18 Key Facts About Kiev

Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 18 facts about Kiev!

Geographical stats…

  1. Kiev (also known as Kyiv) is the capital city of Ukraine.
  2. Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Key-ev (or Keev in the case of Kyiv – confused? Just stick to Key-ev!).
  3. The total land area of Kiev is 324 square miles (839 square kilometres)…
  4. …that’s roughly 1.5 times the size of Leeds.
  5. Kiev’s population was 2,942,000 in 2015…
  6. …that’s almost 4 times the population of Leeds…
  7. …and gives it a population density of around 9,080 residents per square mile!
  8. Kiev is located 587 ft above sea level.
  9. Residents of Kiev are known as Ukrainians.
  10. Ukrainians living in Kiev enjoy a humid continental climate with high seasonal temperature variation and an average annual temperature of just 8.4°C. In fact, the highest temperature ever recorded in Kiev was a dizzying 39.4°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded was a bone-rattling -32.2°C!
  11. Looking to fly yourself to Kiev? You’ll need the coordinates of 50.4500° N, 30.5233° E.
  12. Make sure you visit Arsenalna Metro Station if you’re in Kiev; opened in 1960, it’s still the deepest metro station in the world at a mind boggling 346 feet underground! We’re not sure about you, but we can’t stop thinking about The Jam’s hit from 1982 when we imagine this underground station!
  13. Founded way back in 482 AD, Kiev has a rich history and was once a walled city; in fact, one of the 11th century gates into the city still stands and is a popular tourist attraction!

Social intricacies

  1. The official language of Kiev is Ukrainian.
  2. Although Kiev wasn’t founded until 482 AD, there has been archaeological evidence of large scale human settlements here dating back to 4300 BC!
  3. Ukrainian Hryvnia is the official currency here.
  4. Ukraine welcomed 24,671,000 tourists into the country in 2013, many of whom visited Kiev for its vast history, luscious green parks and fascinating architecture!

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Kiev? You can make cheap calls to Kiev with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00380.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Kiev, head over to the Kyiv Post website.

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