Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 17 interesting facts about Kiev!
- Kiev (also known as Kyiv) is the capital city of Ukraine.
- 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!).
- The total land area of Kiev is 324 square miles (839 square kilometres)…
- …that’s roughly 1.5 times the size of Leeds.
- Kiev’s population was 2,942,000 in 2015…
- …that’s almost 4 times the population of Leeds…
- …and gives it a population density of around 9,080 residents per square mile!
- Kiev is located 587 ft above sea level.
- Residents of Kiev are known as Ukrainians.
- 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!
- Looking to fly yourself to Kiev? You’ll need the coordinates of 50.4500° N, 30.5233° E.
- 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!
- 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!
- The official language of Kiev is Ukrainian.
- Although Kiev wasn’t founded until 482 AD, there has been archaeological evidence of large scale human settlements here dating back to 4300 BC!
- Ukrainian Hryvnia is the official currency here.
- 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!