Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ukraine – Czernowitz – 70 Years of Regional Autonomy

Czernowitz is a city on the Prut River in western Ukraine. It is the capital of the historic area of Bukovina and of the administrative region (oblast) of Chernivtsi. Chernivtsi is the administrative center of Chernivtsi Oblast (province) in southwestern Ukraine. The city is situated on the upper course of the River Prut, a tributary of the Danube, in the northern part of historic region of Bukovina, which is currently divided between Romania and Ukraine. At the time of the 2001 Ukrainian Census, the population of the city was 240,600.
Together with the city of Lviv, Chernivtsi is viewed at present to be a cultural centers of western Ukraine. The city is also considered one of modern Ukraine's greatest cultural and educational centers. Historically, as a cultural and architectural center, Chernivtsi was even dubbed Little Vienna, Jerusalem upon the Prut, or the European Alexandria. Chernivtsi is currently twinned with seven other cities around the world. The city is also a major point of railway and highway crossings in the region, and houses an international airport. My friend Stan sent me this card on the important occasion of the 70 Years of Regional Autonomy.

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