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32 Things You May Not Know About Ukraine

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16. Declining population

Even prior to the war, Ukraine had been shrinking faster than nearly all other nations. As of 2021, the nation’s population growth rate was -0.49%, ranking 226th out of 236 countries with data.

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17. High death rate

Ukraine had the sixth-highest death rate in the world in 2022, at 13.77 deaths per 1,000 residents.

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18. Life expectancy

The Ukrainian life expectancy at birth is 73.2 years – 68.5 years for men and 78.2 years for women. Ukraine ranks 149 out of 227 countries with data in life expectancy.

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19. Independence

Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day on Aug. 24. It was on that date in 1991 when the country gained its independence from the Soviet Union.

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20. National heritage

Ukraine has seven World Heritage Sites – six cultural, and one natural. They are the Saint Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings; the Lviv Historic Center; the Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans; Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese; Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region; Struve Geodetic Arc; and the Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians.

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