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Google Maps and Ukrainian street names

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Google Maps and Ukrainian street names

Post by snede » March 14th, 2018, 3:47 am

I'm preparing for another trip to Ukraine and I'm running into problems looking up locations by address. My strategy is to put anything of interest into my contacts on my Android tablet or phone and then look it up in Google Maps. I'm having real problems with Maps not being able to deal with the Anglicized versions of some of the street names.

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Re: Google Maps and Ukrainian street names

Post by retiredfrank » March 14th, 2018, 4:08 pm

Ukranian is the official language of Ukraine but the Russian influence is still very strong, and this presents a problem with maps, since every street in Kiev and other mostly Russian speaking cities in Ukraine have two names, the older Russian name plus the newer Ukrainian name, and thus two Anglisized versions as well. These names usually differ only in one or two letters, but that is enough to cause problems with computers. (There is also the issue that street names in honor of Communist heroes were recently renamed to erase the Communist legacy, but people still use the old names and the physical street signs, especially those embedded in walls of buildings, still show the old names.)

What I do is use HereWeGo and as well as Google maps. I think HereWeGo still shows the old Russian names (and the Communist names too). Or maybe it was Maps.Me. You could also try Sygic maps. I don't have Ukraine maps loaded on my phone currently so I can't test.

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