Ukraine people.Ukrainian nation. Several years ago a Ukrainian television station ran the slogan, "We are 52 Million!" Perhaps it intended to demonstrate that Ukraine is an independent and prospering state with vast territory and a growing population.
Alas... According to the All-Ukrainian Population Census 2001 , the actual population figure of Ukraine as of 5 December, 2001 accounted for 48,457,000 people. That means that during the past 10 to 12 years, the population of Ukraine actually decreased by more than 3 million people.
There are many reasons which can be listed as causing the population drop in Ukraine. With both optimistic and pessimistic prognoses made by experts in demography, only time will tell which analysis will be realized.
One fact that nobody can doubt is that once again, Ukraine is experiencing a new and difficult period of its turbulent history.For a period of more than 700 years, beginning with the Tatar-Mongol invasion in the early 13th century, Ukraine people went through extremely difficult periods of their history .
Because of the challenges they have been historically faced, Ukrainian people are survivors. During more than seven centuries, Ukraine's neighbors have always considered that this country has too many Ukrainians in it. Ukrainians deserve respect for managing to survive so well under such conditions. How did they manage to do it?
After the collapse of the Soviet system, the rules of life had suddenly and dramatically been changed. Many Ukraine people have been plunged into poverty since then; older people have been hit the hardest. Most people in Ukraine have hope that "tomorrow will be better than today". While Ukrainians look to the future, they are still prepared for tough and uncertain times, because they had good "training" during those 700 years.
Since time immemorial, Ukrainian people have been known as kind-hearted, friendly, hospitable and well-wishing hard-workers. They are emotional and tend to be open to anything that claims to bring balance and stability in their life. This includes everything such as Christianity and eastern religions, horoscopes and fortune-telling and even alcoholism and narcotics.
It is a sad but unavoidable situation. People need stability in their lives and everybody tries to look for it in his own way. That's why Ukraine has experienced such a large-scale emigration of workers.
There are only 37-million native Ukrainians living in Ukraine. Another 20-million Ukrainians live in 46 different countries of the world. The largest Ukrainian community outside of Ukraine is in neighboring Russia where about 3 million ethnic Ukrainians live.
There are also almost 2-million Ukrainians living in North America. With approximately 890,000 in the United States and 1 million in Canada. A large number of Ukrainians also live in Brazil about 550,000, Kazakhstan about 500,000, Moldova 450,000, Poland 300,000, Belarus 250, 000, Slovakia 200,000 and Argentina 100,000. There are also Ukrainian Diasporas in Germany, Portugal, Romania, Latvia and former the Yugoslavia.
Ukraine has always had an educated work force and been rich in human talents. However, many specialists no longer work in the field for which they were trained.
Here is a short list of famous Ukraine people who have brought significant contribution to the world. All of them are either ethnic Ukrainians, or were born, lived and worked in Ukraine.
Country facts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook.
The city of Kharkov has always been considered a major cultural, educational, scientific, transport and industrial center of Ukraine.