Capital city (regional centre) – Rivne
Rivne region is situated in the north-western part of Ukraine. The area of the territory is more than 20 thou sq km with the total population over million people. The region borders on Volyn, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi, Ternopil, Lviv regions. In the north of Rivnenshchyna there is a frontier with Belarus, in particular with Brest and Gomyel regions. The distance from Rivne to Kyiv by rail train is 391 km, by highway – 321 km. 4 international transport corridors cross the territory of Rivne region: Crete transport corridor # 3 (Krakowec-Lviv-Rivne-Kyiv), Crete transport corridor # 5 (Kosyn-Chop-Lviv-Rivne-Sarny-Minsk), Europe-Asia (joint with Crete transport corridor # 3), Baltic sea – Black sea (Jagodyn-Kovel-Lutsk-Ternopil-ports of Black sea).
Natural and Recreational Potential
171 river with total length of 4459 km flow through Rivne region. The biggest regional lakes are Nobel (with area of 4,7 sq km) and Bile (with area of 4,5 sq km). The area of regional forest resources is 853 thou hectares. Rivne region has 227 territories and objects of natural reserve resources including 17 reserves of state importance.
Favourable climatic conditions, considerable forest tracts, rivers, lakes, therapeutic peat mud and mineral waters etc. determine the main recreational resources of this land. There are 6 sanatoriums and pensions with treatment, and a number of child camps in the region.
Rivne land is famous with its deposits of minerals. In general there are 77 different deposits of solid minerals in the region. Nowadays raw material potential of the region includes more than 600 explored mineral deposits of state and local importance. Polissya bowels are rich in kaolin, facing, sown and building stones. There are considerable fields of raw materials for the manufacture of mineral fibre, brick and tiled ware, cement and glassware, agrochemical goods and carbonates. The source of mineral phosphate raw materials is explored. The deposits of native copper are discovered in the region. However, the most unique fields from the geological point of view are deposits of basalt and amber (Rivne region is a monopolist in amber mining and processing in Ukraine).
Rivnenshchyna is an industrial and agricultural region.
The main products of the region are: electricity, fertilizers, cement, glass, chipboard, plywood, non-woven materials, high-voltage electrical equipment, sugar, milk and meat.
In compliance with the measures of the Strategy of economic and social development of Rivne region till 2015 "Western Gate", many plants realize a number of projects for technical re-equipment, introduction of modern technologies, and creation of new industries.
In particular, PJSC "Rivneazot" put into operation new units, which gave an opportunity to increase the amount of ammonia production. The company also started a generator turbine for steam utilization from aggregates of ammonia and nitric acid, which will save energy by producing its own electricity. The investment project "Implementation of hydrogen extraction from blower gases of ammonia manufactory unit" is still in progress.
An export-oriented Ltd. "Morgan Feniche", which produces upholstered furniture, was created at idle production areas of PJSC "Rivnesilmash". The company provided workplaces for 360 locals. It is expected to create nearly one thousand workplaces by 2015.
A modern enterprise LLC "T-Style", which has the only in Ukraine full cycle line for stockinet of German company "Vruckner" was created on the production area of Rivne flax factory.
PJSC "Volyn-Cement" continues to implement the investment project "Technical upgrading of milling section."
Construction of the waste processing plant is completed, and installation of equipment is in process. Technology of production provides solid waste processed into substance, which will be used as an alternative fuel for PJSC "Volyn-Cement".
In September 2012, modern computerized elevator complex of LLC "Radyvylivskyi elevator" with total area of 49 thousand square meters was put into service. The turnover of the elevator (grain pass) will be around 100 thousand tons per year. The company installed equipment of American firms «Behlen» and «Intersystems».
Foreign Trade and Inter-regional Cooperation
Rivnenshchyna cooperates with a number of regions abroad on the base of agreement on co-operation. In particular, there are agreements with the representatives of the following regions: Warmian-Masurian and Lublin Voivodeships in Poland, Zhejiang Province in China, Astrakhan Region in Russian Federation, and Brest Region in Belarus. The spheres of cooperation include economics, investment, culture, “green” tourism, environment, education, renewable energy, etc. Rivne region also participates in the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013.
Prince, Kyiv voevode, famous political and cultural figure Kostyantyn-Vasyl Kostyantynovych Ostroz’ky (1526-1608), the first President of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk (born in 1934 in Velykyi Zhytyn village, Rivne region), scientist, the Nobel Prize laureate (1992) Hryhoriy Kharpak (born in 1924 in Dubrovytsya, Rivne region), repeated champion of Ukraine in swimming, twice champion of Europe, record-holder of European championship Anna Khlistunova etc.
Historical and Cultural Heritage
There is a wide infrastructure of cultural establishments in the region. There are 2 theatres and a Regional Museum of Local Lore, History and Economy in the regional centre, Rivne, as well as 295 museums and museum rooms in the region.
Rivne region is known for its festivals. Throughout the years a number of festivals, well-known among the enthusiasts of Ukrainian traditions, culture and modern art are held in the area. In particular, they are folklore festival “Koliada”, festival of child choral singing “Vesniani dzvinochky” (“Spring Bellflowers”), festival of youth traditional folk culture “Drevlianski dzherela” (“Drevlians’[*] Springs”), festival of student theatres of pop miniatures “Shalantukh” etc. The Ukrainian young amateur film festival “DVERY” which appeared in the region last year also masterfully made itself known.
The region has got a great number of attractive tourist and excursion objects. The most famous ones among the admirers of Ukrainian history are the following: state historical and cultural reserve in Ostroh, state historical and cultural reserve in Dubno, historical and memorial reserve “Pole Berestetskoyi Bytvy” (“Field of Berestechko Battle”), state museum-reserve “Kozatski mohyly” (”Cossack Tombs”), ХV–ХVІІ centuries monastery-fortress, ХVІ century Lutsk Gate, ХVІ century synagogue, ХV–ХVІІ centuries St. Trinity monastery-fortress etc. In 2011 Rivnenshchyna celebrated the opening of one more attractive tourist object. Within the framework of the celebration of the 450th anniversary of Peresopnytsia Gospel[†] at the end of August there was a “Peresopnytsia Cultural and Archaeological Centre” opened in Peresopnytsia village (Rivne district). The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych took part in the opening ceremony and the celebration in general. From now on the exact copy of the Facsimile Edition of the Peresopnytsia Gospel will stay in the museum of the Ukrainian old print of the Peresopnytsia Gospel which is the part of the centre. The President of Ukraine holily handed it over to the Museum during the opening of the centre.
Educational and Scientific Potential
Skill level of regional labour force is one of the highest in Western part of Ukraine.
More than 50 thou students study in over 30 educational establishments of І-IV accreditation levels including 4 universities (two of them have national status).
Among the educational establishments well-known in Ukraine and abroad, there are National University of Water Management and Natural Resources Use, Rivne State Humanitarian University, National University “Ostroh Academy”. The scientists of regional educational establishments communicate with educational institutions of Poland, Germany, USA, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Algeria, Canada, Russia, Republic of Belarus. This communication contributes to further integration of the region to world science. 13 organizations with the staff of 52 doctors and 750 Candidates of sciences conduct scientific and technical research and elaboration in the region.