Rivne Oblast

Rivne Oblast
Рівненська область
Rivnens’ka oblast’
Flag of Rivne Oblast
Coat of arms of Rivne Oblast
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Рівненщина (Rivnenshchyna)
Coordinates: 50°44′N 26°21′E / 50.74°N 26.35°E / 50.74; 26.35Coordinates: 50°44′N 26°21′E / 50.74°N 26.35°E / 50.74; 26.35
Country  Ukraine
Administrative center Rivne
  Governor Vitalij Chuhunnikov[1]
  Oblast council 80 seats
  Chairperson Mykhailo Kyryllov
  Total 20,047 km2 (7,740 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 22nd
Population (September 1, 2013[2])
  Total Increase 1,158,295
  Rank Ranked 20th
  Average salary UAH 846 (2006)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 33xxx-35xxx
Area code +380-36
ISO 3166 code UA-56
Raions 16
Cities (total) 11
 Regional cities 4
Urban-type settlements 16
Villages 1003
FIPS 10-4 UP19
Website www.rv.gov.ua

Rivne Oblast (Ukrainian: Рівненська область, translit. Rivnenska oblast, Polish: Obwód rówieński) is an oblast (province) of Ukraine. Its administrative center is Rivne. The area of the region is 20,100 km²; its population (as of 2004-05-01) is 1.2 million. Previously part of the Second Republic of Poland's Wojewódstwo Wołyńskie, the Rivne Oblast was created as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on December 4, 1939 after the Soviet invasion and occupation of eastern Poland on 17 September 1939.

Before 1992, under the policy of Russification, the region was officially known under its Russian name of Rovno Oblast. In the mass media it is often referred as Rivnenshchyna - Ukrainian: Рівненщина.

The Rivne Nuclear Power Plant is located in the oblast, near the city of Varash.


Main article: Volhynia

The region is located almost in the middle of the historical region of Volhynia which is indicated on its coat of arms with a white cross on a red background. Volhynia was completely parted after the incorporation of the east Poland into the Soviet Union in September 1939 and divided between three oblast, Volyn, Rivne, and Ternopil.


The Rivne Oblast is administratively subdivided into 16 raions (districts) as well as 4 cities (municipalities) which are directly subordinate to the oblast government: Dubno, Varash, Ostroh, and the administrative center of the oblast, Rivne.

Raions of the Rivne Oblast
In English In Ukrainian Administrative Center
Berezne Raion Березнівський район
Bereznivs'kyi raion
Demydivka Raion Демидівський район
Demydivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Dubno Raion Дубенський район
Dubens'kyi raion
Dubrovytsia Raion Дубровицький район
Dubrovyts'kyi raion
Hoshcha Raion Гощанський район
Hoshchans'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Korets Raion Корецький район
Korets'kyi raion
Kostopil Raion Костопільський район
Kostopils'kyi raion
Mlyniv Raion Млинівський район
Mlynivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Ostroh Raion Острозький район
Ostroz'kyi raion
Radyvyliv Raion Радивилівський район
Radyvylivs'kyi raion
Rivne Raion Рівненський район
Rivnens'kyi raion
Rokytne Raion Рокитнівський район
Rokytnivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Sarny Raion Сарненський район
Sarnens'kyi raion
Volodymyrets Raion Володимирецький район
Volodymyrets'kyi raion
Zarichne Raion Зарічненський район
Zarichnens'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Zdolbuniv Raion Здолбунівський район
Zdolbunivs'kyi raion


Rivne is one of the regions with the highest birth rate in all of Ukraine. The heavy rural (about two thirds of the population is rural) and ethnic Ukrainian (close to 95%) composition of the population might be responsible for this. However the birth rate is not uniform across Rivne, with raions like Ostroh having extremely low birth rates (9.7 per 1000) and other raions like Rokytnivskyi having extremely high birth rates (24.0 per 1000).[3]

Vital Stats by Raions (2008)

Raion Births Deaths Natural Growth BR DR NGR
Rivne Oblast 17,089 16,245 844 14.8 14.1 0.07%
Rivne 2,906 2,208 698 11.7 8.9 0.28%
Dubno 465 558 -93 12.2 14.7 -0.25%
Varash 654 243 411 16.2 6.0 1.02%
Ostroh 149 184 -35 9.7 11.9 -0.22%
Bereznivskyi 1,288 896 392 20.6 14.3 0.63%
Volodymyretskyi 1,233 844 389 20.3 13.9 0.64%
Hoshchanskyi 428 765 -337 11.8 21.1 -0.93%
Demydivskyi 176 294 -118 11.5 19.2 -0.77%
Dubenskyi 588 856 -268 12.7 18.5 -0.58%
Dubrovytskyi 704 807 -103 14.4 16.5 -0.21%
Zarichnenskyi 587 572 15 16.7 16.3 0.04%
Zdolbunivskyi 742 1,052 -310 13.0 18.4 -0.54%
Koretskyi 481 690 -209 13.5 19.4 -0.59%
Kostopilskyi 957 954 3 15.0 14.9 0.01%
Mlynivskyi 515 750 -235 13.1 19.1 -0.60%
Ostrozkyi 355 517 -162 12.1 17.6 -0.55%
Radyvylivskyi 486 702 -216 12.7 18.3 -0.56%
Rivnenskyi 1,253 1,343 -90 14.2 15.2 -0.10%
Rokytnivskyi 1,267 698 569 24.0 13.2 1.08%
Sarnenskyi 1,855 1,312 543 18.7 13.2 0.55%

According to statistics the population of Rivne Oblast Central Office at 1 January 2013 is 1,156,900 people.

In 2012, it increased by 2612 people. This was due to natural increase 4014 people at the same time reduce the migration of the population -1,402 people.

Compared to 2011, the volume of natural growth increased by 485 people. Natural movement of the population in 2012 was characterized by an increase in fertility and mortality, compared to 2011. In 2012, the number of births in the region was 619 more than in 2011.

Fertility in rural areas is higher than in urban areas (18 per cent against 13.5 per cent). total fertility rate for 2012 was 15.9 (Either the highest Ukraine).

Compared to 2011, the mortality rate in 2012 rose from 12.3 to 12.4 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants. The mortality rate in rural areas is 1.6 pa za higher than in urban areas.

Age structure

0-14 years: 19.7% Increase (male 116,507/female 110,834)
15-64 years: 68.2% Decrease (male 385,381/female 402,566)
65 years and over: 12.1% Decrease (male 45,796/female 94,724) (2013 official)

Median age

total: 35.2 years Increase
male: 32.8 years Increase
female: 37.5 years Steady (2013 official)

Points of interest

The following historic-cultural sites were nominated for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.


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: Rivne is the center of the Rivnens’ka oblast’ (Rivne 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 Rivne Oblast, Rivnenshchyna.

See also


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