Lugansk region overview
Lugansk (Luhansk) oblast (region) was created as administrative economic territorial unit of Ukraine in June 1938.
The region is located in the southwestern part of Ukraine in the basin of the middle Seversky Donets River on the ways from Donbas to Russia. The capital city is Lugansk.
The population - 2,258,000 (2012).
Land area - 26,517 sq. km.
Lugansk region features
Lugansk region territory stretches for 250 km from south to north and 190 km from west to east. Its borders coincide with Ukrainian frontiers in the north, east and south, and thus it is in the immediate neighborhood of Russia.
The population of the province makes about 4.9% of that of Ukraine. The region is fifth mostly populated province of Ukraine. Lugansk city is the capital and administrative center of the region.
Lugansk province belongs to the regions with high population density, the average being 85 people per sq. km. The population includes 104 nationalities and peoples, mainly Ukrainians (54.8%) and Russians (41.7%).
The region includes 18 rural districts; 37 cities and towns (14 cities of regional subordination and 23 towns of district subordination), 109 large rural settlements and 632 villages.
Lugansk region economy
Industry: highly developed mineral extraction - coal mining, extraction of natural gas and minerals for building industry; food-processing; consumer goods production and metal-working.
The province has a considerable potential for tourist industry development: convenient location, favorable natural and climatic conditions, historical and cultural monuments, traditions and hospitality of the citizens.
There are a lot of reserves and natural monuments in the province.