Lviv Oblast

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Lviv Oblast
Львівська область / Lwiwska oblast
Coat of arms of Lviv Oblast Flag of Lviv Oblast
Basic data
Oblast center : Lviv
Official languages : Ukrainian
Residents : 2,538,400 (2014)
Population density : 116.26 inhabitants per km²
in cities : 59.7%
Area : 21,833 km²
KOATUU : 4600000000
License plate : BC, HC
Administrative division
Rajons : 20th
Cities : 44
managed by Oblast: 9
administered by Rajon: 35
Stadtrajone : 6th
Urban-type settlements : 34
Villages: 1,849
Settlements : 1
Address: вул. Винниченка 18
79008 м. Львів
Website: Official website
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The Lviv Oblast ( Ukrainian Львівська область Lwiwska oblast ; Russian Львовская область Lvovskaya oblast ) is an administrative unit of Ukraine in the north-west of the country. It has around 2.54 million inhabitants (2014).

The Oblast includes part of the historic landscape of Galicia , but the villages included Pissotschne (Пісочне) Matiw (Матів) Salyschnja (Залижня) Bodjatschiw (Бодячів) Schpykolossy (Шпиколоси) Knjasche (Княже) and Fussiw (Фусів) to End of the existence of Galicia in 1918 not to.

The capital is Lviv ; other cities are Drohobych , Tscherwonohrad and Stryj . The most important transport connections from Ukraine to Slovakia , Austria and southern Europe run through the oblast .

In the West, the oblast borders on Poland ( provinces of Lublin and Subcarpathian ). To the north to the Volyn and Rivne Oblast , to the east to the Ternopil Oblast , to the southeast and south to the Ivano-Frankivsk and Transcarpathian Oblasts .

About 5% of the total population of Ukraine live in the Oblast, 60.6% in urban areas. The population density is one and a half times higher than in the rest of the country. It is the most urbanized of the western oblasts. The oblast is rich in water bodies. There are also natural gas reserves in 15 deposits.

The license plate of the Oblast are BC and HC.


The oblast arose after the occupation of eastern Poland by the Soviet Union as part of the Ukrainian SSR per ukase on December 4, 1939 from the eastern parts of the previously existing Polish voivodeships of Lemberg and Tarnopol . Initially, the following formerly Polish powiate ( called Ujesd in Russian ) were retained:

  • Bobrka / Bóbrka (Бобркский уезд)
  • Brody (Бродский уезд)
  • Gorodok / Gródek (Городокский уезд)
  • Scholkew / Żółkiew (Жолкевский уезд)
  • Solochev / Złoczów (Золочевский уезд)
  • Kamenka-Strumilowa / Kamionka Strumiłowa (Каменский уезд)
  • Ljubachev / Lubaczów (Любачевский уезд) with changed borders
  • Lwow / Lwów (Львовский уезд)
  • Peremyschljany / Przemyślany (Перемышлянский уезд)
  • Rawa-Russkaja / Rawa Ruska (Рава-Русский уезд)
  • Radechow / Radziechów (Радзеховский уезд)
  • Sokal (Сокальский уезд)
  • Jaworow / Jaworów (Яворовский уезд).
Overview map of the new western regions of Ukraine since 1939

After deliberations on January 10, 1940, the Ujesde was dissolved on January 17, 1940 and replaced by the following Rajons (the Russian names are given as they reflect the official names of the time):

  • Bobrka district with Bobrka district center (Бобрка)
  • Brody Raion with Brody Raion Center (Броди)
  • Busk district with Busk district center (Буськ)
  • Dzedsiluw district with Dzedsiluw district center (Дзедзилув)
  • Dunajuw district with Dunajuw district center (Дунаюв)
  • Glinjany district with Glinjany district center (Глиняны)
  • Rayon Gorinez with Rajonszentrum Gorinez (Горинец)
  • Gorodok district with Gorodok district center (Городок)
  • Janow district with Janow district center (Янов)
  • Rayon Jarytschew Novy with Rajonszentrum Jarytschew Novy (Ярычев Новый)
  • Jaworow Raion with Jaworow Raion Center (Яворов)
  • Kamenka-Strumilowa district with the Kamenka-Strumilowa district center (Каменка-Струмилова)
  • Kamionka-Woloska Raion with the Kamionka-Woloska Raion Center (Камионка-Волоска)
  • Krakowets district with Krakowets district center (Краковец)
  • Krasnoye district with Krasnoye district center (Красное)
  • Kulikow Raion with Kulikow Raion Center (Куликов)
  • Lyaschki district with Lyaschki district center (Ляшки)
  • Lopatin District with Lopatin District Center (Лопатин)
  • Lyubachev district with Lyubachev district center (Любачев)
  • Lvov district with Lvov district center (Львов)
  • Mosty wilt district with Mosty wilt district center (Мосты Велке)
  • Rayon Nemirow with Rajonszentrum Nemirow (Немиров)
  • Olesko district with Olesko district center (Олеско)
  • Shevchenko district with Shevchenko district center (Шевченково)
  • Peremysljany district with Peremysljany district center (Перемишляни)
  • Podkamen district with Podkamen district center (Подкамень)
  • Ponikowiza district with Ponikowiza district center (Пониковица)
  • Rava Russkaja district with Rava Russkaja district center (Рава Русская)
  • Radechow district with Radechow district center (Радехов)
  • Sholkev Raion with Sholkev Raion Center (Жолкев)
  • Skole district with Skole district center (Сколе)
  • Sinyava district with Sinyava district center (Синява)
  • Sokal district with Sokal district center (Сокаль)
  • Sokolniki district with Sokolniki district center (Сокольники)
  • Zolochev Raion with Zolochev Raion Center (Золочев)
  • Ugnew Raion with Ugnev Raion Center (Угнев)
  • Rayon Schtschirez with Rajonszentrum Schtschirez (Щирец)
  • Winniki district with Winniki district center (Винники)

Then there were the independent cities of Lvov, Brody, Gorodok, Solochev and Rava Russkaja.

Lviv Oblast in 1958

However, the oblast was dissolved again after Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the area was largely absorbed in the Galicia district and could only be restored after the area was recaptured by the Red Army in 1944.

In October 1944, due to negotiations between the Soviet Union and the Lublin Committee, the following districts were returned to Poland: Gorinez district, Lyubachev district, Ugnew district, Lyashki district and Sinyava district.

As a result of the Polish-Soviet exchange of territory in the spring of 1951, a new Sabug / Sabuh Rajon (Забузький район) was created which included the new Soviet territories. On May 21, 1959, the southern Drohobych oblast was finally dissolved and merged with the oblast. Since then, the boundaries of the oblast have not changed, although changes to the Rajonen were made until the 1960s.


Nationwide shares of the Swoboda party

In the parliamentary elections in Ukraine in 2012 , Lviv Oblast had the highest turnout with 67.12%. The right-wing extremist party All-Ukrainian Association "Svoboda" achieved the highest number of votes nationwide with 38.01%.


Major rivers in the oblast

Some larger rivers have their source in the oblast, including the Dniester ( ukr. Дністер) with a length of 1352 km, which flows into the Black Sea. The Western Bug (Буг) also flows through the oblast with a length of 722 km. The Bug forms the border with Poland further north. Other rivers are the Styr , San and Stryj . The highest mountain in the oblast is Pikuj , 1408  m high on the northern edge of the Carpathian Forest, on the border with the Transcarpathian Oblast .

Administrative division

The Lviv Oblast is administratively divided into 20 Rajons and 9 cities directly under the Oblast administration. These are the cities of Boryslav , Drohobych , Morshyn , Novyj Rosdil , Sambir , Stryj , Truskavets , Chervonohrad and the eponymous administrative center of the oblast, the city of Lviv .

Lviv Oblast Rajons and their administrative centers

Map showing the Rajons of the Oblast
Lviv Oblast Rajons
German name Ukrainian name Administrative center
Brody Raion Бродівський район
Brodiwskyj rajon
Busk district Буський район
Buskyj rajon
Drohobych district Дрогобицький район
Drohobyzkyj rajon
Horodok district Городоцький район
Horodozkyj rajon
Kamyanka-Buska district Кам'янка-Бузький район
Kamjanka-Buskyj rajon
Mostyska district Мостиський район
Mostyskyj rajon
Mykolaiv Raion Миколаївський район
Mykolaivskyj rajon
Peremyshlyany district Перемишлянський район
Peremyschljanskyj rajon
Pustomyty Raion Пустомитівський район
Pustomytiwskyj rajon
Radechiv Raion Радехівський район Radechiwskyj
Sambir district Самбірський район
Sambirskyj rajon
Skole district Сколівський район
Skoliwskyj rajon
Sokal district Сокальський район
Sokalskyj rajon
Staryj Sambir district Старосамбірський район
Starosambirskyj rajon
Staryj Sambir
Stryi district Стрийський район
Stryjskyj rajon
Turka district Турківський район
Turkivskyj rajon
Javoriv Raion Яворівський район
Jaworiwskyj rajon
Zhovkva district Жовківський район
Zhovkivskyj rajon
Zhydachiv Raion Жидачівський район Zhydachivskyj
Zolochiv Raion Золочівський район
Zolochivskyj rajon

Biggest cities

city Ukrainian name Russian name Resident
January 1, 2006
Lviv Львів Львов 734.884
Drohobych Дрогобич Дрогобыч 78,576
Chervonohrad Червоноград Червоноград 69,086
Stryj Стрий Стрый 61.157
Boryslaw Борислав Борислав 36,544
Sambir Самбір Самбор 35.205
Truskavets Трускавець Трускавец 30,270
Novyj Rosdil Новий Розділ Новый Роздол 27,613
Novoyavorivsk Новояворівськ Новояворовск 27,295
Brody Броди Броды 23,521
Zolochiv Золочів Золочев 23,484
Sokal Сокаль Сокаль 21,458
Stebnyk Стебник Стебник 21,056
Horodok Городок Городок 15,595
Mykolaiv Миколаїв Николаев 14,616
Wynnyky Винники Винники 14,377
Shovkva Жовква Жовква 13,330
Yes, yes Яворів Яворов 12,957
Sosnivka Соснівка Сосновка 11,692
Zhydachiv Жидачів Chidachov 11,435
Kamyanka buska Камьянка-Бузька Каменка-Бугская 11,228
Chodoriv Ходорів Ходоров 10,231


Number of inhabitants
year 1989 1990 1995 1998 2001 2005 2008 2012 2014
Residents 2,747,700 2,754,100 2,770,300 2,717,700 2,651,600 2,588,041 2,559,779 2,540,938 2,538,400
nationality Residents 1989 (%) 2001 (%) Change (%)
Ukrainians 2,471,000 90.4 94.8 + 0.3%
Russians 92,600 7.2 3.6 −52.6%
Poland 18,900 1.0 0.7 −29.5%
Belarusians 5,400 0.4 0.2 −49.6%
native language 1989 (%) 2001 (%)
Ukrainian 90.1 95.3
Russian 8.8 3.8

Web links

Commons : Lviv Oblast  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. Указ Президиума ВС СССР от December 4, 1939 об образовании Волынской, Дрогобычской, Львобычской, Львобычской, Львобычской, Львобычской, Львовской, Львовской… Львовской
  4. ukase of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 17.01.1940 "Про утворення районів в складі Волинської, Дрогобичської, Львівської, Ровненської, Станіславської і Тарнопольської областей УРСР"