Zhytomyr Oblast

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Zhytomyr Oblast
Житомирська область
Zhytomyrs'ka oblast’
Flag of Zhytomyr Oblast
Coat of arms of Zhytomyr Oblast
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Житомирщина (Zhytomyrshchyna)
Zhytomyr in Ukraine.svg
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Country  Ukraine
Administrative center Zhytomyr
 • Governor Serhiy Mashkovskiy[1] (Petro Poroshenko Bloc[3])
 • Oblast council 97[2] seats
 • Chairperson Vitaliy Yosypovych Frantsuz (BYuT)
 • Total 29,832 km2 (11,518 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 5th
Population (September 1, 2013[4])
 • Total Decrease1,266,938
 • Rank Ranked 16th
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code from 10 to 13
Area code +380-41
ISO 3166 code UA-18
Raions 23
Cities (total)
— Regional cities
Urban-type settlements 43
Villages 1625
FIPS 10-4 UP27
Website www.zhitomir-region.gov.ua
"Volga Blue Granite" (anorthosite), a popular decorative stone quarried between the cities of Korosten and Zhytomyr, central Zhytomyr Oblast.

Zhytomyr Oblast (Ukrainian: Житомирська область, translit. Zhytomyrs’ka oblast’; also referred to as Zhytomyrshchyna - Ukrainian: Житомирщина) is an oblast (province) of northern Ukraine. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Zhytomyr. Population: 1,268,903 (2013 est.)[5]


The oblast was created as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on September 22, 1937 out of territories of Vinnytsia and Kiev oblasts as well as two border okrugs of Kiev Oblast – Korosten Okrug and Novohrad-Volynsky Okrug.

The oblast covers territories of the historic regions of Polesia, Volhynia, and Podolia, which are reflected on the oblast's coat of arms.


The total area of the Zhytomyr Oblast is 29,832 km2 (11,518 sq mi).

Among the points of interest it is important to mention the following sites that were nominated for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine:

The Museum of Ukrainian home icons, which is the only one in Europe, is situated in the Zhytomyr Oblast. It is located in Radomyshl, a small town, about 90 km away from Kyiv. The Museum is the part of the Radomysl Castle historical and cultural complex. It was founded by Olga Bogomolets.[6]


The current estimated population of the oblast is 1,268,903 (as of 2013). Zhytomyr Oblast is the most important center of Polish minority in Ukraine, which is numbered there at 49,000.

Age structure

0-14 years: 15.8% Increase (male 103,194/female 97,617)
15-64 years: 68.1% Decrease (male 420,285/female 444,803)
65 years and over: 16.1% Decrease (male 65,301/female 138,472) (2013 official)

Median age

total: 39.4 years Increase
male: 36.1 years Increase
female: 42.6 years Increase (2013 official)


The economy of Zhytomyr Oblast mostly deals with mining of granite and other construction stone, forestry, agriculture and various machinery manufacturing.

The northern part of the province is highly affected by the Chernobyl disaster: some of the towns and raions are devastated and are included in the Chernobyl zone, while others are prohibited from producing their own agriculture.

Administrative divisions

The Zhytomyr Oblast is subdivided into 23 raions (districts), and 5 of its cities are designated as separate raions within the oblast.

The districts of the Zhytomyr oblast include:

Important cities

Detailed map of Zhytomyr Oblast.

Important cities of Zhytomyr Oblast include:


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: Zhytomyr is the center of the Zhytomyrs'ka oblast' (Zhytomyr 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 Zhytomyr Oblast, Zhytomyrshchyna.


  1. http://gordonua.com/news/politics/Poroshenko-naznachil-gubernatorom-ZHitomirskoy-oblasti-34-letnego-biznesmena-Mashkovskogo-32958.html
  2. Oblast Council website
  3. http://gordonua.com/news/politics/Poroshenko-naznachil-gubernatorom-ZHitomirskoy-oblasti-34-letnego-biznesmena-Mashkovskogo-32958.html
  4. "State Statistics Committee of Ukraine". Retrieved September 1, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 21 January 2015.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Богомолець. О. "Замок-музей Радомисль на Шляху Королів Via Regia". — Київ, 2013

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