Kherson region is a southern region of Ukraine. Its outstanding geographical location in the estuary of the Dnieper, on the crossing of transport routes which also include the outlet to the two seas - the Black Sea and the Sea of Asov, combined with favourable climate conditions and an outstanding human potential provides with huge possibilities for development of commercial and economic connections and for favourable investment cooperation.


The Region lies in the Black Sea Lowland and its territory is divided by the Dnieper, the biggest water artery of the country and the third largest river of Europe. It is washed by several seas - the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, man-made Kakhovka’s sea and salt lake Siwash. In the region there are 19 large and small rivers, and the most extensive irrigation system in Europe, an area of which is more than 400 hectares. It borders with the Zaporozhye region in the east and the Dniepropetrovsk region in the north. In the north-west it borders with the Nikolayev region and in the south - the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Kherson region is included in the southern economic region of Ukraine which is agricultural and industrial. It has about 2 million hectares of agricultural land and the most arable lands in Ukraine.

The territory of the Region takes up 25,000 sq.km (4.7 per cent of the territory of Ukraine). It consists of 18 administrative districts, 8 towns including Kherson as the capital, and more than 800 villages. The population of Kherson region is equal to 1,1 million people (nearly 40 per cent of its inhabitants live in rural areas).

Its location within the boundaries of the Black Sea Lowland explains for prevalence of steppe landscapes on its entire territory. In Kherson region there are two of the three National Reservations - the Askania Nova reservation and the Black Sea State Reservation which are well known in the world for their unique flora and fauna.


Natural resources are mainly deposits of non-metallic construction materials: cement and brick, tile clay, marl, limestone, mortar sand. The seaside territories of the Region are included into the South Ukrainian region which is rich in petrol and natural gas. The Strelkovoye deposit of natural gas situated in Arabatskaya Strelka is under development. There are also deposits of mineral waters, and a deposit of iodine thermal waters, the only in Ukraine. There are two big centers for extraction of sodium chloride (common salt) on the territory of the Region. Sea salt for curative and cosmetics purposes is also extracted. Recently, considerable deposits of phosphorite and bauxite has been found on the right bank of the Dnieper.

Mild climate and black earth soils together with many sunny days throughout a year (vegetation period numbers 200 days) provides favourable conditions for growing of grain crops, vegetables, the development of gardening and wine - growing. Splendid sandy sea beaches, picturesque river landscapes, curative combination of the sun and the steppe wind favour the development of  recreation and tourist complex.

Kherson Region welcomes you with the emerald greenness of its trees all along the Dnieper and a variety of colourful flowers warmed with the sun and the local hospitality!

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