With a total area of 603,648 square kilometres (or 233,030 square miles), Ukraine is the largest country, located entirely in Europe. It extends for 1,316 km (817 miles) from west to east and 893 km (554 miles) from north to south. 

Ukraine is two times bigger than Italy, four times bigger than Greece, and 14 times bigger than the Netherlands. In fact, one of the points, considered a geographical centre of Europe, is located near Dilove village (Zakarpattia region) in Ukraine. 

The total length of the Ukrainian border is 6,992 kilometres (or 4,344 miles), which can be compared, for example, to the distance between Washington, D.C., USA and Berlin, Germany. Ukraine shares its borders with seven other countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Russia, and Belarus. 

Within Ukrainian borders lies a distinct and diverse nature with forests, meadows, steppes, a small desert, and a coastline – Ukraine has wide access to the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Two mountain ranges, the Carpathian Mountains and the Crimean Mountains, take up to 5% of the territory.

The variety of Ukrainian landscapes and cities
Video: Nazar Dorosh

But mostly, the Ukrainian landscape consists of plains. Large areas with very fertile black soil – chornozem – provide favourable conditions for agriculture. Ukraine became known as the guarantor of food security, as each year it exports a large amount of wheat, rye, barley, sunflower, and other grain and oil crops.

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