Ukraine with a difference
Ukraine has favorable conditions and rich recreational resources for medical treatment, health recovery, resting its population, and for the development of tourism. Unique landscapes, wonderful sceneries, national parks, the presence of mineral and thermal waters, and medical muds create good opportunities for forming a highly developed resort-recreational industry. Flora in Ukraine includes about 30 ths. types of plants, out of which over 400 are included into the Red Book of important plants. Forests have a special value for tourism, and they occupy 14.3% of Ukraine's territory (8.6 mn of hectares). In this respect, Ukraine is one of the most wooded countries in Europe. However, forests are concentrated unevenly and decrease from west and north to east and south.