A country in the heart of Europe

A story of the Ukrainian nation numbers hundreds of years and dates back to early 9th century, when Ukraine was a center of East Slavs culture. During that time a state, known as Kyivska Russ, was the most powerful nation in Eastern Europe with a capital in Kyiv (present capital of Ukraine).

Since that time and up to the end of 20th century Ukraine was divided among different countries and empires. Most part of the past century Ukraine spent as a part of Soviet Union. In 1991 Ukraine became an independent european country.

As a country with a favorable geographical position (situated between Asia and Europe), Ukraine was always viewed by foreign investors as a country with better economic conditions, than other republics of the Soviet Union. Today this European country has the potential to be one of the region's leaders in volume of foreign direct investment and portfolio investment

 (In Ukraine traditional lives in harmony with future)

Uaine today is a country of 46 million people, most of whom are ethnic Ukrainians. Ukraine shares borders with Russia, Belorussia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. The Black Sea and Azov Sea wash the country in the South. 

The country is free of nuclear weapons. It is considered one of the safest places in the world with second largest army in Europe and one of lowest crime rates on Earth. Professional army helps as well supports Ukraine's image as a key peacemaker in the world. The country's troops were deployed in Kosovo, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Iraq and other countries.

For centuries, Ukraine was recognized as a country offering unique opportunities for industrial, technological, trade and agricultural development. In 2007 the Ukrainian stock market recorded the second highest growth in the world of 130 percent. Ukrainian IT market ranked fourth after Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic, with almost 40 percent growth and over $3.4 billion in volume, according to IDC survey. Ukraine now appears in Gaming Industry's Top 12 European Countries.

Ukraine produces almost all types of transportation vehicles and spacecrafts. Antonov airplanes for example have become a symbol of Ukraine, stressing on the country's strength in this field of aviation. As an active participant of global space exploration, Ukraine has launched a number of satellites.

 (Antonov planes are most powerfull on Earth)

With less than 1% of the world's population, the country has 6% of the world's physicists, mathematicians, computer programmers and other highly trained professionals. Ukraine's traditions of physical, mathematical, and programming schools are very strong. Nearly 60% of its universities have graduates with majors in these disciplines. To bridge the gap between classical education and real business and technical processes, outsourcing companies have partnered with leading universities to offer additional classes and labs for students.

Development of Ukrainian economy goes side by side with the development of country's culture and sports. Music remains a major component of Ukrainian culture. Nowadays it varies from traditional folk to contemporary rock and experimental. Elements from Ukrainian folk made their way to western music and are often recognized in song and plays of other Slavic nations.

The country's most popular sport is not doubt football. FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Shakhtar are invariable participants of European football challenges. FC Shakhtar won UEFA Cup trophy in 2009. The national team made its debut in 2006 FIFA World Cup and went as far as quarterfinals. Andrei Shevchenko - Ukraine's most honorable football player - is also one of the brightest characters of European soccer history. Boxing is also popular in the country, thanks to the Klichko brothers (most titled boxers today). Ukraine now bids to host 2018 Winter Olympic Games, and has already won the bit (together with Poland) to host Football Euro 2012.

 (Newly build stadium in Donetsk - Eastern Ukraine)