Guide to Ukraine<br />helpful information for foreign visitors<br />www.softheme.com<br />
Table of Contents<br />Ukraine:<br />Kiev, the capital:<br /><ul><li> 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</li></ul>www.softheme.com     Outsourcing to Softheme™    Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for for...
Ukraine: General information<br /><ul><li>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</li></ul>www.softheme.c...
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  1. 1. Guide to Ukraine<br />helpful information for foreign visitors<br />www.softheme.com<br />
  2. 2. Table of Contents<br />Ukraine:<br />Kiev, the capital:<br /><ul><li> General information
  3. 3. Arriving in Kiev
  4. 4. Top hotels
  5. 5. Public transport
  6. 6. Restaurants
  7. 7. Sightseeing
  8. 8. Mailing and calling
  9. 9. Car rental
  10. 10. Foreign embassies
  11. 11. General information
  12. 12. Time zone
  13. 13. Public holidays
  14. 14. Political system
  15. 15. Banking system
  16. 16. Education in Ukraine
  17. 17. IT outsourcing
  18. 18. Visas and customs</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  19. 19. Ukraine: General information<br /><ul><li>Second-largest country in Europe after Russia
  20. 20. Population: 45.7 million (2009 est.)
  21. 21. Workforce: 23 million (2009 est.)
  22. 22. Situated in the heart of Europe:
  23. 23. strategic position between Europe and Asia on the intersection of major transport and trade routes</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  24. 24. Ukraine: Time zone<br /><ul><li>Ukrainian time zone is GMT +2 hours
  25. 25. Time difference between Ukraine and other countries has become a significant advantage for IT outsourcing
  26. 26. Ukrainian time zone also provides effective use of proximity to Western European countries:
  27. 27. air flights to major European capitals take from 1 to 4 hours</li></ul>Table 1.1: Time difference between Ukraine and other locations<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  28. 28. Ukraine: Public holidays<br />Calendar 2010: Public Holidays in Ukraine<br /><ul><li>Ukraine’s public holidays in 2010:
  29. 29. January 1 – New Year’s Day
  30. 30. January 7 – Orthodox Christmas Day
  31. 31. March 8 – International Women’s Day
  32. 32. April 4 – Orthodox Easter
  33. 33. May 1-2 – International Labor
  34. 34. May 9 – Victory Day
  35. 35. May 23 – Orthodox Pentecost
  36. 36. June 28 – Constitution Day
  37. 37. August 24 – Ukrainian Independence Day</li></ul>* In red – public holidays and the days off transferred to Mondays or Tuesdays.<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  38. 38. Ukraine: Political system<br /><ul><li>The powers of the government of Ukraine are specified by the Constitution of Ukraine and are divided into three branches:</li></ul>The legislative – the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council of Ukraine):<br /><ul><li>consists of 450 peoples’ deputies who are elected for a term of 4 years
  39. 39. the majority of seats in Verkhovna Rada are held by:</li></ul>The executive – the Cabinet of Ministers:<br /><ul><li>responsible to the President of Ukraine</li></ul>The judicial – the Supreme Court of Ukraine<br />and<br />Party of Regions<br />Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  40. 40. Ukraine: Banking system<br /><ul><li>TheUkrainian banking system is a two-tier structure consisting of the:</li></ul>National Bank of Ukraine<br />Commercial banks of various types and forms of ownership, including:<br /><ul><li>the state-owned Export-Import Bank
  41. 41. specialized commercial Savings Bank
  42. 42. As of January 1, 1998, the banking system of Ukraine has transferred to the international accounting and statistics standards
  43. 43. The official currency of Ukraine is Hryvnia</li></ul>Table 2.1: Popular currency exchange rates (as of April 6, 2010)<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  44. 44. Ukraine: Education<br /><ul><li>Ranked 32nd in Education on the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index of 104 countries
  45. 45. About 70% of adult population have secondary or higher education
  46. 46. Nearly 60% of Ukrainian universities have graduates with majors in physics, mathematics and programming</li></ul>Table 3.1: Sources of IT Employees in Ukraine<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  47. 47. Ukraine: IT outsourcing<br /><ul><li>Ukraine has become an attractive outsourcing destination for many companies around the world, due to :
  48. 48. growing pool of qualified human resources
  49. 49. European mentality
  50. 50. competitive outsourcing rates
  51. 51. Outsourcing accounts for more than 70% of software development work in UA
  52. 52. Steady growth of IT outsourcing market in the past 5 years
  53. 53. Ranked 4th after Russia with almost 40% growth and over $3.4 billion in volume in 2007
  54. 54. The highest IT industry growth rate among CEE countries in 2007</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  55. 55. Ukraine: Visas and customs<br /><ul><li>The citizens of the following countries can enter Ukraine visa-free and stay up to 90 days:
  56. 56. the countries of EU, Andorra, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Mongolia, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the USA, Vatican, and the countries of the CIS
  57. 57. What you can import free of customs duties and taxes:</li></ul>goods valued less than €200<br />200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco<br />1 liter of hard alcohol<br />food products valued no more than €50<br />2 liters of wine<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  58. 58. Kiev: General information<br /><ul><li>Kiev (also spelled «Kyiv») is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine located on the Dnieper River
  59. 59. Population: 2.8 million (2009 est.)
  60. 60. Ethnic composition of inhabitants:
  61. 61. Ukrainians (70%)
  62. 62. Russians (20%)
  63. 63. others (10%)</li></ul>Kiev-Pechersk Lavra<br /><ul><li>Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural centre of Eastern Europe
  64. 64. Has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro (subway)</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  65. 65. Kiev: Arriving in Kiev<br /><ul><li>Kiev offers four main ways of arrival:</li></ul>By plane – arrival to Boryspil State International Airport<br /><ul><li>located 34km east of Kiev
  66. 66. taxi to the city center: 30-45 minute ride costing about 150-200 UAH (20-25 USD)</li></ul>2. By train – arrival to the Kiev Central Railway Station<br /><ul><li>located on the edge of the city center
  67. 67. taxi to the city center: 5-10 minute ride costing about 50 UAH (6-7 USD)</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  68. 68. Kiev: Arriving in Kiev<br />3. By bus – arrival to the Kiev Central Bus Station<br /><ul><li>taxi to the city center: 10-15 minute ride costing around 50 UAH (6-7 USD)</li></ul>4. By car<br /><ul><li>foreign cars are allowed to stay on Ukrainian territory for no more than 2 months
  69. 69. automobile insurance is obligatory in Ukraine
  70. 70. it is advised to purchase green car insurance valid for Ukraine in your home country</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  71. 71. Kiev: Top hotels<br /><ul><li>On arriving to Kiev you will need a place to stay. Check some of Kiev’s best hotels:</li></ul>1. Premier Palace<br />Service level: 5*<br />Price (single/day): €278-325<br />Phone: (+30 44) 537 4501<br />E-mail: reservation@premier-palace.com<br />URL: www.premier-palace.com<br />2. Radisson SAS<br />Service level: 4*<br />Price (single/day): €360<br />Phone: (+30 44) 492 2200<br />E-mail: reservations.kiev@radissonsas.com<br />URL: www.kiev.radissonsas.com<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  72. 72. Kiev: Top hotels<br />3. Riviera Hotel<br />Service level: 4*<br />Price (single/day): €214-263<br />Phone: (+30 44) 581 2828<br />E-mail: reservation@rivierahotel.com.ua<br />URL: www.rivierahotel.com.ua<br />4. Khreschatyk Hotel<br />Service level: 3*<br />Price (single/day): €76-80<br />Phone: (+30 44) 229 7193<br />E-mail: reservation@khreschatik.kiev.ua<br />URL: www.khreschatik.kiev.ua<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  73. 73. Kiev: Public transport<br /><ul><li>Kiev offers a variety of public transportation means to get you around the city:</li></ul>Metro (subway)<br /><ul><li>most popular transport in Kiev (timeliness, speed and convenience)
  74. 74. cost of one trip is 1.70 UAH</li></ul>2. Trolleybuses, trams and buses<br /><ul><li>not very fast and reliable due to traffic jams
  75. 75. cost per one trip is 1.50 UAH</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  76. 76. Kiev: Public transport<br /><ul><li>Kiev offers a variety of public transportation means to get you around the city:</li></ul>3. Marshrutkas<br /><ul><li>the most popular surface means of transport (speed and frequency)
  77. 77. cost per one trip ranges from 2 to 3 UAH</li></ul>2. Funicular<br /><ul><li>functions since 1905
  78. 78. offers a spectacular panorama of the Dnieper River
  79. 79. cost of one trip is 1.50 UAH</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  80. 80. Kiev: Restaurants<br /><ul><li>Restaurants in Kiev offer cuisines nearly fromall corners of the world:
  81. 81. Japanese sushi
  82. 82. Italian pizza
  83. 83. Mexican Chili Diablo
  84. 84. Caucasian shashliks
  85. 85. German schnitzels
  86. 86. Russian pelmeni
  87. 87. Ukrainian varenyky
  88. 88. and more…
  89. 89. Most of Kiev’s eating places will offer priceslower than in other European cities
  90. 90. Rewarding waiters in Kiev’s restaurants is up to you, yet, most visitors leave around 10% of their bill as tips
  91. 91. Some restaurants include a service charge of 5-10%, so reading bills or asking a waiter will be helpful</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  92. 92. Kiev: Sightseeing<br /><ul><li>Kiev belongs to one of the most spectacular sightseeing places in Europe
  93. 93. Take your time to see Kiev’s famous:
  94. 94. gold-domed churches and cathedrals
  95. 95. magnificent sanctuaries
  96. 96. ancient caves
  97. 97. museums and historical monuments
  98. 98. Kiev has the highest number of square kilometers occupied by park zones in Europe
  99. 99. 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</li></ul>www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  100. 100. Kiev: Mailing and calling<br /><ul><li>Mail and phone services in Ukraine are lower in cost than those in Europe
  101. 101. Post and Internet – Kiev Central Post Office
  102. 102. located in the very city center
  103. 103. all types of mail – letters, packages, faxes, telegrams
  104. 104. rich selection of postcards and stationary
  105. 105. 24-hour Internet café
  106. 106. Mobile phones
  107. 107. most popular means of phone connection in Ukraine (cheapness and reliability)
  108. 108. main mobile service operators in Ukraine (country-wide presence, roaming service):</li></ul>Beeline<br />MTS<br />KyivStar<br />life:)<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  109. 109. Kiev: Car rental<br /><ul><li>According to Ukrainian law, to drive a car foreign drivers should have:
  110. 110. International Driving License in addition to the license from the home country
  111. 111. medical certificate confirming ability to drive a car
  112. 112. Car rentals usually request the renter to have driving license and passport valid in Ukraine
  113. 113. Kiev offers a wide selection of car rental agencies. Some of them:</li></ul>Europcar<br />Hertz<br />SIXT<br />www.europcar.ua<br />www.hertz.ua<br />www.sixt.ua<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  114. 114. Kiev: Foreign embassies<br /><ul><li>More than 60 states have their embassies in Ukraine
  115. 115. The below table shows the selected embassies of foreign countries in Ukraine and their contact information in Kiev:</li></ul>Table 4.1: Foreign Embassies in Kiev<br />www.softheme.com Outsourcing to Softheme™ Guide to Ukraine: helpful information for foreign visitors<br />
  116. 116. Thank you!<br />For more information about Ukraine, visit www.software-outsourcing-ukraine.com<br />Questions?->info@softheme.com<br />2010 | Softheme Team | Kyiv, Ukraine | Software Outsourcing Solutions<br />www.softheme.com»Outsourcing to Softheme™<br />
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