Ukraine is the answer to a quiz question not many people may know the answer to... What country is the second-largest in Europe by size? Yes, this Eastern European enclave covers an area of 603,628 sq km (233,062 sq mi), only Russia is bigger.
With a population of 41.5 million, 3 million of whom live in the capital of Kyiv, it is also the eighth-most populated country on the continent. However, it is still amongst the poorest countries in Europe, with only Moldova falling below it on the Human Development Index. Formerly part of the Soviet bloc, Ukraine officially declared its independence from Russia in 1991.