The Chernigov governorate ( Russian Черниговская губерния Tschernigowskaja gubernija , Ukrainian Чернігівська губернія Tschernihiwska hubernija ) was an administrative unit (Gubernija) existing from 1802 to 1919 in what is now part of the Russian Empire (Gubernija) , which is part of today's Ukraine . The capital of the governorate with 2,298,000 inhabitants (1897) was the city of Chernigov ( Chernihiv in Ukrainian ).
It emerged from the splitting up of the Lesser Russia governorate in 1802 and existed until the complete dissolution of all governorates in the Soviet Union in 1925.
The governorate was in the area of the left bank of Ukraine in the north of today's Ukraine and in the south of Russia and had an area of 52,396 km².
The Chernigov Governorate was divided into the following 15 Ujesdy around 1900 :
|No.||Ujesd||Russian||Area in km²||Population
The first Russian census in 1897 identified 2,298,000 inhabitants in the governorate. Of these, 1,525,000 (66.4%) were Minor Russians (Ukrainians), 151,465 Belarusians, 113,787 Jews, 49,5963 Great Russians, there were also smaller groups of Germans and Poles. The population density was 44 inhabitants per km².
- Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon 1905 , accessed on January 21, 2014