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Ukraine covers an area of 603.500 square kilometres, and its government is
Unitary semi-presidential republic. Here are around 43.000.000 citizens of
which 93% are Christians and 6% have no religion. The currency is Ukrainian
hryvnia (UAH), worth 0,26 Danish Krone. The GDP is US$87 billion.
The climate is mostly a temperate climate, with the
exception of the southern coast of Crimea which has a subtropical climate.
Ukraine is divided into two main zoological areas. The west of the country
is made up of the borderlands of Europe, where there are species typical of
mixed forests, while eastern Ukraine is where steppe-dwelling species
thrive. Among the larger mammals, I find the Wild horse (Equus ferus),
the Wisent (Bison bonasus) and the Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica)
the most interesting.
The area of natural vegetation occupies about 30 % of Ukraine's territory,
of which 14% is forested, 3% is highlands, 8 % swampland. Most forests are
in the Carpathians and Polissia, of which I will pass through both.
Ukraine has mostly coniferous and deciduous trees (pine, oak, fir, beech and
birch). Plantations of valuable species (oak and beech) are increasing,
while plantations of little-used trees such as hornbeam and aspen are
diminishing. The wealth of the forest includes not only timber, but also,
berries, mushrooms and medicinal herbs.
Well, none yet, but one day, I will drive through...