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View of Vygoda.
|• City Chairman||Mychajlo Maceliuk|
|• Total||1,590 km2 (610 sq mi)|
|Elevation||400 m (1,300 ft)|
|• Density||143/km2 (370/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||+380 3477|
Vygoda (Ukrainian: Вигода, also Wygoda, Vigoda) is a town located in Dolyna Raion in Ivano-Frankivsk province, approximately 120 km from Lviv. Vygoda became a town in 1940 and lies on the river Svicha.
Vygoda's history started in the 19th century and was closely connected with the activity of Baron Leopold Popper von Podhragy. In 1873, Baron Leopold Popper von Podhragy opened a branch office in Pacykiv (a small village near Vygoda, which since 1966 is a part of Vygoda) after buying the domain Vygoda which consisted of approximately 35.000 hectars. At that time, the Popper's firm (at the time the company was the largest timber industry venture worldwide) specialized in logging, processing and sale of wood. In 1880s, the Baron installed the first 18 gang sawmill in the area close to Vygoda, many more saw mills followed. The Baron opened the first ever College of the Timber Industry in Vygoda which was unique worldwide and the first in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Svicha river was used by Popper's firm as the way to transport wood from mountains to sawmill. However, this way of wood transport was not perfect since river was often blocked by the wood flooding living area. That is why in 1883 the railroad was built by Baron Popper von Podhragy from the district center Dolyna to Vygoda. This year (1883) is the official data of Vygoda's founding. At the end of 19th century, Vygoda became to develop drastically and in 1895 there were water and steam sawmills, the plant of wood frames of musical instruments, mill, railway station. In 1897, the chemical plant specialized on wood alteration was built by German Peter Wergan. The Vygoda's inhabitants took part in the First and the Second World War.
Vygoda is located at the base of the Carpathian Mountains, approximately 120 km from the Lviv and 70 km from the Ivano-Frankivsk. The average altitude of Vygoda is 400 m (1,312.34 ft) above sea level.
Vygoda's climate is humid continental (Köppen climate classification Dfb). The average temperatures are −6 °C (21 °F) in January and 25 °C (77 °F) in June. Average annual rainfall is 600 mm (26 inches) with the maximum being in summer. Cloud coverage averages 70 days per year.
- 2002: 2278 inhabitants
The population of Vygoda consist mainly of Ukrainians.
Vygoda is divided into three raions (districts).
The public transportation is mainly represented by small buses and taxi. Large buses are not commonly used. The price (as of January 2011[update]) of a one-way single ride in a taxi from Vygoda to Dolyna (district center) is 2.5 UAH regardless of the distance traveled. No tickets are provided – and the money is paid to the driver. The connection between Vygoda and near villages are provided by small buses which are going from district center Dolyna through Vygoda. The price depends on distance, and in average is 2 UAH per 10 km (as of January 2011[update]). Also, the motorway Dolyna - Khust is going through Vygoda, using which, one can reach Zakarpattia Oblast by buses or cars.
Vygoda is a city of one religion - Christian. There are two Christian churches, which represent two Christian groups: The Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox.
Theatre and opera
Vygoda has one high school, one kindergarten and one music school. The music school was opened in 1970, as the small children school with few teachers. However, now it is a big school located on the coner of V. Tereshkova and Zavodska Str with about 200 students.
There is broad variety of sport activities in Vygoda: light athletics, volleyball, basketball, tourism, etc. All sport activities are closely connected with high school. Mainly the teachers of the school's physical education are training the students.