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Kiev (/ˈkiːɛf, -ɛv/) or Kyiv (Ukrainian: Київ [ˈkɪjiu̯] ; Russian: Киев [ˈkʲiɪf]) is the capital and largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. The population in July 2015 was 2,887,974 (though higher estimated numbers have been cited in the press), making Kiev the 8th most populous city in Europe. Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational, and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro. The city's name is said to derive from the name of Kyi, one of its four legendary founders (see Name, below). During its history, Kiev, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, passed through several stages of great prominence and relative obscurity. The city probably existed as a commercial centre as early as the 5th century. A Slavic settlement on the great trade route between Scandinavia and Constantinople, Kiev was a tributary of the Khazars, until seized by the Varangians (Vikings) in the mid-9th century. Under Varangian rule, the city became a capital of the Kievan Rus', the first East Slavic state. Completely destroyed during the Mongol invasion in 1240, the city lost most of its influence for the centuries to come. It was a provincial capital of marginal importance in the outskirts of the territories controlled by its powerful neighbours; first the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, followed by Poland and Russia. The city prospered again during the Russian Empire's Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century. In 1917, after the Ukrainian National Republic declared independence from the Russian Empire, Kiev became its capital. From 1919 Kiev was an important center of the Armed Forces of South Russia and was controlled by the White Army. From 1921 onwards Kiev was a city of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was proclaimed by the Red Army, and, from 1934, Kiev was its capital. During World War II, the city again suffered significant damage, but quickly recovered in the post-war years, remaining the third largest city of the Soviet Union. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and Ukrainian independence in 1991, Kiev remained the capital of Ukraine and experienced a steady migration influx of ethnic Ukrainians from other regions of the country. During the country's transformation to a market economy and electoral democracy, Kiev has continued to be Ukraine's largest and richest city. Kiev's armament-dependent industrial output fell after the Soviet collapse, adversely affecting science and technology. But new sectors of the economy such as services and finance facilitated Kiev's growth in salaries and investment, as well as providing continuous funding for the development of housing and urban infrastructure. Kiev emerged as the most pro-Western region of Ukraine where parties advocating tighter integration with the European Union dominate during elections.


Kiev is the capital city and also the largest city in Ukraine. The city is located in the north central of Ukraine on the Dnieper River. This capital city played a role in establishing European civilization in Eastern Europe. This is also one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe dating back to the 5thcentury.

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  • Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Kiev
    Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Kiev1 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Spend your free time in Kiev in an efficient and engaging way. Kiev is an amazingly green and hospitable city with ancient hi...

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  • Small-Group Panoramic City Tour of Kiev
    Small-Group Panoramic City Tour of Kiev8 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Join a small-group Kiev City Tour and spot all the top citys attractions. Explore the central Kiev streets travelling in comf...

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  • Chernobyl Tour from Kiev
    Chernobyl Tour from Kiev43 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Days

    The way the tours are run now is a result of our 15-year history of developing the tours, negotiating and persuading the gove...

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  • Full-Day Tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kiev
    Full-Day Tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kiev46 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Days

    You are welcome to join one-full-day Chernobyl  and Pripyat tour, during which you will spend maximum time inside of the...

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Facts and Stats for Kiev*

  • Pollution Statistics in Kiev

    Know the pollution level of Kiev before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 61.33 (High)
    • Water Pollution 62.11 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.36 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 60.55 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 62.02 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 68.75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 45.19 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 33.01 (Low)
  • Kiev: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Kiev for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kiev.

    • Burglary and Theft 50.23 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 44.34 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 39.17 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 85.29 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 57.11 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 41.39 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 41.51 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.48 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 44.6 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.08 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.9 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 53.08 (Moderate)
  • Living in Kiev - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Kiev is 102.35 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 51.37 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 69.95 (High)
    • Pollution Index 67.14 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 40.9 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 29.48 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 52.9 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 15.45 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 39.51 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Kiev

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kiev

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.04 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.62 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.61 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 93.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 64.34 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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