Sightseeing in Ukraine

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

There are many castles and fortresses from the Middle Ages to visit in western Ukraine.
Many festivals enliven Ukraine's cultural life.
There are numerous sites in the country that are recognized by the UNESCO.
Ukraine is the cradle of  the Orthodox religion.
The thermal towns are Truskavet, Morshyn et Skhidnytsia.
Ukraine's most beautiful beaches are in the Crimea.
Winter Sports
Ukraine's winter tourism is concentrated in the Carpathian mountains.
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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
The Ukraine is rather politically stable. It has a degree of political freedom which is higher than a good number of ex-USSR countries.
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
There are governmental restrictions on the media.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 90/175
Evolution: 3 places down compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
The internet is the most free media in the Ukraine.
Freedom of Assembly
The freedom of association is not completely won. Some companies encounter difficulties in getting registered due to the objects they pursue.
Rule of Law
Ukraine is largely ruled by law; however certain degree of crime and governmental restrictions on media exist in the country. Corruption is widespread in Ukraine, especially it exists at all levels in government departments.
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Individual rights are generally well respected, even though there are problems in certain sensitive areas (media, political).
Women's Condition
There are "conventional" discriminations against the women: they are under-paid (from 50% to 75% of the men's salary in similar positions), under-represented in the "male" spheres (economy and politics) and over-represented in the "female" spheres (health and education).

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Degree of Freedom
Religious freedom is guaranteed by the constitution and by the 1991 law on freedom of conscience. Overall, religious freedom is respected in the Ukraine.
Orthodox: 83,7% (Kyiv Patriarchate: 50,4%, Moscow Patriarcate: 26,1%, Autocephalous Orthodox: 7,2%), Ukrainian Greek Catholic: 8%, Roman Catholic 2,2%, Protestant: 2,2%, Jewish: 0,6%, Other: 3,3%.
Role of Religion in Society
Religion plays a big role, not only morally but also socially and sometimes politically. The orthodox church is therefore linked to power and Islam has a certain amount of importance in Crimea.

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