Ukraine is a state in East-Central Europe, bounded on the north by Belarus (952 km), on the northeast by the Russian Federation (2,484 km), on the west by Poland (542 km) and Slovakia (98 km), and on the southwest by Hungary (135 km), Romania (608 km), and Moldova (1,194 km). The state border extends for a total of 7,698 km, and the length of Ukraine's sea coast is 1,758 km Total area: 603,700 sq.km. Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe. It is divided into 24 regions (oblasts) and an Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The country has an access to the Black Sea and the Azov Sea and two mountainsides: the Ukrainian Carpathians in the West and the Crimean Mountains in the South. The Metamorphosis Design : 2010
As of 1 May 2009, Ukraine's population amounted to 46,06 mn people. The capital (and the country's biggest) city is Kyiv (4.1 mn people). Ukraine's GDP is USD 120 bn (2009 expert estimate), PPP is USD 6,460. In the new 2009 Human Development Report, Ukraine's human development index (HDI) value based on 2007 data is 0.796 — in the medium human development range — positioning the country at 85 out of 182 countries and territories.
In 2007 relative to 2006, Ukraine's ranking went one place down and 7 places down between 2006 and 2005 (in 2005 – Ukraine's HDI rank was 78 out of 177 countries) - with its HDI comparable to Azerbaijan (86), Thailand (87), Iran (88) and Armenia (84) within the same medium human development range of countries. Having celebrated the eighteenth anniversary of independence in 2009, Ukraine appeared as a country with a greater sense of freedom and a stronger feeling of national identity. Among the countries of the former Soviet Union, Ukraine firmly stands out in its commitment to European values, pluralism, freedom of speech and vigour of various non-governmental actors. However, this progress remains delicate and needs to be consolidated. Ukraine pursues numerous democratic governance reforms and changes. The country reaffirmed its European Choice, and embarked on a course towards further international economic integration.
Ukrainian educational system provides high quality services. That is proven by the success of Ukrainian professionals working all over the world, acclaimed as perfectly educated, creative and effective. Studies in Ukraine cost much less than in most European countries and cost of living is much lower.