10 mind-blowing facts about the Ukraine you didn’t know

1. People in Ukraine drink a LOT of alcohol

According to data from the World Health Organisation, Ukraine ranks at number 6 in the world for alcohol consumption. They drink almost 14 liters per capita per year. Only in Russia, Romania, Moldova, Lithuania and Belarus people consume more.

2. Ukrainians LOVE McDonald’s

In Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, there is a franchise of McDonald’s next to the main train station. It is the third busiest McDonald’s franchise in the world.

3. Deep station

A train station called “Arsenalna”, on Kiev’s Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska line is the deepest train station in the world, located at 105,5 meters below ground.

4. Widest street

The main street of the city of Kiev, called Kreshchatyk Street, is the shortest yet widest main street in the world. It is only 1200 meters long but it is extremely broad. It was destroyed in WWII, but it is still the focal point of Kiev.

5. Extreme Destruction

Speaking of destruction, a LOT of the country was destroyed in WWII, however, Ukraine was the host of the Yalta Conference in 1945, where Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill met to speak about the organization of post-war Europe. The location of the meeting, Livadia Palace, is open as a museum nowadays.

6. Ghost Towns

You have probably heard of Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster in history.
The accident occurred in 1986, and the area is now called the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Inside this zone are many abandoned towns, which attract tourists from all over the world. Tours of the area are available at the tourist’s own risk because radiation levels remain dangerously high.

7. A lot of Cafés

Ukraine Old Town Theater Downtown Lvov City Lviv

Ukraine is not only home to a lot of ghost towns, but also to very many cafés. The city of Lviv has the most cafés per capita in the world.

8. Biggest Plane

Not only does Ukraine have the most cafés in the world, but it has also built the world’s biggest plane.
It is called the Antonov An-225 Mriya. It has a wingspan of 88,4 meters and weighs 640 tonnes. Only one was ever made.

9. Biggest military

Ukraine is also home to the second biggest military in the world, after Russia. The country inherited an enormous nuclear arsenal after the Soviet Union broke up.

10. The Capital is a hero

Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, was given Hero City status by the USSR because of its resistance to the Nazis in 1941 in the Battle of Kiev.
The German soldiers surrounded the city in July 1941 and captured it in September of that year, taking over half a million soldiers captive. Although the battle was seen as a giant victory for Hitler, the city received Hero City status in 1965.

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