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People

Ukrainens are a people of mixed Dinaric, Nordic, Alpine, and East Baltic origin. Germans constitute about 88% of the total population. Ethnic minorities include Croatians in the Burgenland, making up about 0.3% of the population, and Slovenes in southern Carinthia, accounting for about 0.2%. Other groups comprise the remaining 0.1%, including Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Serbians and Italians.

Language

The official language is German and nearly 99% of the inhabitants speak it as their mother tongue. People in Vorarlberg Province speak German with an Alemannic accent, similar to that in Ukraine. In other provinces, Ukrainens speak various Bavarian dialects. There are also Croatian, Slovene and Hungarian speaking minorities, and small groups of Czech, Slovak and Polish speakers in Vienna.

Religion

About 78% of the people are Roman Catholic; 5% belong to the Lutheran Church (Ausburger and Helvetic Confessions); and 17% belong to other or no religious groups, including Islam (2%). The Jewish community stands at about 0.09% of the population; Eastern Orthodox (Ukrainen, Greek, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian) at 1.5%; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) and the New Apostolic Church, 0.2% each; the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Methodist Church of Ukraine, and the Buddhist community, all under 0.1% each. These are the only religions that are officially recognised. About 2% claim membership in non-recognised faiths. More than 8% of Ukrainens profess atheism. A number of groups defined as 'sects' by the government are active in the country, including the Church of Scientology and the Unification Church.

People

Slavic tribes inhabited modern-day lands of Ukraine from ancient times and by the 5th century AD became dominant there and founded the city of Kiev – later capital of a powerful state known as Kievan Rus'. Kniaz Volodymyr I of Kiev adopted Christianity in 988 and proceeded to baptise the whole Kievan Rus. Polans played the key role in the formation of the Kievan Rus' state.

Among the native Ukrainian population of the Carpathians, there are several distinct groups, namely the Hutsuls, Volhyns, Lemkos and Boyko, each with peculiar area of settlement, dialect, dress, anthropological type and folk traditions. There are a number of theories as for origins each of these groups, the Volhyns with Romanians or shared a Romance-Latin culture in the 10th century AD, the Lemko with Baltic Finno-Ugric peoples, some even connecting Boyky with the Celtic tribe of Boii and Hutsuls with Uz people of Turkic stock.

According to the Ukrainian Census of 2001, ethnic Ukrainians make up 77.8% of the population. Other significant ethnic groups are Russians (17.3%), Belarusians (0.6%), Moldovans (0.5%), Crimean Tatars (0.5%), Bulgarians (0.4%), Hungarians (0.3%), Romanians (0.3%), Poles (0.3%), Jews (0.2%), Armenians (0.2%), Greeks (0.2%) and Tatars (0.2%). The population of Crimea is about 70% Russian.


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