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  • Guide to Ukraine
    helpful information for foreign visitors
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  • Table of Contents
    Ukraine:
    Kiev, the capital:
    • General information
    • Arriving in Kiev
    • Top hotels
    • Public transport
    • Restaurants
    • Sightseeing
    • Mailing and calling
    • Car rental
    • Foreign embassies
    • General information
    • Time zone
    • Public holidays
    • Political system
    • Banking system
    • Education in Ukraine
    • IT outsourcing
    • Visas and customs
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  • Ukraine: General information
    • Second-largest country in Europe after Russia
    • Population: 45.7 million (2009 est.)
    • Workforce: 23 million (2009 est.)
    • Situated in the heart of Europe:
    • strategic position between Europe and Asia on the intersection of major transport and trade routes
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  • Ukraine: Time zone
    • Ukrainian time zone is GMT +2 hours
    • Time difference between Ukraine and other countries has become a significant advantage for IT outsourcing
    • Ukrainian time zone also provides effective use of proximity to Western European countries:
    • air flights to major European capitals take from 1 to 4 hours
    Table 1.1: Time difference between Ukraine and other locations
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  • Ukraine: Public holidays
    Calendar 2010: Public Holidays in Ukraine
    • Ukraine’s public holidays in 2010:
    • January 1 – New Year’s Day
    • January 7 – Orthodox Christmas Day
    • March 8 – International Women’s Day
    • April 4 – Orthodox Easter
    • May 1-2 – International Labor
    • May 9 – Victory Day
    • May 23 – Orthodox Pentecost
    • June 28 – Constitution Day
    • August 24 – Ukrainian Independence Day
    * In red – public holidays and the days off transferred to Mondays or Tuesdays.
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  • Ukraine: Political system
    • The powers of the government of Ukraine are specified by the Constitution of Ukraine and are divided into three branches:
    The legislative – the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council of Ukraine):
    • consists of 450 peoples’ deputies who are elected for a term of 4 years
    • the majority of seats in Verkhovna Rada are held by:
    The executive – the Cabinet of Ministers:
    • responsible to the President of Ukraine
    The judicial – the Supreme Court of Ukraine
    and
    Party of Regions
    Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc
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  • Ukraine: Banking system
    • TheUkrainian banking system is a two-tier structure consisting of the:
    National Bank of Ukraine
    Commercial banks of various types and forms of ownership, including:
    • the state-owned Export-Import Bank
    • specialized commercial Savings Bank
    • As of January 1, 1998, the banking system of Ukraine has transferred to the international accounting and statistics standards
    • The official currency of Ukraine is Hryvnia
    Table 2.1: Popular currency exchange rates (as of April 6, 2010)
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  • Ukraine: Education
    • Ranked 32nd in Education on the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index of 104 countries
    • About 70% of adult population have secondary or higher education
    • Nearly 60% of Ukrainian universities have graduates with majors in physics, mathematics and programming
    Table 3.1: Sources of IT Employees in Ukraine
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  • Ukraine: IT outsourcing
    • Ukraine has become an attractive outsourcing destination for many companies around the world, due to :
    • growing pool of qualified human resources
    • European mentality
    • competitive outsourcing rates
    • Outsourcing accounts for more than 70% of software development work in UA
    • Steady growth of IT outsourcing market in the past 5 years
    • Ranked 4th after Russia with almost 40% growth and over $3.4 billion in volume in 2007
    • The highest IT industry growth rate among CEE countries in 2007
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  • Ukraine: Visas and customs
    • The citizens of the following countries can enter Ukraine visa-free and stay up to 90 days:
    • the countries of EU, Andorra, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Mongolia, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the USA, Vatican, and the countries of the CIS
    • What you can import free of customs duties and taxes:
    goods valued less than €200
    200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
    1 liter of hard alcohol
    food products valued no more than €50
    2 liters of wine
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  • Kiev: General information
    • Kiev (also spelled «Kyiv») is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine located on the Dnieper River
    • Population: 2.8 million (2009 est.)
    • Ethnic composition of inhabitants:
    • Ukrainians (70%)
    • Russians (20%)
    • others (10%)
    Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
    • Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural centre of Eastern Europe
    • Has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro (subway)
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  • Kiev: Arriving in Kiev
    • Kiev offers four main ways of arrival:
    By plane – arrival to Boryspil State International Airport
    • located 34km east of Kiev
    • taxi to the city center: 30-45 minute ride costing about 150-200 UAH (20-25 USD)
    2. By train – arrival to the Kiev Central Railway Station
    • located on the edge of the city center
    • taxi to the city center: 5-10 minute ride costing about 50 UAH (6-7 USD)
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  • Kiev: Arriving in Kiev
    3. By bus – arrival to the Kiev Central Bus Station
    • taxi to the city center: 10-15 minute ride costing around 50 UAH (6-7 USD)
    4. By car
    • foreign cars are allowed to stay on Ukrainian territory for no more than 2 months
    • automobile insurance is obligatory in Ukraine
    • it is advised to purchase green car insurance valid for Ukraine in your home country
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  • Kiev: Top hotels
    • On arriving to Kiev you will need a place to stay. Check some of Kiev’s best hotels:
    1. Premier Palace
    Service level: 5*
    Price (single/day): €278-325
    Phone: (+30 44) 537 4501
    E-mail: reservation@premier-palace.com
    URL: www.premier-palace.com
    2. Radisson SAS
    Service level: 4*
    Price (single/day): €360
    Phone: (+30 44) 492 2200
    E-mail: reservations.kiev@radissonsas.com
    URL: www.kiev.radissonsas.com
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  • Kiev: Top hotels
    3. Riviera Hotel
    Service level: 4*
    Price (single/day): €214-263
    Phone: (+30 44) 581 2828
    E-mail: reservation@rivierahotel.com.ua
    URL: www.rivierahotel.com.ua
    4. Khreschatyk Hotel
    Service level: 3*
    Price (single/day): €76-80
    Phone: (+30 44) 229 7193
    E-mail: reservation@khreschatik.kiev.ua
    URL: www.khreschatik.kiev.ua
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  • Kiev: Public transport
    • Kiev offers a variety of public transportation means to get you around the city:
    Metro (subway)
    • most popular transport in Kiev (timeliness, speed and convenience)
    • cost of one trip is 1.70 UAH
    2. Trolleybuses, trams and buses
    • not very fast and reliable due to traffic jams
    • cost per one trip is 1.50 UAH
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  • Kiev: Public transport
    • Kiev offers a variety of public transportation means to get you around the city:
    3. Marshrutkas
    • the most popular surface means of transport (speed and frequency)
    • cost per one trip ranges from 2 to 3 UAH
    2. Funicular
    • functions since 1905
    • offers a spectacular panorama of the Dnieper River
    • cost of one trip is 1.50 UAH
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  • Kiev: Restaurants
    • Restaurants in Kiev offer cuisines nearly fromall corners of the world:
    • Japanese sushi
    • Italian pizza
    • Mexican Chili Diablo
    • Caucasian shashliks
    • German schnitzels
    • Russian pelmeni
    • Ukrainian varenyky
    • and more…
    • Most of Kiev’s eating places will offer priceslower than in other European cities
    • Rewarding waiters in Kiev’s restaurants is up to you, yet, most visitors leave around 10% of their bill as tips
    • Some restaurants include a service charge of 5-10%, so reading bills or asking a waiter will be helpful
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  • Kiev: Sightseeing
    • Kiev belongs to one of the most spectacular sightseeing places in Europe
    • Take your time to see Kiev’s famous:
    • gold-domed churches and cathedrals
    • magnificent sanctuaries
    • ancient caves
    • museums and historical monuments
    • Kiev has the highest number of square kilometers occupied by park zones in Europe
    • Don't forget to take some unique souvenirs back home – the city’s famous Andriivskyi Uzviz offers a wide selection of beautiful reminders of Kiev
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  • Kiev: Mailing and calling
    • Mail and phone services in Ukraine are lower in cost than those in Europe
    • Post and Internet – Kiev Central Post Office
    • located in the very city center
    • all types of mail – letters, packages, faxes, telegrams
    • rich selection of postcards and stationary
    • 24-hour Internet café
    • Mobile phones
    • most popular means of phone connection in Ukraine (cheapness and reliability)
    • main mobile service operators in Ukraine (country-wide presence, roaming service):
    Beeline
    MTS
    KyivStar
    life:)
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  • Kiev: Car rental
    • According to Ukrainian law, to drive a car foreign drivers should have:
    • International Driving License in addition to the license from the home country
    • medical certificate confirming ability to drive a car
    • Car rentals usually request the renter to have driving license and passport valid in Ukraine
    • Kiev offers a wide selection of car rental agencies. Some of them:
    Europcar
    Hertz
    SIXT
    www.europcar.ua
    www.hertz.ua
    www.sixt.ua
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  • Kiev: Foreign embassies
    • More than 60 states have their embassies in Ukraine
    • The below table shows the selected embassies of foreign countries in Ukraine and their contact information in Kiev:
    Table 4.1: Foreign Embassies in Kiev
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  • Thank you!
    For more information about Ukraine, visit www.software-outsourcing-ukraine.com
    Questions?->info@softheme.com
    2010 | Softheme Team | Kyiv, Ukraine | Software Outsourcing Solutions
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