Located on the northern coast of the Black Sea, Ukraine, in many ways, is the dividing point between the east and the west. Here are some quick facts:
- Population: 45.49 million
- Size: Slightly smaller than Texas, largest country entirely within Europe
- Languages: Ukrainian (official) & Russian
- Religion: Eastern Orthodoxy, Greek Catholic
- Capital: Kiev
- Known as the "bread basket" of the former Soviet Union with some of the world's richest soil.
- Official independence was gained in 1991