Ukrainia

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The currency is the hrivna.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Ukrainia , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Offices open at 9 AM.



Transportation

Road
The road network is in poor condition. Drive carefully, avoid driving at night outside the cities, watch the behaviour of local people, who often do not respect the highway code and the general traffic rules. Also watch the pedestrians. Having an insurance for your vehicle is compulsory.



Rail
It is satisfactory on the whole, but journeys are slow (it takes one night to join the main cities in the province from Kiev). It is often difficult to get a return ticket in the station of departure.

Air
The domestic fleet is composed of old planes. For international flights, it is advised to travel with Occidental airline companies or on "Air Ukraine International" which jets meet the international safety standards.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .ua



Languages spoken

Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine. However, the Constitution protects minority languages, especially Russian which is spoken in the center and in the east of the country. Indeed, Russian speaking people are the most numerous national minority in Ukraine (22%). Otherwise, the administration only uses Ukrainian. However, the majority of businessmen is bilingual, even if some of them prefer using Russian. Moreover, although there are more and more people with some knowledge of English, an interpreter is often required. Finally, in Crimea, Tatars speak Tatar.


Last modified in January 2006
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