(, translit. Zhytomyrs’ka oblast’
; also referred to as Zhytomyrshchyna
) is an oblast
(province) of northern Ukraine
. The administrative center
of the oblast is the city of Zhytomyr
The oblast was created as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
on September 22, 1937.
The oblast is located in the historic region of Polesia
(, translit. Polissia
The total area of the Zhytomyr Oblast encompasses .
Among the points of interest it is important to mention the following sites that were nominated for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine
The current estimated population of the oblast is 1,328,158 (as of 2006
). Zhytomyr Oblast is the most important center of Polish minority in Ukraine
, which is numbered there at 49,000.
The economy of Zhytomyr Oblast mostly deals with mining
of granite and other construction stone
and various machinery
The northern part of the province is highly affected by the Chernobyl disaster
: some of the towns
are devastated and are included in the Chernobyl zone
, while others are prohibited from producing their own agriculture.
The Zhytomyr Oblast is subdivided into 23 raions
), and 5 of its cities are designated as separate raions within the oblast.
The districts of the Zhytomyr oblast......