Province: Kyiv Oblast
Area: 839 km2
Altitude: 179 m above sea level
Kyiv is the beautiful capital of Ukraine and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. The elder right-bank (western) part of Kyiv (Kiev) is represented by numerous woody hills, ravines and small rivers (now mostly extinct). The left-bank (eastern) part of the city was built in the Dnieper valley. Significant areas of it were artificially sand-deposited and enforced by dams. Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-techindustries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport.
An ancient legend says, that Kyiv was founded by three brothers Kyi, Schek and Khoryv and their sister Lybid and it was named after the eldest brother Kyi.
Climate: Kyiv's climate is moderately continental. The average winter temperature is about -5 °C, in summer the average temperature is +27 °C.
To and from
Kyiv has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). The latter has regular services to Warsaw, Lviv, Kharkiv and Donetsk. The Central Bus Station 3km south of the centre offers longer but somewhat cheaper links to other UEFA EURO 2012 venues: Lviv (10 hours), Kharkiv (7 hours) and Donetsk (11.5 hours). The swish train terminal in the heart of the city has connections, many overnight, to Kharkiv (from 6 hours), Lviv (from 6.5 hours), Donetsk (12 hours), Warsaw (from 15 hours), Poznan (18 hours) and Wroclaw (25 hours).
Distances to other UEFA EURO 2012™ venues:
Kharkiv – 480km
Lviv – 540km
Donetsk – 700km
Warsaw – 820km
Wroclaw – 1,090km
Poznan – 1,140km
Gdansk – 1,190km
Web resource that might help you in finding the way in the city: http://www.eway.in.ua
In and around
Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. The metro is usually the fastest and most convenient way of getting around, even if the descent to the depths of the city can be a journey in itself – at 102m underground, Arsenalna is one of the deepest stations in the world. It runs from 6am until midnight and the turquoise journey tokens cost 2 UAH; a monthly pass is 95 UAH. Like many former Soviet metro systems, stations are clean and elaborately decorated a contrast to the somewhat less reliable bus service as they have to contend with Kyivan traffic.
Sporting excellence and Kyiv go hand in hand. Women's handball side Spartak Kyiv won 20 consecutive USSR championships between 1969 and 1988 and Kyivans have also had a big impact on the international stage. 'Man of Iron' Borys Shakhlin earned seven Olympic gold medals, fellow gymnast Larysa Latynina won nine. Neither were born in Kyiv but both moved there early like Valeriy Borzov, winner of the 100m and 200m sprint double in 1972. Kyiv is also the hometown of two-time Stanley Cup ice hockey victor Ruslan Fedotenko.
Kyiv is home to the dominant force in Ukrainian football, FC Dynamo Kyiv, a club founded in 1927 with the distinction of never suffering top-flight relegation – at first in the USSR and now Ukraine.
Dynamo is not the only top-flight team in the capital – FC Arsenal Kyiv, formerly the army side CSKA, and brewery-backed FC Obolon Kyiv are also resident – yet the Bilo-Syni (White-Blues) are the star attraction. The most successful side in the USSR with 13 Soviet Top League titles and nine cup wins, their dominance has continued since independence, claiming 13 of the 21 titles and nine cups.
Nickname: Bilo-Syni (White-Blues)
Honours: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1975, 1986; UEFA Super Cup: 1975; (1986); Soviet/Ukrainian league title: 26 (2009), Soviet/Ukrainian Cup: 18 (2007)
Most appearances: Oleh Blokhin (647)
Most goals: Oleh Blokhin (282)
Did you know?
Dynamo became the first team from the Soviet Union to capture a major European title when they lifted the 1975 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
UEFA EURO 2012™ capacity: 68 055
From 1 December 2008 stadium the stadium underwent a full-scale reconstruction in order to satisfy standards put in place by UEFA for hosting the Euro 2012 football tournament. Among all sports arenas that are being prepared for Euro-2012 Olympic NSC is the largest. It is the stadium on which final competition and closing ceremony will be held.