As of January 1, 2022, the population of Ukraine is 41,1 million people, according to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine (data does not include the temporarily occupied Crimea). That makes Ukraine the 7th largest European country and 35th in the world by population. This number could, though, be different due to the ongoing war and the fact that millions of Ukrainians had to flee from war and seek temporary shelter abroad.
Up to 70% of Ukrainian people live within urban areas. The largest cities are Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Dnipro, and Donetsk. Around 3 million people live in the capital city of Kyiv, which can be compared, for example, to the population of Lithuania.
The population of Ukraine is very diverse — over 100 different nations live here. Therefore, many cultures, traditions, and roots coexist and complement each other. The largest national communities in the country include Moldovans, Crimean Tatars, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Belarusians, Romanians, Poles, Jews, Greeks and others.
Ukrainians also have a large number of national communities abroad. According to the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), over 20 million Ukrainians live in more than 60 countries across the globe, with the largest communities in Canada, the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Moldova, and Kazakhstan.
Now, after a full-scale Russian invasion, more Ukrainian people are forced to leave their home and their country in search of safety. The UN Refugee Agency reports about almost six million individual refugees from Ukraine recorded across Europe as of July 19, 2022. According to the International Organization for Migration, 6.2 million people also remained internally displaced in June 2022.