Rivne Oblast
Рівненська область
Rivnenska oblast[1]
Flag of Rivne Oblast
Coat of arms of Rivne Oblast
Рівненщина (Rivnenshchyna)
Coordinates: 50°44′N 26°21′E / 50.74°N 26.35°E / 50.74; 26.35
Country Ukraine
Administrative centerRivne
 • GovernorOleksandr Koval[2]
 • Oblast council64 seats
 • ChairpersonOleksandr Danylchuk
 • Total20,047 km2 (7,740 sq mi)
 • RankRanked 22nd
 • TotalDecrease 1,141,784
 • RankRanked 20th
 • Total₴ 89 billion
(€2.301 billion)
 • Per capita₴ 77,599
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code+380-36
ISO 3166 codeUA-56
Cities (total)11
• Regional cities4
Urban-type settlements16
FIPS 10-4UP19

Rivne Oblast (Ukrainian: Рі́вненська о́бласть, romanizedRívnensʹka óblastʹ), also referred to as Rivnenshchyna (Ukrainian: Рі́вненщина, romanizedRívnenščyna), is an oblast (province) in western Ukraine. Its administrative center is Rivne. The surface area of the region is 20,100 square kilometres (7,800 sq mi). Its population is: 1,141,784 (2022 estimate).[3]

Before its annexation by the Soviet Union during World War II, the region was part of the Second Polish Republic's Wołyń Voivodeship following the Polish–Soviet War. Previously it was part of the Volhynian Governorate.

The Rivne Nuclear Power Plant is located in the oblast, near the city of Varash.


Main article: Volhynia

The region is located almost in the middle of the historical region of Volhynia which is indicated on its coat of arms with a white cross on a red background. Volhynia was completely partitioned after the Soviet occupation of Poland in September 1939 and divided between three oblasts, Volyn, Rivne, and Ternopil, with some additional eastern portions in Zhytomyr Oblast.

The relief of the region varies, its northern portion lies in the Polesian Lowland, while its southern is located within Volhynian Upland. The highest hills known as Povcha Upland reach over 350 meters. The main water artery of the region is river Horyn, while northwestern area also reaches Prypiat. Big portions of the oblast covered in woodlands. It also has a great deal of such excavated minerals like amber and basalt. In recent years (2016–2017) there were reports of illegal extraction of so called Rovno amber in the area.[5][6]

Administrative divisions

Main article: Administrative divisions of Rivne Oblast

On 19 July 2020, the number of districts was reduced to four. These are:

  1. Dubno (Дубенський район), the center is in the town of Dubno;
  2. Rivne (Рівненський район), the center is in the city of Rivne;
  3. Sarny (Сарненський район), the center is in the town of Sarny;
  4. Varash (Вараський район), the center is in the town of Varash.

Until 19 July 2020, Rivne Oblast was administratively subdivided into 16 raions (districts) as well as 4 cities (municipalities) which are directly subordinate to the oblast government: Dubno, Varash, Ostroh, and the administrative center of the oblast, Rivne.[7]

Raions of the Rivne Oblast
In English In Ukrainian Administrative Center
Berezne Raion Березнівський район
Bereznivs'kyi raion
Demydivka Raion Демидівський район
Demydivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Dubno Raion Дубенський район
Dubens'kyi raion
Dubrovytsia Raion Дубровицький район
Dubrovyts'kyi raion
Hoshcha Raion Гощанський район
Hoshchans'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Korets Raion Корецький район
Korets'kyi raion
Kostopil Raion Костопільський район
Kostopils'kyi raion
Mlyniv Raion Млинівський район
Mlynivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Ostroh Raion Острозький район
Ostroz'kyi raion
Radyvyliv Raion Радивилівський район
Radyvylivs'kyi raion
Rivne Raion Рівненський район
Rivnens'kyi raion
Rokytne Raion Рокитнівський район
Rokytnivs'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Sarny Raion Сарненський район
Sarnens'kyi raion
Volodymyrets Raion Володимирецький район
Volodymyrets'kyi raion
Zarichne Raion Зарічненський район
Zarichnens'kyi raion
(Urban-type settlement)
Zdolbuniv Raion Здолбунівський район
Zdolbunivs'kyi raion


Rivne is one of the regions with the highest birth rate in all of Ukraine. The heavy rural (about two thirds of the population is rural) and ethnic Ukrainian (close to 95%) composition of the population might be responsible for this. However the birth rate is not uniform across Rivne, with raions like Ostroh having extremely low birth rates (9.7 per 1000) and other raions like Rokytne Raion having extremely high birth rates (24.0 per 1000).[8]

Vital statistics by raion (2008)

Raion Births Deaths Natural Growth BR DR NGR
Rivne Oblast 17,089 16,245 844 14.8 14.1 0.07%
Rivne 2,906 2,208 698 11.7 8.9 0.28%
Dubno 465 558 -93 12.2 14.7 -0.25%
Varash 654 243 411 16.2 6.0 1.02%
Ostroh 149 184 -35 9.7 11.9 -0.22%
Bereznivskyi 1,288 896 392 20.6 14.3 0.63%
Volodymyretskyi 1,233 844 389 20.3 13.9 0.64%
Hoshchanskyi 428 765 -337 11.8 21.1 -0.93%
Demydivskyi 176 294 -118 11.5 19.2 -0.77%
Dubenskyi 588 856 -268 12.7 18.5 -0.58%
Dubrovytskyi 704 807 -103 14.4 16.5 -0.21%
Zarichnenskyi 587 572 15 16.7 16.3 0.04%
Zdolbunivskyi 742 1,052 -310 13.0 18.4 -0.54%
Koretskyi 481 690 -209 13.5 19.4 -0.59%
Kostopilskyi 957 954 3 15.0 14.9 0.01%
Mlynivskyi 515 750 -235 13.1 19.1 -0.60%
Ostrozkyi 355 517 -162 12.1 17.6 -0.55%
Radyvylivskyi 486 702 -216 12.7 18.3 -0.56%
Rivnenskyi 1,253 1,343 -90 14.2 15.2 -0.10%
Rokytnivskyi 1,267 698 569 24.0 13.2 1.08%
Sarnenskyi 1,855 1,312 543 18.7 13.2 0.55%

According to statistics the population of Rivne Oblast Central Office at 1 January 2013 is 1,156,900 people.

In 2012, it increased by 2612 people. This was due to natural increase 4014 people at the same time reduce the migration of the population -1,402 people.

Compared to 2011, the volume of natural growth increased by 485 people. Natural movement of the population in 2012 was characterized by an increase in fertility and mortality, compared to 2011. In 2012, the number of births in the region was 619 more than in 2011.

Fertility in rural areas is higher than in urban areas (18 per cent against 13.5 per cent). The total fertility rate for 2012 was 15.9.

Compared to 2011, the mortality rate in 2012 rose from 12.3 to 12.4 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants. The mortality rate in rural areas is 1.6 pa za higher than in urban areas.

Age structure

0-14 years: 19.7% Increase (male 116,507/female 110,834)
15-64 years: 68.2% Decrease (male 385,381/female 402,566)
65 years and over: 12.1% Decrease (male 45,796/female 94,724) (2013 official)

Median age

total: 35.2 years Increase
male: 32.8 years Increase
female: 37.5 years Steady (2013 official)

Points of interest

The some listed historic-cultural sites were nominated for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.


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: Rivne is the center of the Rivnens’ka oblast’ (Rivne 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 Rivne Oblast, Rivnenshchyna.

Before 1992, under the policy of Russification, the region was officially known under its Russian name of Rovno Oblast.

See also: Romanization of Ukrainian


See also


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  2. ^ "Zelensky appoints new governors of Donetsk, Rivne oblasts". The Kyiv Independent. 28 December 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2024.
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  4. ^ "Валовии регіональнии продукт".
  5. ^ The Dramatic Impact of Illegal Amber Mining in Ukraine’s Wild West. The National Geographic. 31 January 2017
  6. ^ Ukraine's illegal amber mining boom is scarring the earth and making criminal gangs rich. abc.net.au. 20 January 2020
  7. ^ "Про утворення та ліквідацію районів".
  8. ^ http://www.oblstat.rivne.com/statinform/demograf/2008/ruxmis1208.htm[dead link]