|Largest cities||Gomel – 481,200|
Mazyr – 111,800
Zhlobin – 72,800
Cities – 17
Urban localities – 278
Villages – 2,608
|• Total||40,361.66 km2 (15,583.72 sq mi)|
|• Density||35/km2 (92/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||BY-HO|
very high · 4th
Gomel Region or Homyel’ Voblasc’ (Belarusian: Го́мельская во́бласць, Homielskaja vobłasć, Russian: Гомельская область) is one of the regions of Belarus. Its administrative center is Gomel. The total area of the region is 40,400 square kilometres (15,600 sq mi), the population in 2011 stood at 1,435,000 with the number of inhabitants per km2 at 36.
Both the Gomel Region and the Mogilev Region suffered severely after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe. The Gomel Province borders the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in places, and parts of it is designated as mandatory or voluntary resettlement areas as a result of the radioactive contamination.
Cities and towns
- Gomel (Belarusian: Го́мель) – 481,200
- Mazyr (Belarusian: Мазы́р) – 111,800
- Zhlobin (Belarusian: Жло́бін) – 72,800
- Svietlahorsk (Belarusian: Светлаго́рск) – 71,700
- Rechytsa (Belarusian: Рэчыца) – 66,200
- Kalinkavichy (Belarusian: Калінкавічы) – 37,900
- Rahachow (Belarusian: Рагачоў) – 34,700
- Dobrush (Belarusian: Добруш) – 19,300
- Zhytkavichy (Belarusian: Жыткавічы) – 16,900
- Khoyniki (Belarusian: Хойнікі) – 14,200
- Pietrykaw (Belarusian: Петрыкаў) – 10,600
- Yel’sk (Belarusian: Ельск) – 10,000
- Buda-Kashalyova (Belarusian: Буда-Кашалёва) – 9,500
- Naroulia (Belarusian: Нароўля) – 8.200
- Vietka (Belarusian: Ветка) – 7,800
- Chachersk (Belarusian: Чачэрск) – 7,700
- Vasilievichy (Belarusian: Васілевічы) – 4,500
- Brahin (Belarusian: Брагін) –- 3,700
- Turov (Belarusian: Ту́раў) – 3,200
City municipalities: Gomel, Mazyr.
Gomel Region borders Mogilev Region to the north, Brest Region to the west, Russia (Bryansk Oblast) to the east and Ukraine (Chernihiv Oblast, Kiev Oblast and Zhytomyr Oblast) to the south and southeast.
Gomel Region is a major transport hub. Major railway junctions include Gomel, Zhlobin, and Kalinkavichy. Gomel is located at the intersection of the highways 95E Odessa – Kiev – St. Petersburg, Bakhmach – Vilnius, and M10 Bryansk – Brest. River transport is also common in the region with regular navigation on the Pripyat, Dnieper and Berezina rivers.
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