Sightseeing in Ukraine
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
- 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.
- KievUkraine provides information on shopping in Kiev.
- Tourism Organizations
Information portal on tourism in Ukraine
National tourism organization (website in Ukrainian)
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).
- 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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Poltava is a city located in the center of Ukraine. And unlike Kiev, it still managed to preserve some of its original beauty.
Alex Kravchenko , Consultant on 26 Dec 2012 related to Sightseeing in Ukraine