Мі́нская во́бласць Минская о́бласть
|Largest cities||Minsk - 1,780,000
Barysaw - 150,400
Salihorsk - 101,400
Maladzechna - 98,514
Cities - 22
Urban localities - 20
|• Total||40,200 km2 (15,500 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||345 m (1,132 ft)|
|• Density||37/km2 (100/sq mi)|
Minsk Voblasc (Province) or Minsk Oblast (Belarusian: Мі́нская во́бласць, [ˈmʲinskaja ˈvobɫasʲtsʲ]; Russian: Минская о́бласть; Minskaya Oblast) is a province (voblast) of Belarus with its administrative center being Minsk, although still being a separate administrative subdivision of Belarus. As of 2004, the voblast's population is 1,503,000, which comprises 15.3% of the national total.
The Minsk oblast covers a total area of 40,800 km², about 19.44% of the national total. In the northern part of the oblast, is the Lake Narach, the largest lake of the country. It is the only province of Belarus whose border is not part of the international border of Belarus.
Since the beginning of X century, the territory of the current Minsk region was part of Kievan Rus'. Then, she was part of the Principality of Polotsk, and after the formation of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania came into its composition. After the unification of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
In 1793, as a result of the second partition of Poland territory of the region was annexed by Russia and became a member of the Minsk Oblast. During the collapse of the Russian Empire and the Civil War, the western part became part of Poland in 1921, and the east - Soviet Belarus.
Minsk region was formed January 15, 1938 based on the Law of the USSR of 15.01.1938 on the amendment of the Constitution of the USSR. On February 20, 1938 the area included 20 districts.
September 20, 1944 by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Gressky, Kopyl, Krasnoslobodski, Luban, Slutsky and Starobin, Starodorozhski districts and city Sluck spun off from the Minsk region and transferred to the formed Bobruisk Region.
On January 8, 1954 by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from the defunct Baranovichi region of the Minsk oblast went dumplings Nesvizhski and Stolbtsovsky areas, from the defunct Bobruisk oblast went Glusk, Gressky, Kopyl, Krasnoslobodski, Luban, Slutsky and Starobin, Starodorozhski areas and the city Sluck. In 1960, after the abolition of Molodechno its southern part became the northern part of the Minsk region.
Administrative subdivisions 
Cities and towns 
- Minsk (Belarusian: Мінск; Russian: Минск) - 1,901,700
- Barysaw (Belarusian: Бары́саў; Russian: Бори́сов) - 180,100
- Salihorsk (Belarusian: Салігóрск; Russian: Солигорск) - 102,335
- Maladzyechna (Belarusian: Маладзе́чна; Russian: Молоде́чно) - 98,514
- Slutsk (Belarusian: Слуцк; Russian: Слуцк) - 62,300
- Zhodzina (Belarusian: Жодзiна; Russian: Жодино) - 61,800
- Vileyka (Belarusian: Вiлéйка; Russian: Вилейка) - 30,000
- Dzyarzhynsk (Belarusian: Дзяржы́нск; Russian: Дзержинск) - 24,600
- Maryina Horka (Belarusian: Мар'іна Горка; Russian: Марьина Горка) - 23,400
- Stoŭptsy (Belarusian: Стóўбцы; Russian: Столбцы) - 16,900
- Nezhevka (Belarusian: Нежевка)
- Nyasvizh (Belarusian: Нясьві́ж; Russian: Несвиж) - 14,300
- Smalyavichy (Belarusian: Смалявічы; Russian: Смолевичи) - 14,200
- Zasłaŭje (Belarusian: Заслáўе; Russian: Заславль) - 13,500
- Fanipol (Belarusian: Фаніпаль; Russian: Фаниполь) - 13,200
- Berazino (Belarusian: Беразінó; Russian: Березино) - 13,100
- Lyuban (Belarusian: Любань; Russian: Любань) - 11,800
- Staryya Darohi (Belarusian: Старыя Дарогі; Russian: Старые Дороги) - 11,700
- Valozhyn (Belarusian: Вало́жын; Russian: Воло́жин) - 11,400
- Lahojsk (Belarusian: Лагойск; Russian: Логойск) - 11,000
- Kapyl (Belarusian: Капыль; Russian: Копыль) - 10,700
- Kletsk (Belarusian: Клецк; Russian: Клецк) - 10,600
- Cherven (Belarusian: Чэрвень; Russian: Червень) - 10,500
- Uzda (Belarusian: Узда; Russian: Узда) - 10,000
- Krupki (Belarusian: Крупкі; Russian: Крупки) - 8,300
- Myadzel (Belarusian: Мядзел; Russian: Мя́дель) - 7,100
Notes and references 
- Seat of the Voblast but administratively separated
See also 
Media related to Minsk Region at Wikimedia Commons
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