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Dnepropetrovsk is an industrial city in the central part of Ukraine, the centre of Dnepropetrovsk oblast. The name of it consists of the name of the river (the Dnieper) on which the city stands and the surname of Soviet statesman. City was founded in 1776 by the duke Potemkin according to the decree of Ekaterina the Second, that's the reason why the city was named Yekaterinoslav till the year 1926.

Dnepropetrovsk in one of the largest cities and the fourth most populated city of Ukraine. According to the last general census of the population 1, 3 million people live in the city. The ethnic composition is rather diverse; the majority of people 79% are Ukrainians, 17% — Russians. Other nationalities are: Byelorussians, Jews, Armenians, and Azerbaijanians. Most of the people in Dnepropetrovsk speak Russian language while all the documentation, signs and banners are in a state Ukrainian language. But nearly half of the population fluently speaks Ukrainian.

The climate is moderately continental which is typical for Ukraine. The Dnieper affects the weather and humidity of the air. Winter is quite warm with fogs and cloudiness. Summer is also mild and sometimes dry.

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Local transportation is rather developed though some kinds of transport are in a bad condition because of poor funding. Trolleybuses, trams and private buses are the most popular forms of transportation. There is also a metro system which was built in 1995 so it doesn't have a lot of lines and is not popular.

As for the attractions you won't feel bored in Dnepropetrovsk in case you travel to Ukraine. The embankment of the Dnieper is longer than 23 km; it is the longest one in Europe. Park area and view of the river make the Dnieper embankment a perfect place for walks. There are also a lot of theatres and museums. Historical museum named after Yavornitsky is one of the biggest in Ukraine, even the building of it is a national historic landmark. Dnepropetrovsk Museum of Art was opened in 1914 and has been developing with every year. Except Ukrainian work of arts you can see the works of such famous artists as Ayvazovsky, Repin, Korovin and many others.

Though the city is industrial it has a lot of attractions and can be of a great interest for those who are interested in culture, art or history.

 

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