Mykolaiv Oblast

Mykolaiv Oblast (Ukrainian: Миколаївська область, Mykolajivśka oblasť; also referred to as Mykolaivshchyna, Ukrainian: Миколаївщина), also known as Nikolaev or Nikolayev Oblast (Russian: Николаевская область, Nikoláyevskaya óblasť), is an oblast (province) of Ukraine. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Mykolaiv. Population: 1,164,342(2015 est.)[3]

Mykolaiv Oblast

Миколаївська область, Николаевская область
Mykolayivs’ka oblast’


Coat of arms
Миколаївщина (Mykolayivschyna)
Coordinates: 47.43°N 31.80°E / 47.43; 31.80
Country Ukraine
Administrative centerMykolaiv
  GovernorOleksandr Stadnik[1]
  Oblast council64 seats
  ChairpersonVictoria Moskalenko[2] (Petro Poroshenko Bloc[2])
  Total24,598 km2 (9,497 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 14th
  Total 1,164,342[3]
  RankRanked 18th
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code+380-51
ISO 3166 codeUA-48
Cities (total)10
 Regional cities5
Urban-type settlements17
FIPS 10-4UP16


The Mykolaiv Oblast is located in the southern half of Ukraine. Its area (24,600 km²), comprises about 4.07% of the total area of Ukraine.

The Mykolaiv Oblast borders upon the Odessa Oblast in the west-southwest, the Kirovohrad Oblast in the north, the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast in the northeast, and the Kherson Oblast on the southeast.

To the south, the oblast is also bordered by the Black Sea. To Mykolaiv Oblast belong Kinburn Peninsula, Berezan Island in Black Sea, Pervomaisky Island in Dnieper Estuary.

In regards to relief, Mykolaiv Oblast is a plain that gently slops in southern direction.[4] Bigger portion of the territory lays within Black Sea Lowland.[4] To the north there are spurs of Podolian and Dnieper uplands.[4] Among major valuable deposits and minerals there are nickel, uranium ores, granite, gneiss, quartzites.[4]

The climate is moderately continental with a mild winter of small snow amount and hot arid summer.[4]

On territory of the region are 85 rivers that belong to basin of the Black Sea.[4] Among main there are Southern Bug (Boh), Inhulets, and Berezan.[4]

Points of interest

The following historic-cultural sites were nominated for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine or Seven Natural Wonders of Ukraine.


The current estimated population is 1.2 million people (as of 2005). The greater part of the oblast's population resides in urban type settlements (66%), with the remainder residing in agricultural areas. Also, almost 60% of the urban population resides in Mykolayiv, the industrial, cultural and administrative center of Mykolayiv Oblast.

The oblast's population density is one of the lowest in Ukraine – 52 people per 1 km². The oblast' is ranked 18 by the percentage of the population of Ukraine, that the Mykolaiv Oblast contain, which is 2.6%.

Age structure

0-14 years: 14.7% (male 88,668/female 83,434)
15-64 years: 70.7% (male 396,342/female 432,808)
65 years and over: 14.6% (male 56,527/female 114,987) (2013 official)

Median age

total: 39.7 years
male: 36.3 years
female: 42.9 years (2013 official)

Ethnicity, language and citizenship

The oblast has a multi-ethnic composition; people of more than 100 ethnicities (national groups) live in the oblast.[5] The most common language in the oblast is Ukrainian; the second most common language is Russian.[6] In the city of Mykolaiv the most common language is Russian.[7]

At the time of the 2001 census, the oblast had 1,269,900 permanent residents.[8] Of these:

  • 1,251,100 (99.1%) had Ukrainian citizenship.[8]
  • 6,400 had citizenship of CIS countries.[8]
  • 10,200 had citizenship of other countries.[8]
  • 4,200 were without citizenship.[8]
  • 1,000 who did not specify their citizenship.[8]
Permanent residents 2001 Language at home 2001 [6] Permanent residents 1989 Language at home 1989 [6]
Number [5] % [5] Ukrainian Russian % [5] Ukrainian Russian
All ethnicities [8] 1,269,900 100.0% 69.2% 29.3% 100.0% 64.2% 33.8%
Ukrainian 1,034,400 81.9% 82.4% 17.5% 75.6%
Russian 177,500 14.1% 6.2% 93.7% 19.4%
Moldavian 13,200 1.0% 28.5% 16.8% 1.3%
Belarussian 8,400 0.7% 21.8% 58.5% 1.1%
Bulgarian 5,600 0.4% 16.9% 53.2% 0.5%
Armenian 4,300 0.3% 7.1% 35.8% 0.1%
Jew 3,300 0.3% 10.1% 87.4% 0.9%
Korean 1,800 0.1% 6.3% 70.8% 0.0%
Azerbaijanian 1,500 0.1% 8.1% 33.3% 0.1%
Gipsy (Roma) 1,400 0.1% 38.7% 15.2% 0.1%
Pole 1,300 0.1% 47.4% 44.1% 0.2%
Tatar 1,300 0.1% 7.3% 73.5% 0.1%
German 1,200 0.1% 26.8% 67.7% 0.1%
Other 7,700 0.7% 13.8% 37.3% 0.5%

Administrative divisions

Mykolaiv Oblast formed in September 1937. It is subdivided into 19 raions (administrative districts), and 4 municipalities (misto) which are directly subordinate to the oblast government.

NameUkrainian NameArea
census 2015[9]
Admin.centerUrban Population Only
MykolaivМиколаїв (місто)260493,860Mykolaiv (city)493,860
PervomaiskПервомайськ (місто)2566,677Pervomaisk (city)66,677
VoznesenskВознесенськ (місто)2335,520Voznesensk (city)35,520
YuzhnoukrainskЮжноукраїнськ (місто)2440,353Yuzhnoukrainsk (city)40,353
Arbuzynka RaionАрбузинський (район)96920,198Arbuzynka8,543
Bashtanka RaionБаштанський (район)1,70637,721Bashtanka12,640
Berezanka RaionБерезанський (район)1,37823,409Berezanka4,120
Bereznehuvate RaionБерезнегуватський (район)1,26420,387Bereznehuvate7,742
Bratske RaionБратський (район)1,12918,037Bratske5,325
Domanivka RaionДоманівський (район)1,45825,500Domanivka6,137
Kazanka RaionКазанківський (район)1,34919,745Kazanka7,207
Kryve Ozero RaionКривоозерський (район)81424,905Kryve Ozero7,823
Mykolaiv RaionМиколаївський (район)1,43030,448Mykolaiv (city)N/A *
Novyi Buh RaionНовобузький (район)1,24331,199Novyi Buh15,566
Nova Odesa RaionНовоодеський (район)1,42833,602Nova Odesa12,108
Ochakiv RaionОчаківський (район)1,50029,949Ochakiv14,489
Pervomaisk RaionПервомайський (район)1,31930,275Pervomaisk (city)N/A *
Snihurivka RaionСнігурівський (район)1,35040,420Snihurivka12,870
Veselynove RaionВеселинівський (район)1,24523,161Veselynove8,060
Vitovka RaionВітовській (район)1,46050,565Mykolaiv (city)N/A *
Voznesensk RaionВознесенський (район)1,39230,562Voznesensk (city)N/A *
Vradiivka RaionВрадіївський (район)80117,611Vradiivka8,391
Yelanets RaionЄланецький (район)1,01815,530Yelanets4,912
Total OblastМиколаївська (Область)24,5851,159,634791,227

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

At a lower level of administration, these district-level administrations are subdivided into:

  • Settlements — 922, including:
    • Villages — 896;
    • Cities/Towns — 21, including:
      • Cities of raion subordinance — 4 (Bashtanka, Novyi Buh, Nova Odesa and Snihurivka);
      • Urban-type settlement — 17;
  • Selsovets — 287.

The local administration of the oblast is controlled by the Mykolaiv Oblast Rada. The governor of the oblast is the Mykolaiv Oblast Rada speaker, appointed by the President of Ukraine.

Infrastructure and economy

Public opinion

During the 1991 referendum, 89.45% of votes in Mykolaiv Oblast were in favor of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine. A survey conducted in December 2014 by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology found 2.1% of the oblast's population supported their region joining Russia, 95.5% did not support the idea, and the rest were undecided or did not respond.[10]

See also


  1. "Zelensky appoints Stadnik head of Mykolaiv regional administration – decree". Interfax-Ukraine. September 19, 2019. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  3. "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  4. Vermenych, Ya. Mykolaiv Oblast (МИКОЛАЇВСЬКА ОБЛАСТЬ). Encyclopedia of History of Ukraine. 2009
  5. National composition of population. About number and composition population of Mykolaiv Region by data All-Ukrainian census of the population 2001, State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, 2003–2004CS1 maint: date format (link)
  6. Linguistic composition of the population. About number and composition population of Mykolaiv Region by data All-Ukrainian census of the population 2001, State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, 2003–2004CS1 maint: date format (link)
  7. In a survey in 2017, 63% of the population of the city of Mykolaiv spoke Russian at home, 7% Ukrainian, and 28% spoke both Ukrainian and Russian equally.
    "Public Opinion Survey of Residents of Ukraine June 9 – July 7, 2017" (PDF). August 2017. p. 89. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 August 2017.
  8. Permanent population. About number and composition population of Mykolaiv Region by data All-Ukrainian census of the population 2001, State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, 2003–2004CS1 maint: date format (link)
  9. "Population Quantity". UkrStat (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  10. Лише 3% українців хочуть приєднання їх області до Росії [Only 3% of Ukrainians want their region to become part of Russia]. Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (in Ukrainian). 3 January 2015.
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