Geographical location: The Kharkiv region (Russian: Kharkov) is located in the north-east of Ukraine and borders on the Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Luhansk, Poltava, Sumy and Belgorod regions (Russia).
Area: 31.4 thousand. km
Regional capital: Kharkiv
Population: almost 2.8 million people
Number of internally displaced persons: registered 204 682 persons (as of April 2017), including 117 640 pensioners, 16 677 invalids, 35 595 children
German minority: 1 454 persons (as of 2001)
Languages: Russian, Ukrainian
Cities of regional importance: Kharkiv, Izyum, Kupyansk, Losova, Lyubotyn, Pervomaysky, Chuhujiv
Rural districts: 27 rayons (78 urban settlements, 1,683 villages)
Governor: Yulia Svitlytschna (since October 2016)
Kharkiv at a glance
Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine with about 1.5 million inhabitants
42 Universities and colleges make Kharkiv the most important scientific and educational center of Ukraine after Kiev
The eastern Ukrainian city is considered an important industrial center (including the food industry, chemical industry, electrical industry, machine and rail vehicle construction )
Kharkiv is a major transport hub and a cultural center
Worth seeing are, among others, the Freedom Square – one of the largest squares in Europe – and the Lesopark with the memorial “Mother Homeland”
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