Zaporizhzhia Oblast

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Zaporizhzhia Oblast
Запорізька область
Zaporizka oblast [1]
Flag of Zaporizhia Oblast.svg
Coat of arms of Zaporizhia Oblast.svg
Запоріжжя (Zaporizhzhia)
Zaporizhia in Ukraine.svg
Coordinates: 47°50′N35°10′E / 47.833°N 35.167°E / 47.833; 35.167
Country Ukraine
Established10 January 1939
Administrative centre Zaporizhzhia
   Governor Ivan Fedorov [2]
   Oblast council 84 seats
  ChairpersonOlena Zhuk [3]
  Total27,183 km2 (10,495 sq mi)
  Rank Ranked 9th
 (2022) [4]
  TotalDecrease2.svg 1,638,462
  Rank Ranked 9th
Gross Regional Product
  Total₴ 229 billion
(€5.927 billion)
  Per capita₴ 138,521
Time zone UTC+02:00 (EET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code +380-61
ISO 3166 code UA-23
Raions 5
Cities (total)14
Regional cities 5
Urban-type settlements 23
FIPS 10-4 UP26

Zaporizhzhia Oblast (Ukrainian: Запорізька область, romanized: Zaporizka oblast), commonly referred to as Zaporizhzhia (Запоріжжя), is an oblast (region) in south-east Ukraine. Its administrative centre is Zaporizhzhia. The oblast covers an area of 27,183 square kilometres (10,495 sq mi), and has a population of 1,638,462 (2022 estimate). [4]


This oblast is an important part of Ukraine's industry and agriculture. Most of the area of the oblast has been under Russian military occupation since the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, including all of the coast, although the capital and the majority of the population remains under Ukrainian administration.

On 30 September 2022, Russia declared it had annexed the Donetsk (Donetsk People's Republic), Luhansk (Luhansk People's Republic), Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts, despite having failed to occupy all of these Ukrainian territories. However, the disputed referendums and subsequent annexations are not internationally recognized.

To the south, Zaporizhzhia Oblast covers roughly 150 kilometres (93 mi) of coastline of the Sea of Azov, as part of a coastal region known as Pryazovia, also including the coastal regions of Kherson Oblast and Donetsk Oblast, to the west and east, respectively.


The area of the oblast is 27,183 km2; its population (estimated as of 1 January 2013) was 1,785,243.


The largest cities are, in order:


Zaporizhzhia Oblast is characterized by a flat landscape. Soils are mostly chernozem. Knowledge of the relief of the Zaporizhzhia Oblast today is especially important because of the problem of land reclamation and its more intensive use.

The territory of Zaporizhzhia Oblast as a whole has a flat topography, but there are markedly elevated and depressed areas, which differ in shape, origin, and age.

The highest central-eastern part of the oblast is the Azov Upland. It extends to the east and to the territory of Donetsk Oblast, where it meets the Donetsk ridge. In the south, between the Azov Upland and the Sea of Azov, is the western part of the Azov coastal plain, which flows into the Black Sea west of the Molochna River. The northeastern end of the coastal plain merges with the Zaporizhzhia inner plain, which borders the southeastern outskirts of the Dnieper Upland. Thus, the territory of Zaporizhzhia Oblast consists of two distinct geomorphological parts: the outskirts of the Azov and Dnipro uplands, which structurally correspond to the southeastern part of the Ukrainian crystalline massif and the outskirts of the coastal Priazov and Black Sea plains, which are located within the Black Sea basin.


The area corresponding approximately to the modern Zaporizhzhia Oblast—according to Herodotus—was called in antiquity as the land of Gerrhos. This area was the burial place of the kings of the "Royal Scythians".

The modern Zaporizhzhia Oblast was created as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on 10 January 1939 out of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

Zaporizhzhia, Soviet Ukraine, 1990 Khid m. Zaporizhzhia. 500 rokiv ukrayins'komu kozatstvu. 1990. 6.JPG
Zaporizhzhia, Soviet Ukraine, 1990

During the 1991 Ukrainian independence referendum, 90.66% of votes in the oblast were in favor of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine. [6]

Russian invasion

Damage to a residential building in Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia following the airstrike of 9 October 2022 Zaporizhzhia after Russian shelling, 2022-10-09 (41).jpg
Damage to a residential building in Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia following the airstrike of 9 October 2022

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian armed forces occupied the southern part of the oblast, defeating the Ukrainian armed forces at Melitopol and at Enerhodar. Ukrainian forces conducted an attack that destroyed a Russian ship and damaged two others in the port of Berdiansk. As of May 2022, the northern parts of the oblast, including its capital city, Zaporizhzhia, are controlled by Ukraine.

On 4–5 July 2022 during the international Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC 2022) hosted in the Swiss city Lugano, the Czech Republic, Finland and Sweden pledged to support the rebuilding of Zaporizhzhia region. [7]

On 23–27 September 2022, the Russian Federation held a referendum in the occupied territories of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts for "independence and subsequent entry into the Russian Federation". These referendums are recognized by most states to be staged and against international law. On 29 September 2022, the Russian Federation recognized Zaporizhzhia Oblast as an independent state. [8] On 30 September, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of the Zaporizhzhia Oblast and three other Ukrainian territories, and signed "accession decrees" that are widely considered to be illegal. [9] [10] At that time, Russia was only in control of about 70% of the province as a whole. [11] The United Nations General Assembly subsequently passed a resolution calling on countries not to recognise what it described as an "attempted illegal annexation" and demanded that Russia "immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw". [12]

Points of interest

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


Until the major administrative reforms of 2020, the Zaporizhzhia Oblast was administratively subdivided into 20 raions (districts) as well as 5 cities (municipalities) that are directly subordinate to the oblast government: Berdiansk, Enerhodar, Melitopol, Tokmak, and the administrative center of the oblast, Zaporizhzhia.

Map of former raions of Zaporizhzhia Oblast Zaporizzhia former regions (rions).png
Map of former raions of Zaporizhzhia Oblast
NameUkrainian nameArea
census 2015 [13]
Admin. centerUrban population only
Zaporizhzhia Запоріжжя (місто)334757,650 Zaporizhzhia (city)757,650
Berdiansk Бердянськ (місто)83117,492 Berdiansk (city)114,401
Enerhodar Енергодар (місто)6454,397 Enerhodar (city)54,397
Melitopol Мелітополь (місто)51156,022 Melitopol (city)156,022
Tokmak Токмак (місто)3332,209 Tokmak (city)32,209
Berdiansk Raion Бердянський район1,77625,533 Berdiansk (city)N/A *
Bilmak Raion Більмацький район1,30022,500 Bilmak 9,423
Chernihivka Raion Чернігівський район1,20017,331 Chernihivka 5,994
Huliaipole Raion Гуляйпільський район1,30027,067 Huliaipole 15,116
Kamianka-Dniprovska Raion Кам'янсько-Дніпровський район1,24040,525 Kamianka-Dniprovska 13,223
Melitopol Raion Мелітопольський район1,78049,724 Melitopol (city)N/A *
Mykhailivka Raion Михайлівський район1,06729,250 Mykhailivka 15,609
Novomykolaivka Raion Новомиколаївський район91516,206 Novomykolaivka 6,764
Orikhiv Raion Оріхівський район1,59046,239 Orikhiv 20,358
Polohy Raion Пологівський район1,34040,576 Polohy 19,552
Pryazovske Raion Приазовський район1,94727,636 Pryazovske 9,106
Prymorsk Raion Приморський район1,40030,334 Prymorsk 12,085
Rozivka Raion Розівський район6108,960 Rozivka 3,289
Tokmak Raion Токмацький район1,44222,705 Tokmak (city)N/A *
Vasylivka Raion Василівський район1,62064,131 Vasylivka 37,232
Velyka Bilozerka Raion Великобілозерський район4708,064 Velyka Bilozerka 6,124
Vesele Raion Веселівський район1,12821,756 Vesele 10,042
Vilniansk Raion Вільнянський район1,28047,572 Vilniansk 16,795
Yakymivka Raion Якимівський район1,85033,942 Yakymivka 15,386
Zaporizhzhia Raion Запорізький район1,46257,842 Zaporizhzhia (city)N/A *

Note: Asterisks (*) Although the administrative center of the raion is in the city/town that it is named after, cities do not answer to the raion authorities (only towns do), but are directly subordinated to the oblast government and therefore are not counted as part of raion statistics.

Following the reforms of 2020, the oblast is divided into just five new raions, which incorporate the 5 former city (municipalities) that were directly subordinate to the oblast government:

NameUkrainian nameArea
census 2001
estimate 2021 [14]
Admin. center
Berdiansk Raion Бердянський район4,456214,062179,118 Berdiansk
Melitopol Raion Мелітопольський район6,962318,353280,816 Melitopol
Polohy Raion Пологівський район6,767216,933167,060 Polohy
Vasylivka Raion Василівський район4,295217,018184,224 Vasylivka
Zaporizhzhia Raion Запорізький район4,693962,805855,297 Zaporizhzhia


People in Zaporizhzhia in 2015 Clowns Without Borders performance in Zaporizhya (20648972363).jpg
People in Zaporizhzhia in 2015
Zaporizhzhia in 2021 Zaporozh'e, 2021 god, 32.jpg
Zaporizhzhia in 2021

According to the 2001 Ukrainian Census, the population of the oblast was 1,929,171. Some 70.8% considered themselves Ukrainians, while 24.7% were Russians, the rest nationalities were Bulgarians (1.4%), Belarusians (0.7%), and others (1.6%). Almost half the population (48.2%) considered the Russian language their native. [15]

Age structure

0–14 years: 13.5% Increase2.svg (male 124,285/female 116,613)
15–64 years: 70.7% Decrease2.svg (male 598,849/female 662,838)
65 years and over: 15.8% Steady2.svg (male 91,051/female 190,818) (2013 official)

Median age

total: 41.2 years Increase2.svg
male: 37.5 years Increase2.svg
female: 44.8 years Increase2.svg (2013 official)


19901,725 96020001,013 90020101,318 018
19911,724 73920011,014 01020111,418 198
19921,522 62420021,114 865
19931,420 88120031,115 301
19941,319 26520041,116 091
19951,217 82020051,215 862
19961,216 76420061,217 241
19971,116 23420071,317 591
19981,114 96820081,418 901
19991,013 88020091,418 409


Zaporizhzhia Polytechnic National University Nuzp-photo(2020)-001.jpg
Zaporizhzhia Polytechnic National University
Building of the Zaporizhzhia National University Budinok cholovichoyi gimnaziyi (spartakiada studentiv ZNU).jpg
Building of the Zaporizhzhia National University
Zaporizhzhia Regional Universal Scientific Library Vechir pam'iati Zerova u ZOUNB.jpg
Zaporizhzhia Regional Universal Scientific Library

679 daytime and 11 evening state schools plus 6 daytime schools that are non-budget supported secondary schools involved 271,400 pupils in 2001. 22 classical schools, 8 lyceums, a Sichovy collegium and 54 education-breeding complex bodies aren't out of reach to gifted children. New style 38 complex kindergarten-schools work too. [16]

Over 60,000 children develop their talents through out-of-school institutions. They attend 30 creative centres, 6 science-technical stations and four young naturalists' stations, five tourist clubs, three training flotillas, 11 children's sports clubs and 20 sports schools. The extra-scholastic education system has such a unique body as the Small Academy of Science. Boys and girls work there in six main disciplines: physics-mathematics, chemistry-biology, history-geography, philology, industrial and information technologies. The Small Academy young members maintain close friendly relations with scientists of big institutes and universities. 26 youngsters became winners of the All-Ukrainian Academy contest, so the Zaporizhzhia oblast team gained the 1st place.

325 secondary schools, five classical schools, a collegium, and three comprehensive schools use the Ukrainian language. Nevertheless, the minorities have a free choice—193 schools are Russian, a large Jewish school «Alef» works in Zaporizhzhia and smaller ones exist in other points, a Ukrainian-Bulgarian Lyceum is in Primorsky district. The Greek, Czech, Bulgarian languages are very popular in Yakimivsky, Berdyansky, Priazovsky and Melitopole rural districts. One may learn Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Polish, Tatar and other languages attending option courses anywhere.

Specialists keep on looking for an adaptive school model. 26 institutions develop the humanization process using new teaching technologies. The Khortitsky multi-profile teaching-rehabilitation centre has worked out methods for complete support of sanatorium-boarding-schools' children. Berdiansk is the town where a regional boarding school for orphans works out active socialization programs.

42 institutions provide vocational education. This system distributes well-trained workers to regional industries and businesses. The list of specialties includes over 100 names. Vocational schools give courses for improving qualifications in cooperation with unemployment centres. More than 1,500 jobless persons get new professions every year due to it.

The higher education system is the most flexible and advanced. Today, 25 state-controlled technical colleges have I-II class rank and 8 higher institutions have III-IV class certificates. These are the university and the Zaporizhzhia Politechnic, the Medical University and the Institute of Law with Ministry of Internal Affairs in Zaporizhzhia City, the Pedagogical University, the Agricultural Academy in Melitopol and the Pedagogical Institute in Berdiansk. There are also five higher-education private bodies—the Institute of Economics and Information Technologies, the State and Municipal Government Institute and the others. Over 65,000 people are students in this oblast. There are 212 Doctors of Science and 1,420 Candidates of Science among their lecturers. The city of Zaporizhzhia is one of the biggest centres for foreigners' education in Ukraine.

The International Astronomical Union named two minor planets 5936 Khadzhinov and 19082 Vikchernov in honor of Ukrainians from Zaporizhizhia Oblast who made a significant contribution in science and education.


Before the Russian invasion, Kyrylivka was a resort town on the Black Sea coast. Kyrylivka, Zaporiz'ka oblast, Ukraine, 72563 - panoramio (2).jpg
Before the Russian invasion, Kyrylivka was a resort town on the Black Sea coast.

Gross regional product

The volume of the gross regional product (GRP) of the oblast in 2016 amounted to 104,323 million (9th place among the regions). The total contribution of the oblast to the GRP of Ukraine was 4.4%.

The index of the physical volume of gross regional product in the previous year's prices was 99.7%.

The amount of gross value added (GVA) in 2016 amounted to ₴82,054 million (9th place among the oblasts).

The total contribution of the oblast to the GVA of Ukraine amounted to 4.1% in 2016.

The index of physical volume of gross value added in previous year's prices was 99.8%.

The main types of economic activity that form the GVA of the oblast are:

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