Dnipropetrovsk Oblast is the central region of Ukraine, located on the river Dnieper. It consists of 22 districts, 20 towns, and more than 1400 villages. The area of the oblast is 31, 914 square km which makes it the second largest city in Ukraine and the second most populated town with the population of more than 3 million people. There are many rivers on the territory of the region; the largest of them are the Dnieper, the Samara, the Volchya, etc. Dnipropetrovsk Oblast was founded in 1932, city Dnipropetrovsk was created in 1776 according to the decree of Ekaterina the Second. The biggest cities of the oblast are Kryvyi Rih, Dniprodzershynsk and Nikopol. The state language is Ukrainian but most of people speak Russian. As for the national composition of the population, nearly 80% of people are Ukrainians, 18% — Russians, 0, 8% — Byelorussians, other nationalities are Jews, Armenians, Azeris and other.
The climate of Dnipropetrovsk region is moderately continental. The Dnieper affects the climate; it raises the level of humidity during spring and autumn period. Winter is rather mild with often thaws, summer is warm and dry.
Though the city is mostly industrial, there are some attractions. The embankment of the river Dnieper which has been lately renovated is the place where people can always take a walk and watch this mighty river about which the famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko described in his verses. In Dneprodzershinsk you can visit the Church of Saint Nikolay, raft along the river Samara and see the picturesque villages situated on the banks of it. Ancient church in the village Sulitskiy which is located on the right bank of the Dnieper and dates back to 1812 and Samarsky Monastery are the perfect examples of ancient churches. Samarsky forest is a national park where you can see a lot of kinds of animals and plants.
Most of the buildings in the administrative centre of the oblast Dnipropetrovsk are built in a Soviet architectural style so it is a nice opportunity for those who travel to Ukraine to plunge into this atmosphere.