Zhytomyr Region is an ancient, drevlyan, rich land. It streches around
Zhytomyr well-known from the times of Kyiv Rus', the city which has
celebrated its eleven century's anniversary. The land is beautiful in
any season, but especially attractive in summer when the fields are
covered with luxuriant golden ears, and flax spreads like a blue carpet.
Everywhere, as far as one can see, is charming many-coloured attire of
picturesque Polissya Nature.
But fields and woods are not the only riches of the region. Its
treasures are hidden deep in bowels of the earth. They mine here
granites, ilmenites, quarzites, marble, coal... How lovely semi-precious
stones are! One can't help admiring them.
Considerable capacities for manufacture of porcelain, linen cloth,
hoisery, flax fibre, metal-cutting machine tools, saw-timber, paper,
chemical fibre and yarns are concentrated in the region.
Under conditions of economic restructure it is not easy to set up a
business. The companies located in the region are gradually stabilizing
their work, and a half of them are increasing their production volumes.
Reforms are being successively carried through in the agricultural
The economic potential of Zhytomyr Region offers opportunities for
different kinds of business partnership.
In order to create a favourable climate for making investments the Law
of Ukraine "On Special Regime of Investment Activity in the Territories
of Preferential Development in the Zhytomyr Region" was passed on
December 3,1999. Favourable terms are provided both for a national and
The publication which is suggested to your attention contains basic
information describing the region in general.
GENERAL CHARACTERISTIC OF THE REGION AND ITS GEOGRAFIC SITUATION
The territory occupied by the region has been inhabited since ancient
times which fact is witnessed by many archaeological relics of
paleolith. There were discovered rests of Zhytomyr settlement from the
period of early paleolith which is 100 hundred years old.
In the period of neolith (VI-III thousand B.C.) there were over 40
neolitic settlements known.
At the beginning of our era Slavic tribes inhabited already the whole
territory of the region. The group of Slavic tribes, which was the
direct ancestor of the famous from chronicles drevlyan tribe, lived to
the north from the Teteriv in the basin of the rivers Uzh and Sluch in
IV-VII centuries. Iskorosten (now Korosten) referred to in 946 was the
most ancient city and simultaneousely the sit of Princes in the drevlyan
With the formation of feudal state Kyiv Rus' the drevlyan land was one
of the first to join it. In 907 the drevlyans participated in the
victorious campaign against Bysantie spearheaded by Kyiv Prince Oleg.
At the end of the Xlll-th and the beginning of the XlV-th century the
territories of the region were joined to Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
According to the Union of Liublin 1569 which made official the union of
Lithuanian Principality and Poland into a federative state, the
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