People, Culture, Traditions and Customs in Ukraine

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If you want to travel to Ukraine , it would be helpful for you to have some information about how to live in Ukraine, so that you can take advantage of the exciting opportunities and experiences that it offers.

Once you adapt to the Ukrainian environment and get used to it, you will never be disappointed.

Read on, as there is a lot you need to know about Ukraine, not just cold and snow!

The language

Ukrainian is the official language in Ukraine, but Ukrainian residents speak Polish, Yiddish, Rusyn, Belarusian, Romanian or Moldovan, Bulgarian, Crimean Turkish, or Hungarian and Russian.

The vast majority of people in Ukraine speak Ukrainian, which is written with a form of the Cyrillic alphabet. The language—belonging with Russian and Belarusian to the East Slavic branch of the Slavic language family—is closely related to Russian but also has distinct similarities to the Polish language.

The Ukrainian language is considered to be one of the most beautiful languages in the world, after French and Italian. It is very melodic and easy on the ear.

Here are some words that will make you fall in love with Ukrainian, instantly.


Pronunciation: Ukrayina

Meaning: there are two versions of the origin of the name Ukraine. The first one means the ‘bordering land’, while the latter – ‘homeland’.


Pronunciation: kohannya

Meaning: a feeling of deep heartfelt affection for a person – love. Its roots can be found in most Slavic languages with the interpretation ‘to take care’.


Pronunciation: nezhaleznist’

Meaning: ‘independence’ in international relations and ‘sovereignty’ in internal affairs.


Pronunciation: polunytsya

Meaning: strawberry.


Pronunciation: kralya

Meaning: a beautiful girl or woman, a lady. It is considered to be the derivative of the verb ‘palenity’ – to burn brightly.


Sport is an essential part of life in Ukraine. Football, swimming, basketball and horse racing are among the popular sports that are widely supported.

Almost all Ukrainian suburbs and cities have high-standard sports facilities, allowing people of all ages and abilities to engage in physical activities and enhance their social relationship. People usually take advantage of the weekends to enjoy “barbecue” and play football with family and friends, and drink cold drinks.

Ukraine has a long history of hosting major sporting events and international tournaments, such as The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, Ukraine also hosts matches in the European Champions League football championship annually, and students have the opportunity to follow the best European teams on the stadium directly, usually Shakhtar or Dynamo Kiev team faces both, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Juventus and many great teams that aims to bring joy and happiness to the sports fans there.

Etiquette in Ukraine

Ukrainians tend to shy away from the formal, especially formal greetings. And when they meet for the first time, they juggle, smile, and introduce themselves by their first names. Ukrainians love their comfortable lifestyle and are very interested in spending time with their family and friends. Picnics, family barbecues, parties, beach relaxation and gatherings in the garden are an essential part of life in Ukraine.

It is also very common in Ukraine to exchange gifts between family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers on birthdays and Christmas. If you are invited to someone’s home to eat with them, it is best to take a gift for them, such as a box of chocolates. You should keep your deadlines. Because you will look rude if you are more than 15 minutes late. If delay is inevitable, contact your host and inform them ahead of time.

Weather in Ukraine

Ukraine lies in a temperate climatic zone influenced by moderately warm, humid air from the Atlantic Ocean. Winters in the west are considerably milder than those in the east. In summer, on the other hand, the east often experiences higher temperatures than the west. Average annual temperatures range from about 42–45 °F (5.5–7 °C) in the north to about 52–55 °F (11–13 °C) in the south. The average temperature in January, the coldest month, is about 26 °F (−3 °C) in the southwest and about 18 °F (−8 °C) in the northeast. The average in July, the hottest month, is about 73 °F (23 °C) in the southeast and about 64 °F (18 °C) in the northwest.

Precipitation is uneven, with two to three times as much falling in the warmer seasons as in the cold. Maximum precipitation generally occurs in June and July, while the minimum falls in February. Snow falls mainly in late November and early December; accumulation varies in depth from a few inches in the steppe region (in the south) to several feet in the Carpathians. Western Ukraine, notably the Carpathian Mountains area, receives the highest annual precipitation—more than 47 inches (1,200 mm). The lowlands along the Black Sea and in Crimea, by contrast, receive less than 16 inches (400 mm) annually. The remaining areas of Ukraine receive 16 to 24 inches (400 to 600 mm) of precipitation.

In contrast to the rest of Ukraine, the southern shore of Crimea has a warm, gentle, Mediterranean-type climate. Winters are mild and rainy, with little snow, and the average January temperature is 39 °F (4 °C). Summers are dry and hot, with an average July temperature of 75 °F (24 °C).

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Opening hours for stores and restaurants vary depending on where you live, but you can usually buy groceries at major supermarkets until at least 10pm every day.
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While studying in Ukraine, you may want to explore your city or other parts of Ukraine. There are many transportation options available, which include buses, taxis, ferries, planes, cars, bicycles, and of course, walking, and these options depend on where you are going and your current location.
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While studying in Ukraine, you may want to explore your city or other parts of Ukraine. There are many transportation options available, which include buses, taxis, ferries, planes, cars, bicycles, and of course, walking, and these options depend on where you are going and your current location.

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