Western Ukraine makes about a quarter of Ukraine, and is the country's most Central European region.
- Lviv the undisputed center of Western Ukraine
Western Ukraine was under the reign of different mostly European countries thoughout history and only relatively recently (mostly after WWII) got immerged into the Russian circle of influence. Therefore, there are considerable minorities still living in the area as well as many remnants of the Central European/Turkish past of this region still to be seen in architecture, religion practices, languages cuisine and politics.
Unlike in Southern Ukraine and Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian language is more predominant in this region, although everyone can also speak and write in Russian very well and are not very pricly about it. Nevertheless, learning a few basic phrases in Ukrainian will endear the locals. Most signs are only Ukrainian, and only a few also include Russian, something prevalent even as a Soviet province. Minority languages include Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and German. Foreign languages (apart from Russian) are mainly English and German. Polish is spoken well among people with mature memories of the interwar era.
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