Ukraine is a country in the east of Europe. It has an area of 603, 628 square km making it the largest contiguous country on the European continent and is slightly smaller than Texas. Ukraine borders Russian Federation to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northeast, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.
Music is a major part of Ukrainian culture, with a long history and many influences. From traditional folk music to classical to modern rock, Ukraine has produced a long list of internationally recognized musical talent including Tchaikovsky and Okean Elzy. Ukrainian folk dance is often described as energetic, fast-paced and entertaining.