Communications in Ukraine

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
The Constitution protects minority languages, especially Russian which is spoken in the center, south and in the east of the country. Indeed, Russian speaking people are the most significant national minority in Ukraine (22%). Otherwise, the administration only uses Ukrainian. However, the majority of civil servants are bilingual, even if some of them prefer using Russian. In Crimea, the language spoken is Tatar. It is highly recommended to speak only Ukrainian in the western part of the country.
Business Language
Russian remains the language of business except in the west of the country. Although there are more and more people with some knowledge of English, an interpreter is often required.
Getting Some Knowledge
Linguashop: Language learning software website.
Free Translation Tools
Ukrainian Linguistic Resources on line : English-Ukrainian-English Dictionary
On-line translator "Multitran" : Translation of text and web pages
Translator "Travlang" : Typical phrases in Ukrainian
On-line translator "PROMPT" : Translation of text

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Quality of Communications
The mobile telephone network coverage is uniform. The big towns are covered quite well, the rural areas are less well covered and certain areas are not covered at all.
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Ukraine, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in Ukraine, Dial +380
Mobile Telephone Standards
GSM - 900, GSM – 1800, G3.
National Mobile Phone Operators
Kyivstar (in Ukranian), MTS, Life, Beeline, etc.

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
Access in Public Places
Internet cafes are numerous and cheap, especially in the big cities.
Access in Hotels
Practically all hotels of a certain standard, offer internet access in the big cities. One should check at the reception or when booking.  Wifi is developing rapidly.

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