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Ukraine Declared Independence: August 24, 1991. It is situated in Eastern Europe and lies in the Dnipro River basin. Neighboring Ukraine are the countries of Belarus, Russia, Moldova, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. In the South, Ukraine is washed by the Black and Azov Seas. The area of Ukraine is 603,700 sq.km (2333,089 sq. Miles), the population is 51,728,400. Kiev (Kyiv, in Ukrainian), is the Capital of Ukraine and the biggest city. About 3 million people live in Kiev. Ethnic Composition: Ukrainian 73%, Russia 22%, Jewish 1%, other 4% approximately 85% of the Ukrainian population is Orthodox Christians; 10% are Catholics of the Byzantine rite; 3% are Protestant (mainly Baptists); 1.3% is of Jewish faith. Main Industries: Agriculture (grains, potatoes, beets, cooking oil, canned goods, and dairy products) and manufacturing (electrical goods, agricultural machinery) iron ore, coal, chemicals. Official state language in Ukraine is Ukrainian, but Russian is widely used. In big cities, people speak mostly Russian, and in villages - Ukrainian. All official documents are exercised in Ukrainian, mass media uses two languages. Many people have basic knowledge of English. Hotels, restaurants, bars, private companies hire people who know English. But do not hope to hear English in shops, kiosks, town transport.
Climate in Ukraine is basically sparingly-continental, in the Crimea - a subtropical climate of Mediterranean type. Winters are long, snowy and cool, average temperature in January is - 6 C (21 F). The coolest month is February. Summer is short and not very hot, average temperature in July is + 19 C (67 F). In July, August there can be + 32 C more often + 25-30 C. Change of seasons is very distinct in Ukraine, snowy winter, flowering warm springtime, hot summer and gilded autumn. In Odessa temperature is usually 5-10 C higher then in the rest of Ukraine due to Southern location.
Since 1996 Official state currency is Hrivna. There are money bills by nominal values 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 hrivnas and small change coins by nominal values 1, 2, 5,10,25,50 kopecks. Payments on the territory of Ukraine are accepted only in national currency (hrivnas). You may exchange your country money for hrivnas at ATMs located in all big cities by Banks and in the streets and in banks. In order to avoid fraud and troubles, do not use services of street changers. Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants, shops.
Standard voltage in electric networks in Ukraine is 220 volts. Faults in electricity supply occur very seldom and, as a rule, are immediately eliminated.
For drinking water, Ukrainians use water filters, or boil tap water. We do not advise you to drink tap water without filtering. Better buy drinking water or mineral water in a store. Many people use water taken from artesian bore holes, from the depth of 300 m underground. The springs of artesian water are scattered all over big cities. Usually, they are fenced, sheltered and have water characteristics. This water is cleaner than tap water, but it also should be boiled before drinking.
In spite of common view in Western newspapers that Ukrainian Mafia is everywhere and watching you and that streets of Ukrainian cities are dangerous for foreign tourists, this is not true. In fact, streets of any city in Ukraine are much safer than streets of NEW YORK, Los-Angeles or Chicago. You can freely walk downtown at night. Try not to attract attention, do not carry a lot of money, do not use ATMs in the streets late at night, watch your baggage and your own pocket when using public transport. Do not take a taxi if there are already several passengers in it. Follow a principle of good sense and your stay in Ukraine will be pleasant and safe.
It depends on the time of year that you travel, but generally the weather and temperatures in Odessa will be about the same as many cities in Europe.
In both spring and autumn, you will need to bring some warm clothes. Expect daytime temperatures to be in the mid 50s-60s, and the night temperatures to drop into the low 40s or even 30s on occasion.
In wintertime, the coldest days hover around 32. However, snowfall is minimal so heavy snow boots are not needed.
Summertime weather is usually fantastic, with daytime temperatures in the upper / mid 80s to lower 70s, and night time temperatures in the mid 70s.
Weather considerations aside, be yourself and be comfortable. Bring a mixture of both casual clothes for daytime and clothes you would normally wear out on a date. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to dress, so relax and wear what you want.
Electricity in Ukraine is 220 Volts, 50 Hz AC. You will need an Eastern European plug adapter (with round pins) to plug into electric sockets. Adapter kits can be purchased at Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, K-Mart and luggage stores.
American electrical appliances will also require a "step down" converter that adjusts the electricity from Ukraine's 220V down to 110V.
Note: Most new video camera Battery Chargers and laptop computer adapters can be plugged into 220V or 110V sockets. Consult your Operating Manual for details for your camera and computer model.
Check with the airlines since many are modifying their baggage allowances. NOTE: We recommend that your carry-on bag contain a full change of dress clothing and toiletries. In the unlikely event that your check-in luggage doesn't arrive with you, you will need clothes for your first contacts. Occasionally, one of our clients has a problem with his luggage arriving late. This is normal for all international airlines, and luggage is usually delivered within the following 24 hours. If this happens, we will work to expedite the return of your luggage.
If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Info@odessarents.com and we hope you will enjoy your trip to Odessa and we look forward to meeting.