[Overview] Kiev is the capital of Ukraine. Located in central Eastern Europe, on the banks of the Dnieper River, the city covers an area of 827 square kilometers and has a population of 3 million.
[Politics] Kiev is governed by the city council and the city government. Members of the city council are directly elected by the citizens and its chairman is elected from the members for a term of four years. The city government is the executive body of the city. There are 10 districts under the jurisdiction of the city, and the mayor is elected by local popular vote. The incumbent mayor, Vitali Klitschko, took office in June 2014.
[Economy] Kiev is the country's industrial center with a sound industrial system. Food processing, light industry, metal processing, precision machine manufacturing, electronics, and chemistry are the mainstay of the city's industrial sector. Kiev is also an important transportation hub of Ukraine with well-developed road, railway, aviation, water, and intracity transportation. Boats can reach the Black Sea along the Dnieper River.
[Culture and Education] Kiev is the country's scientific research and education center. It is home to more than 200 institutions of higher education, secondary vocational training centers, and other education institutions. Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is a comprehensive university in Ukraine, and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine is the largest scientific research institute in the country. There are many libraries, museums, theaters and cinemas, as well as folk choirs, symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, and circuses with high artistic attainments in the city, for which it is known as the “Cradle of the Ukrainian culture”.
[Relations with Beijing] On December 13, 1993, Beijing and Kiev officially became sister cities. Since then, the two cities have engaged in exchanges and cooperation in the fields of investment, trade, culture, and landscaping.
Investment and Trade: In 2012, the Shevchenko District of Kiev participated in the Third Beijing Wangfujing International Brands Festival.
Culture: In 2010, the Ukrainian Embassy in China and the Culture and Arts Department of Kiev held the Beijing-Kiev Art Exhibition in Beijing, displaying 86 paintings of contemporary Ukrainian artists. The exhibition received positive response from Beijing residents.
Urban Planning: In 2019, representatives of Kiev visited Beijing to participate in the Belt and Road Sister City Urban Planning Exchange Project, which was launched to promote the exchanges and cooperation between the two cities in the field of urban planning.
Landscaping: In 2013, Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau and the Kiev Greening Committee signed a cooperation agreement on establishing a platform for the exchanges between landscaping companies and sharing landscaping experience between the two cities.