Lviv is a city of 750,000 residents about 70 km. from the EU border and 160 km. from the eastern Carpathian Mountains. Lviv has a colourful history dating to 1256 when King Danylo Halytskyi founded the city, part of the Galician Kingdom, and named it after his son, Lev. Over more recent years, Lviv was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918 and Part of Poland before World War II. As a result, the European influence on Lviv is seen in its architecture throughout the city, as well as on the multi ethnicities and religions evident in the variety of church styles, education, and places of worship.
Lviv is an important educational, industrial and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. There are 27 universities and 111 000 students in Lviv. About 250 IT companies successfully operate in this city.
Lviv has a developed infrastructure. Also there is one Danylo Halytskyi international airport «Lviv», which covers 37 destinations.
In february 2018, Lviv received the status of the Youth Capital of Ukraine.
The theme of the European Local Democracy Week in Lviv, which will be held from October 15 to October 21, is the involvement of young people in local democracy. A variety of communicative activities will be held, including Lviv’s universities. During these activities the representatives of Lviv City Council will explain the young people how they can influence city life through developed tools of public participation, including: electronic petitions, participatory budget, local initiatives, public hearings, social and cultural projects competition, and other opportunities.
On October 18, 2018, the First Youth Session of the Lviv City Council will take place. The youth leaders and representatives of student self-government of the city of Lviv will take part in this meeting. The session will consider the issue of the Lviv Youth Policy Action Plan within the framework of the UNICEF's Child and Youth Friendly Community Initiative.