|• Total||657 km2 (254 sq mi)|
|• Density||11.95/km2 (31.0/sq mi)|
Yaremche (Ukrainian: Яремчe, Polish: Jaremcze or Jaremcza) is a city in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (province) of west Ukraine. The city is a raion itself including one urbanized village Vorokhta, a ski resort, and five other villages: Mykulychyn, Polianytsia, Tatariv, Voronenko, and Yablunytsia. The city's population is 7,850 (2001) at the altitude of around 580m above mean sea level (near 2,000 feet). The total population of the whole municipality is 20,821 with 11.330 living in Yaremche and Vorokhta.
Yaremche hosts the headquarters of the nearby Carpathian National Nature Park.
|Note: Population of Vorokhta included
2010 data is valid thru October
Source: Regional Statistics Office
Possible root of the word "Yaremche" from Turkish. In Turkic languages "yarım" means "half" and "yarımca" means "little half". It was established in 1787 and received the status of a city on December 30, 1977. In interwar period (1918–1939) it belonged to Poland and was the most popular tourist center in eastern part of the Carpathian Mountains (in late 1920s more than 6 000 guests came there yearly). Yaremche was growing year by year in importance and number of tourists. According to some, it had a chance to achieve same importance as other key Polish mountain spas, Zakopane and Krynica. However, in September 1939 it was captured by Soviet troops and became a part of Soviet Union as part of the Ukrainian SSR. During the World War II it was part of the Distrikt Galizien and was liberated by the Soviet forces in 1944. On December 30, 1977 the city of Yaremcha became a municipality within the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. Since 1991 it became a part of the independent Ukraine.
There are a number of interesting houses with long sloping roofs. There is a wooden Orthodox church and an impressive rail viaduct, located over the Prut valley at the height of 30 meters (98 feet). Next to this there is a swinging bridge which you can walk over for ₴ 1 (~2005? year).
On December 14, 2006, the Parliament of Ukraine, officially renamed the city from Yaremcha to "Yaremche". The decision was based on the results of city referendum, as well as the recommendations of City Council, and Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Council.
In June 2009, the footbridge fell down and is no longer walkable.
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