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Lviv (Ukrainian: Львів, Ľviv, IPA: [lʲwiu̯] ; Polish: Lwów, IPA: [lvuf] ; Russian: Львов, Lvov, IPA: [lʲvof]; Latin: Leopolis, "the city of the lion"; German: Lemberg), the largest city in western Ukraine and the seventh largest city in the country overall, is one of the main cultural centres of Ukraine. Named in honor of the Leo, the eldest son of Rus' King Daniel of Galicia. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia (also called Kingdom of Rus') from 1272 to 1349, when it was conquered by King Casimir III the Great who then became known as the King of Poland and Rus'. From 1434, it was the regional capital of the Ruthenian Voivodeship in the Kingdom of Poland and was known as Lwów. In 1772, after the First partition of Poland, the city became the capital of the Habsburg Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria and was renamed to Lemberg. In 1918 in a short time was the capital of the West Ukrainian People's Republic. Between the wars, the city was known again as Lwów and was the centre of the Lwów Voivodeship in the Second Polish Republic. After the Second World War, it became part of the Soviet Union (Ukrainian SSR) and in 1991 of independent Ukraine. Administratively, Lviv serves as the administrative center of Lviv Oblast and has the status of city of oblast significance. Its population is 728,350 (2016 est.). Lviv was the centre of the historical region of Galicia. The historical heart of the city, with its old buildings and cobblestone streets, survived Soviet and German occupations during the Second World War largely unscathed. The city has many industries and institutions of higher education such as Lviv University and Lviv Polytechnic. Lviv is also a home to many world-class cultural institutions, including a philharmonic orchestra and the famous Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet. The historic city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lviv celebrated its 750th anniversary with a son et lumière in the city centre in September 2006.

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Facts and Stats for Lviv*

  • Pollution Statistics in Lviv

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

    • Air Pollution 55.68 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 52.38 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 36.9 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 46.59 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 59.78 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 55.68 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 29.55 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 30.68 (Low)
  • Lviv: Crime and Safety

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

    • Burglary and Theft 43.29 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 40.24 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.66 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 78.57 (High)
    • Car Stealing 31.55 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 52.38 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 35.71 (Low)
    • Drug offense 30.95 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 82.74 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 61.9 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 29.76 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.19 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 42.26 (Moderate)
  • Living in Lviv - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Lviv is 98.3 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 60.09 (High)
    • Climate Index 69.61 (High)
    • Pollution Index 58.14 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.24 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 26.24 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 55.43 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 20.91 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 22.31 (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 Lviv

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.77 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 49.03 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 92.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 66.28 USD

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

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