Zhitomir region overview
Zhitomir (Zhytomyr) oblast (region) is located in the central part of the East European plain. The region area is 4,9% of the territory of Ukraine. Zhitomir province area is one of the largest in Ukraine, fifth among all the regions. The capital city is Zhitomir.
The population - 1,270,000 (2012).
Land area - 29,900 sq. km.
Zhitomir region info
Zhitomir region borders on the Republic of Belarus in the north. In its current borders, it was created in 1937. About 56% of the province population is urban.
A combination of such factors as economic and geographical location, soil and climatic conditions, availability of minerals, raw materials, forestry and water resources creates favorable conditions for the development of agriculture and industry in the region.
Industry: food-processing, machine-building, wood-working, building materials production and consumer goods industry; major national producers of porcelain, linen fabrics and hostelry.
Agriculture: all major agricultural cultures (grains, vegetables, potatoes, sugar beets) are being grown; the region is the national leader in hops and flax production.
Zhitomir region light industries chiefly process wood for furniture and flax for linen. Synthetic fibres are a recent extension of local textile industry.
Zhitomir region nature
Zhitomir beautiful nature
Zhitomir region nature view
Zhitomir region history
Zhitomir is believed to date from the 9th century, but the first record is from 1240, when it was sacked by the Tatars.
For long a major trade focus and a seat of provincial government, today, Zhitomir region is an important junction where the main rail and road routes westward from Kiev are crossed by north-south routes.
Zhitomir region features
Musical instruments, notably accordions, are a specialty of the province.
The region is a birthplace of academician Sergey Korolyov, poet Lesya Ukrainka, world-known writers Vladimir Korolenko, Josef Konrad, pianist Svyatoslav Rikhter, Ukrainian music classic Boris Lyatoshinsky.
It is a place where outstanding personalities lived and worked: writers Honore de Balzac, Mikhail Kotsyubinsky and Alexander Kuprin, play writer Ivan Kocherga and producers Alexander Dovzhenko, Timofey Levchuk, outstanding Ukrainian poet and translator Boris Ten.