Odessa Oblast

The Odessa Oblast (Ukrainian Одеська область / Odeska oblast, Russian Одесская область / Odesskaja oblast ) is one of 25 administrative units of Ukraine ( oblasts of Ukraine) and has about 2.4 million inhabitants ( 2012).


The Odessa Oblast located in the southwest of Ukraine with access to the Black Sea, which also represents the southeastern border.

It consists of 2 historic landscapes: east of the Dniester is Jedisan while west of it lies the southern part of Bessarabia as Budschak. This is also the largest natural lake in Ukraine, of the 149 km ² large Jalpuhsee.

To the west lies Moldova and southern Romania. The Once part of Romania Snake Island is part of the Odessa Oblast. The Vinnytsia Oblast is located in the north of the oblast, on the east the Mykolaiv Oblast. In the northeast of the Southern Bug is the limit to Kirovohrad Oblast.

The oblast was established in the Association of Ukrainian SSR in 1932 and got its present area extent with the incorporation of the Izmail Oblast in February 1954.

With the construction of a dam for the Sassyk Lake 1978 210 km ² large freshwater lake is formed in the dry western part of the oblast.

Administrative divisions

The Odessa oblast is divided into a total of 26 Rajone and seven directly below the Oblastverwaltung cities. This includes the following cities:

  • Bilhorod - Dnistrovskyi ( Belgorod- Dnestrowski )
  • Illichivsk ( Illitschowsk )
  • Ismail ( Ismail )
  • Juschne ( Yuzhnoye )
  • Kotowsk
  • Odessa
  • Teplodar

Rajone the Odessa Oblast with data

Larger cities


Since Ukraine has gained independence, the population of the Odessa Oblast is declining. In recent years, the population has stabilized in the Oblast. The proportion of Russians, Belarusians and Jews has dropped significantly, while the share of Ukrainians has increased significantly.