Rivne region is situated in the Northwestern part of Ukraine and
occupies an area of 20.1 thousand square kilometres, that is 3.3% of the
total territory of Ukraine. The region borders on Zhytomyr,
Khmelnytskyi, Ternopil, Lviv and Volyn regions of Ukraine as well as on
Gomel and Brest regions of Byelorussia.
In the sense of political division, the region has 16 districts, 4
cities of regional and 6 cities of district subordination.
The population of Rivne region is 1.2 million people, which is 2.3% of
the population of Ukraine.
Favourable geographical position of the region contributed to the
development of road and railway networks and to the developing of its
The region is crossed by the highways Kyiv-Warsaw, Kyiv-Brest, Kyiv-Lviv
The airport of Rivne is available to receive all kinds of air transport.
There are more than 615 deposits of treasures of the soil located on the
territory of the region, being exploited only 80 of them. Rivne region
gives about a third of all feldspar, 20% of chalk, more than 10% of
kaolin, between 5 and 8% of facing stone and quarry stone extracted in
Ukraine, as well as basalt, raw material for cement manufacture, mineral
waters, etc. Lately the prospective for the development of the deposits
of phosphate and native copper had been developed; there are positive
showings of diamonds and precious stones. The priorities are: the
projects efficient development of more than 100 deposits of facing stone
and quarry stone, basalt, amber and phosphates. 19 of 35 located
deposits of quarry stone are being developed. In the eastern part of the
region there are 8 deposits of facing stone (pink and blue-grey
granites), situated at the depth that makes possible their open working.
It is possible to increase the extract of decorative stones (diorite,
diabases and habroides).
The forestry of the region counts with the area of 853 thousand
hectares, 794 thousand hectares is covered with forests; the total
reserve of timber is 672.1 hectares.
The leading branches of the regional economy are industry and
agriculture. The region is known in Ukraine for the manufacture of
fibreboards, plywood, chemical fertilizers, cement, amber, agricultural,
meat and milk products.
The main directions for the development of the agriculture are growing
cereals, potatoes, processing of sugar beet, long-fibred flax and
livestock breeding. The total area of the agricultural grounds is 916.2
The development of the foreign-economic activity is one of the efficient
mechanism for the solving of the tasks for economic and social
development and contribution to restructuring of the economy of the
region its districts and cities, satiation of its market with goods and
services, elevation of paying capacity of the population, introduction
of new technologies and employment of the population.
One of the positive tendencies in the region’s economy for the last four
years has been the increasing of the foreign trade turnover. Just
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