From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Belarusian: Калінкавічы
City street
City street
Flag of Kalinkavičy
Official seal of Kalinkavičy
Kalinkavičy is located in Belarus
Coordinates: Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Country  Belarus
Voblast Gomel Region
 • Founded 1560
Elevation 172 m (564 ft)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 38,381
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) +375 2345
License plate 3
Website Official website (Russian)

Kalinkavičy (Belarusian: Калінкавічы, Russian: Калинковичи, Polish: Kalinkowicze) is a town in the Gomel Region of south-eastern Belarus. Kalinkavičy is located beside the Pripyat River, opposite the town of Mazyr, and is the site of one of country's most important railway junctions. It has a population of 37,876 (2004 estimate). It has suffered radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster.


Archaeological excavations have found traces of human settlement dating back to 26,000-24,000 years ago, the oldest yet discovered in Belarus.

The earliest historical mention of the town of Kalinkavičy dates to 1560. The town grew to prominence at the end of the nineteenth century with the coming of the railways. Food processing (esp. pork products) is the largest industry. The extraction of peat (5.5 million tonnes of reserves) is also economically important.


The mean January temperature is 6.2 °C (43 °F); July 18.7 °C (66 °F). Precipitation totals 575 mm (22.64 in) per annum.

Kalinkavičy is also known for the annual Avtyuki comedy festival, held every June.

In 1998 the town was united with the surrounding rural area to form a single administrative unit, Kalinkavičy Rajon, covering 2,756 km2 (1,064.10 sq mi), with a total population of 71,500.[2]

Notable Figures born in Kalinkavičy

One of the most notable figures born in Kalinkavicy was Solomon Simon (1895–1970), a well-known Yiddish author who emigrated to New York City in 1913. His autobiography, "My Jewish Roots," describes his early childhood years in Kalinkavicy (Kalinkovich). Katherine Locke, a stage and supporting screen actress of the 1930s and 40s was also born in Kalinkavicy, prior to emigrating to the United States.


  1. "World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2013-01-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. http://www.kalinkovichi.jino-net.ru/viewpage.php?page_id=1

External links

Media related to Kalinkavichy at Wikimedia Commons