Volyn region overview
Volyn oblast, created on December 4, 1939, is located in the north-western part of Ukraine.
The region borders on Poland in the west (190 km) and Belarus in the north (205 km). Lutsk is the capital city.
Population (2014) - 1,041,500 (2.29%, 24th place).
Land area - 20,144 sq. km. (3.34%, 20th place).
Volyn region features
The region received its name after the name of the historic region of Volhynia.
The climate is temperate continental. Winters are mild, summers are warm. The average temperature in January is minus 4,5 degrees Celsius, in July - plus 18,6 degrees Celsius.
Volyn region has a favorable geographical position. It is located at the crossing of European trade ways. The highways between Kiev, Warsaw, Berlin, the Baltic and Black seas regions run through this oblast.
The province stretches for 187 km from north to south, and 163 km from east to west. The region includes 16 districts, 11 cities and towns, 22 urban villages, 1054 villages.
Forests cover about 32% of the territory of the region. There are 220 lakes on the territory of the province. Svitiaz, the largest and deepest lake of karst origin in Ukraine, is located there. The area of the lake is 25,2 square km.
Lakes, rivers, forests, medicinal mud, mineral waters, opportunities for hunting and fishing create favorable conditions for the development of travel and tourism industry.
Volyn region economy
Industry: machine-building (production of electrical equipment, agricultural machinery, motor vehicles); food-processing, chemical production, building materials industry, wood-working and consumer goods industry.
Agriculture: grains, sugar beets, potatoes, vegetables; cattle and poultry farming.
Volyn region festivals
Every year Volyn region hosts several art festivals: “Polesye summer with folklore”, “Christmas mystery”, “On the Svityaz waves”. Also, exhibition-fairs of folk handicraft works are regularly held.
Lutsk castle is a well known place because of knights’ tournaments.