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Kharkiv Oblast

Kharkiv Oblast
Харківська область
Kharkivs’ka oblast’
Flag of Kharkiv Oblast
Coat of arms of Kharkiv Oblast
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Харківщина (Kharkivshchyna)
Country  Ukraine
Administrative center Kharkiv
 • Governor Ihor Rainin[1]
 • Oblast council ? seats
 • Chairperson Serhij Chernov (Independent)
 • Total 31,415 km2 (12,129 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 4th
Population (September 1, 2013[2])
 • Total 2,733,694
 • Rank Ranked 3rd
 • Official language(s) Ukrainian, Russian
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code ?
Area code +380-57
ISO 3166 code UA-63
Vehicle registration AX
Raions 27
Cities (total)
— Regional cities
Urban-type settlements 61
Villages 1683
FIPS 10-4 UP07

Kharkiv Oblast (Ukrainian: Харківська область, translit. Kharkivs’ka oblast’; also referred to as KharkivshchynaUkrainian: Харківщина, Russian: Харьковская область, translit. Khar’kovskaya oblast’) is an oblast (province) in eastern Ukraine. The oblast borders Russia to the north, Luhansk Oblast to the east, Donetsk Oblast to the south-east, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast to the south-west, Poltava Oblast to the west and Sumy Oblast to the north-west. The area of the oblast is 31,400 km², corresponding to 5.2% of the total territory of Ukraine.

The oblast is the third most populous province of Ukraine, with a population of 2,857,751 in 2004, more than half (1.5 million) of whom live in the city of Kharkiv, the oblast's administrative center. While the Russian language is primarily spoken in the cities of Kharkiv oblast, elsewhere in the oblast most inhabitants speak Ukrainian.


  • History 1
  • Points of interest 2
  • Demographics 3
    • Age structure 3.1
    • Median age 3.2
  • Economy 4
  • Subdivisions 5
  • Nomenclature 6
  • Sport 7
  • Notes 8
  • External links 9


During the Soviet administrative reform of 1923–1929, in 1925, the Kharkov Governorate was abolished leaving its five okruhas: Okhtyrka (originally Bohodukhiv), Izyum, Kupyansk, Sumy, and Kharkiv. Introduced in the Soviet Union in 1923, a similar subdivisions existed in Ukraine back in 1918. In 1930 all okruhas were also abolished with raions becoming the first level of subdivision of Ukraine until 1932.

The modern Kharkiv oblast is a relatively recent creation, having been established on 27 February 1932. In summer of 1932 some parts of the oblast were included in the newly created Donetsk Oblast originally centered in Artemivsk (later in Stalino). In fall of the same year some territories of the Kharkiv Oblast were used in creation of Chernihiv Oblast. More territories became part of Poltava Oblast in fall of 1937 and Sumy Oblast in winter of 1939.

During the Holodomor the population of the Kharkiv Oblast together with Kiev Oblast suffered the most. The region saw major fighting during World War II in several Battles of Kharkov between 1941 and 1943.

During the 1991 referendum, 86.33% of votes in Kharkiv Oblast were in favor of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine. A survey conducted in December 2014 by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology found 4.2% of the oblast's population supported their region joining Russia, 71.5% did not support the idea, and the rest were undecided or did not respond.[3] A poll by Alexei Navalny also found little support for becoming part of Russia.[4]

Points of interest

The following sites were nominated for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.


Its population in 2001 was 2,895,800 million (1,328,900 males (45.9%) and 1,566,900 females (54.1%)).

At the 2001 census, the ethnic groups within the Kharkiv Oblast were:

the groups by native language:

Age structure

0-14 years: 12.6% (male 177,464/female 167,321)
15-64 years: 72.2% (male 945,695/female 1,024,841)
65 years and over: 15.2% (male 135,737/female 277,725) (2013 official)

Median age

total: 40.5 years
male: 36.9 years
female: 44.1 years (2013 official)


The Kharkiv oblast has a primarily industrially based economy, including engineering, metallurgy, manufacturing, production of chemicals and food processing. It also has an important agricultural sector with 19,000 square kilometres of arable land (comprising 5.9% of the total arable lands of Ukraine).

Also in Kharkiv is the Airplane plant for space controlling systems. It is a major center for all branches of engineering, from large-scale manufacture to microelectronics. Also situated in Kharkiv Oblast is a gas field, which is one of the biggest in Ukraine.


Detailed map of Kharkiv Oblast.

The Kharkiv Oblast is administratively subdivided into 27 raions (districts), as well as 7 cities (municipalities) which are directly subordinate to the oblast government: Chuhuiv, Izium, Kupiansk, Liubotyn, Lozova, Pervomaiskyi, and the administrative center of the oblast, Kharkiv.

Raions of the Kharkiv Oblast
In English In Ukrainian Administrative Center
Balakliia Raion Балаклійський район
Balakliys'kyi raion
Barvinkove Raion Барвінківський район
Barvinkivs'kyi raion
Blyzniuky Raion Близнюківський район
Blyzniukivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Bohodukhiv Raion Богодухівський район
Bohodukhivs'kyi raion
Borova Raion Борівський район
Borivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Chuhuiv Raion Чугуївський район
Chuhuivs'kyi raion
Derhachi Raion Дергачівський район
Derhachivs'kyi raion
Dvorichna Raion Дворічанський район
Dvorichans'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Izium Raion Ізюмський район
Iziums'kyi raion
Kehychivka Raion Кегичівський район
Kehychivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Kharkiv Raion Харківський район
Kharkivs'kyi raion
Kolomak Raion Коломацький район
Kolomats'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Krasnohrad Raion Красноградський район
Krasnohrads'kyi raion
Krasnokutsk Raion Краснокутський район
Krasnokuts'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Kupiansk Raion Куп'янський район
Kupyans'kyi raion
Lozova Raion Лозівський район
Lozivs'kyi raion
Nova Vodolaha Raion Нововодолазький район
Novovodolaz'kyi raion
Nova Vodolaha
(Urban-type settlement)
Pechenihy Raion Печенізький район
Pecheniz'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Pervomaiskyi Raion Первомайський район
Pervomais'kyi raion
Sakhnovshchyna Raion Сахновщинський район
Sakhnovshchyns'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Shevchenkove Raion Шевченківський район
Shevchenkivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Valky Raion Валківський район
Valkivs'kyi raion
Velykyi Burluk Raion Великобурлуцький район
Velykoburluts'kyi raion
Velykyi Burluk
(Urban-type settlement)
Vovchansk Raion Вовчанський район
Vovchans'kyi raion
Zachepylivka Raion Зачепилівський район
Zachepylivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Zmiiv Raion Зміївський район
Zmiyivs'kyi raion
Zolochiv Raion Золочівський район
Zolochivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)


Most of Ukraine's oblasts are named after their capital cities, officially referred to as "oblast centers" (Ukrainian: обласний центр, translit. oblasnyi tsentr). The name of each oblast is a relative adjective, formed by adding a feminine suffix to the name of respective center city: Kharkiv is the center of the Kharkivs’ka oblast’ (Kharkiv Oblast). Most oblasts are also sometimes referred to in a feminine noun form, following the convention of traditional regional place names, ending with the suffix "-shchyna", as is the case with the Kharkiv Oblast, Kharkivshchyna.


It has a regional federation within Ukrainian Bandy and Rink bandy Federation.[2]


  1. ^ "President introduced new Kharkiv RSA Head Ihor Rainin". 3 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "State Statistics Committee of Ukraine". Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Лише 3% українців хочуть приєднання їх області до Росії" [Only 3% of Ukrainians want their region to become part of Russia].  
  4. ^ Navalny, Alexei (23 September 2014). "Соцопрос ФБК по Харьковской и Одесской областям. Европа, Россия, Новороссия" [Survey of Kharkov and Odessa Oblasts] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 23 September 2014. 

External links

  • Kharkiv Oblast Facts & Figures
  • Kharkiv Oblast statistics
  • Maps of Kharkiv oblast Cities, Towns and Villages
  • About Kharkiv Oblast
  • Post codes directory of Kharkiv Oblast
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