebanon.
In the stereotypical perception of an average tourist all Latin America countries as like as two peas with their beaches, football, Spanish language and political instability. Of course, in reality, each of them is unique. Today we bring to your attention interesting facts about one of them, Colombia.
We all in the OUTLOOK are absolutely sure that each country is interesting in its own way, and the popular destinations are often famed due to competent presentation and good promotion. Today we would like to share with you interesting and curious facts about the wonderful and hospitable Kazakhstan, a state without cultural and historical heritage of which we cannot imagine neither Central Asia nor the whole Eurasia.
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.