Lviv Oblast

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Lviv Oblast

Львівська область
L’vivs’ka oblast’
Lvivska oblast [1]
Gerb L'vovskoi oblasti.png
Coat of arms
Львівщина (Lvivshchyna)
Lviv in Ukraine (claims hatched).svg
Country Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Administrative center Lviv
   Governor Maksym Kozytsky [2]
   Oblast council 84 seats
  Chairperson Oleksandr Hanushchyn
  Total21,833 km2 (8,430 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 17th
296 m (971 ft)
 (2021) [3]
  TotalDecrease2.svg 2,497,750
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Area code +380-32
ISO 3166 code UA-46
Raions 20
Cities (total)44
  Regional cities 9
Urban-type settlements 34
FIPS 10-4 UP15

Lviv Oblast (Ukrainian : Львівська область, translit. L’vivs’ka oblast’; also referred to as L’vivshchyna , Ukrainian : Львівщина) is an oblast (province) in western Ukraine. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Lviv. Population: 2,497,750 (2021 est.) [3]



The oblast was created as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on December 4, 1939 following the Soviet invasion of Poland. The territory of the former Drohobych Oblast was incorporated into the Lviv Oblast in 1959.

The oblast's strategic position at the heart of central Europe and as the gateway to the Carpathians has caused it to change hands many times over the centuries. It was ruled variously by Great Moravia, Kievan Rus', Poland, was independent as the state of Galicia-Volhynia (circa 1200 to 1340), and then ruled by the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (1340 to 1772), the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1772 to 1918), West Ukrainian People's Republic and Poland (1919 to 1939), when it was part of the Lwów Voivodeship of the Second Republic of Poland. The region's historically dominant Ukrainian population declared the area to be a part of an independent West Ukrainian National Republic in November 1918 — June 1919, but this endured only briefly. Local autonomy was provided in international treaties but later on those were not honoured by the Polish government and the area experienced much ethnic tension between the Polish and Ukrainian population.

The region and its capital city take their name from the time of Galicia-Volhynia, when Daniel of Galicia, the King of Rus', founded Lviv; naming the city after his son, Leo. During this time, the general region around Lviv was known as Red Ruthenia (Cherven' Rus').

The region only became part of the Soviet Union under the terms of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact in 1939, when it was annexed to the Ukrainian SSR. It was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1944, when almost all local Jews were killed,[ citation needed ] and remained in Soviet hands after World War II as was arranged during the Teheran and Yalta conferences. Local Poles were expelled and Ukrainians expelled from Poland arrived. Given its historical development, Lviv Oblast is one of the least Russified and Sovietized parts of Ukraine, with much of its Polish and Habsburg heritage still visible today.

In Ukraine today, there are three provinces (oblasts) that formed the eastern part of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria. Two of these, Lviv Oblast and Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast were entirely contained in the kingdom; the third oblast of Ternopil was mainly in the kingdom apart from four of its most northerly counties (raions). The counties of the Kingdom of Galicia remained largely unchanged when they were incorporated into successor states; with minor changes as detailed below, the current counties are almost co-extensive with those of the Kingdom.

Kingdom of Galicia, administrative, 1914 Galicia administrative1914.jpg
Kingdom of Galicia, administrative, 1914
Modern Counties of
Lviv Oblast (1940—2020)
Equivalent Counties
of Galicia
Brody Raion Southern part of
Brody county.
Brody city-countyBrody
Busk Raion Złoczów
Busk city-countyZłoczów
Drohobych Raion Drohobycz
Drohobych city-countyDrohobycz
Horodok Raion Grodek (southern part) and
Rudky (southern part)
Kamianka-Buzka Raion Kamionka
Mostyska Raion Mosciska
Mykolaiv Raion Żydaczów (Only the northern
part of the county.)
Peremyshliany Raion Przemyślany and the northern
part of Bóbrka
Pustomyty Raion Lviv county
Radekhiv Raion Northern part of Brody county and
northern part of Kamionka.
Sambir Raion Sambor and Rudky
Skole Raion All of the old county of Stryj
south of modern Stryi Raion.
Sokal Raion To the north Sokal and
To the south Rawa-Ruska.
Staryi Sambir Raion Stari Sambor
Stryi Raion Stryj (Only the northern part
of the county.)
Turka Raion Turka
Yavoriv Raion Jaworów and
Grodek (northern part)
Zhovkva Raion To the north Rawa-Ruska and
To the south Żółkiew
Zhydachiv Raion Żydaczów (Excluding the
northern part of the county.)
Zolochiv Raion Eastern part of Żółkiew county and
western part of Peremyshliany.

The region is also notable for having declared independence from the central government during the 2014 Euromaidan protests. [4]


The terrain of Lviv Oblast is highly varied. The southern part is occupied by the low Beskyd (ukr: Бескиди) mountain chains running parallel to each other from northwest to southeast and covered with secondary coniferous forests as part of the Eastern Carpathians; the highest point is Pikuy (1408 m). North from there are the wide upper Dniester river valley and much smaller upper San River valley. These rivers have flat bottoms covered with alluvial deposits, and are susceptible to floods. Between these valleys and Beskyd lies the Precarpathian upland covered with deciduous forests, with well-known mineral spa resorts (see Truskavets, Morshyn). It's also the area of one of the earliest industrial petroleum and gas extraction. These deposits are all but depleted by now.

In the central part of the region lie Roztocze, Opillia, and part of the Podolia uplands. Rich sulphur deposits were mined here during the Soviet era. Roztocze is densely forested, while Opillia and Podolia (being covered with loess on which fertile soils develop) are densely populated and mostly covered by arable land. In the central-north part of the region lies the Small Polesia lowland, geographically isolated from the rest of Polesia but with similar terrain and landscapes (flat plains with sandy fluvioglacial deposits and pine forests). The far North of the region lies on the Volhynia upland, which is also covered with loess; coal is mined in this area.


The climate of Lviv Oblast is moderately cool and humid. The average January temperatures range from −7 °C (19  °F ) in the Carpathians to −3 °C (27 °F) in the Dniester and San River valleys while in July the average temperatures are from 14–15 °C (57–59  °F ) in the Carpathians to 16–17 °C (61–63 °F) in Roztocze and 19 °C (66 °F) in the lower part of the Dniester valley. [5] The average annual precipitation is 600–650 mm (23.62–25.59  in ) in the lowlands, 650–750 mm (25.59–29.53 in) in the highlands and up to 1,000 mm (39.37 in) in the Carpathians, with the majority of precipitation occurring in summer. Prolonged droughts are uncommon, while strong rainfalls can cause floods in river valleys. Severe winds during storms can also cause damage, especially in the highlands. The climate is favourable for the cultivation of sugar beets, winter wheat, flax, rye, cabbage, apples, and for dairy farming. It is still too cold to successfully cultivate maize, sunflower, grapes, melon, watermelon or peaches in Lviv Oblast. In the Carpathians conditions are favourable for Alpine skiing 3–4 months a year.


Government House, Lviv Government House in Lviv-2013.JPG
Government House, Lviv
Raions of Lviv Oblast Lviv regions.svg
Raions of Lviv Oblast


Term startTerm endNameYear of birthYear of death
March 19916 April 1992 Vyacheslav Chornovil b. 1937d. 1999
June 1994July 1995Mykola Horynb. 1945
Term startTerm endNameYear of birth
20 March 1992June 1994Stepan Davymukab. 1947
Term startTerm endNameYear of birthYear of death
7 July 19956 Feb. 1997Mykola Horynb. 1945
6 Feb. 199714 Jan. 1999Mykhailo Hladiyb. 1952
15 Jan. 199919 March 2001 Stepan Senchuk b. 1955d. 2005
26 March 200126 April 2002 Mykhailo Hladiy b. 1952
26 April 20024 June 2003Myron Yankivb. 1951
9 June 200320 Dec. 2004Oleksandr Sendehab. 1953
20 Dec. 20044 Feb. 2005Bohdan Matolych (acting)b. 1955
4 Feb. 200520 Feb. 2008 Petro Oliynyk b. 1957d. 2011
20 Feb. 200827 Feb. 2008Valery Pyatak (acting)b. 1959
27 Feb. 200820 April 2010? Kmit Mykola
(acting to 1 Sep 2008)
b. 1966
20 April 201021 December 2010 [7] Vasyl Horbal [8] b. 1971
21 December 20102 November 2011 [7] Mykhailo Tsymbaliuk [7] b. 1964
2 November 2011 [7] 4 March 2013 [9] Mykhailo Kostiuk [7] b. 1961
4 March 2013 [9] 31 October 2013 [10] Viktor Shemchuk [9] b. 1970
31 October 2013 [10] 23 January 2014 [11] Oleh Salo [10] b. 1968
2 March 201414 August 2014 [12] Iryna Sekh b. 1970
14 August 201426 December 2014Yuriy Turyanskyi (acting)b. 1975
26 December 201411 June 2019 Oleh Synyutka b. 1970
11 June 20195 July 2019Rostyslav Zamlynsky (acting)b. 1976
5 July 20195 February 2020 Markiyan Malsky b. 1984
5 February 2020 Maksym Kozytsky b. 1984


Drohobych.The second largest city in Lviv Oblast Drohobych city center 2018.jpg
Drohobych.The second largest city in Lviv Oblast
Truskavets - a small resort town in the Carpathian foothills Pishokhidnii prospekt v Truskavtsi.jpg
Truskavets - a small resort town in the Carpathian foothills
Architecture in Stryi Stryistreet2019.jpg
Architecture in Stryi
Half-timbered old villa in the Carpathian foothills in Skole Raion Villa in Lviv region.jpg
Half-timbered old villa in the Carpathian foothills in Skole Raion

Lviv Oblast is administratively subdivided into 20 raions (districts), as well as 9 city (municipalities) which are directly subordinate to the oblast government: Boryslav, Chervonohrad, Drohobych, Morshyn, Novyi Rozdil, Sambir, Stryi, Truskavets, and the administrative center of the oblast, Lviv.

Raions of the Lviv Oblast
In EnglishIn UkrainianAdministrative Center
Brody Raion Бродівський район
Brodivs'kyi raion
Busk Raion Буський район
Bus'kyi raion
Drohobych Raion Дрогобицький район
Drohobyts'kyi raion
Horodok Raion Городоцький район
Horodots'kyi raion
Kamianka-Buzka Raion Кам'янка-Бузький район
Kamyanka-Buz'kyi raion
Mostyska Raion Мостиський район
Mostys'kyi raion
Mykolaiv Raion Миколаївський район
Mykolayivs'kyi raion
Peremyshliany Raion Перемишлянський район
Peremyshlians'kyi raion
Pustomyty Raion Пустомитівський район
Pustomytivs'kyi raion
Radekhiv Raion Радехівський район
Radekhivs'kyi raion
Sambir Raion Самбірський район
Sambirs'kyi raion
Skole Raion Сколівський район
Skolivs'kyi raion
Sokal Raion Сокальський район
Sokal's'kyi raion
Staryi Sambir Raion Старосамбірський район
Starosambirs'kyi raion
Staryi Sambir
Stryi Raion Стрийський район
Stryis'kyi raion
Turka Raion Турківський район
Turkivs'kyi raion
Yavoriv Raion Яворівський район
Yavorivs'kyi raion
Zhovkva Raion Жовківський район
Zhovkivs'kyi raion
Zhydachiv Raion Жидачівський район
Zhydachivs'kyi raion
Zolochivskyi Raion Золочівський район
Zolochivs'kyi raion


Age structure

0-14 years: 15.7% Increase2.svg (male 202,923/female 193,000)
15-64 years: 70.0% Decrease2.svg (male 867,699/female 897,788)
65 years and over: 14.3% Steady2.svg (male 122,906/female 238,016) (2013 official)

Median age

total: 38.0 years Increase2.svg
male: 35.2 years Increase2.svg
female: 40.9 years Increase2.svg (2013 official)


Fifty-nine percent of the religious organisations active in the Lviv Oblast adhere to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is the second largest religious body. The followers of the Roman Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) are mostly from the Polish, and Russian or non-Galician Ukrainian minorities respectively.

Historical and cultural sites

The city of Lviv contains a well-preserved main square (Rynok) and numerous historical and beautiful churches. Other sites of interest are the historic Lychakivskiy Cemetery, the local museum of folklore, and the ruins of the famous Vysokyi Zamok. The name of the castle is closely tied to the name of the city. There is also a museum of military artifacts, the "Arsenal".

Well-preserved local wooden churches, castles, and monasteries can be found throughout the Oblast. One of them is the Olesko Castle which is first recorded in 1327. Another castle that was built at the end of the 15th century is Svirzh Castle in the village of Svirzh, Peremeshliany Raion. One more and no less famous castle is the Pidhirtsi Castle. Its architectural complex consists of the three-story palace, Kostel, and small park. In Roztochia is also located the Krekhivsky monastery in the buch[ check spelling ]-pine grove at the foot of the Pobiyna mount. The whole complex consists of the Saint Nikola Church, the bell tower, numerous service structures, and defensive walls with towers. Another site worth of mentioning is the Tustan city-fortress which is built in the rock. The site was nominated as the historical and as the natural wonder of Ukraine. There also a nature complex in the valley of the Kamianka river in Skoliv Raion. Another natural wonder of the region is the Kamin-Veleten (Rock-Giant in English) which is located near city of Pidkamin in Brodivskyi Raion. The name of the local city means Under the Rock. A local museum of Ukrainian art and an institution of higher learning (Ivan Franko State University) are also present.


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: L'viv is the center of the L'vivs'ka oblast' (Lviv 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 Lviv Oblast, Lvivshchyna.

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