|o Governor||Andriy Balon|
|o Oblast council||64 seats|
|o Chairperson||Oleksandr Chornoivanenko (Batkivshchyna)|
|o Total||24,588 km2 (9,493 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 15th|
|o Rank||Ranked 25th|
|o Density||39/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||UA-35|
|o Regional cities||4|
Kirovohrad Oblast (Ukrainian: ?, translit. Kirovohrads'ka oblast'; also referred to as Kirovohradschyna - Ukrainian: ) is an oblast (province) of Ukraine. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Kropyvnytskyi, formerly known as Kirovohrad. Its population is . Between 1939 and 2016, Kropyvnytskyi was called Kirovohrad and was named after the First Secretary of the Leningrad City Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) Sergei Kirov. Due to decommunization laws (on 14 July 2016) the name of the city was changed to Kropyvnytskyi. Kirovohrad Oblast was not renamed because as such it is mentioned in the Constitution of Ukraine, and the Oblast can only be renamed by a constitutional amendment. On 20 June 2018, the Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Ukrainian parliament backed the proposal to rename Kirovohrad Oblast to Kropyvnytskyi Oblast. The renaming was criticized by Serhiy Lyovochkin on behalf of the Opposition Bloc. In February 2019, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared constitutional the bill on renaming Kirovohrad Oblast to Kropyvnytskyi Oblast.
The area of the province is 24,600 km2 (9,498.11 sq mi).
The city of Dobrovelychkivka is the geographical center of Ukraine.
The oblast was created as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on January 10, 1939 out of the northern raions of Mykolaiv Oblast. In 1954 the oblast lost some raions to the newly created Cherkasy Oblast, but later that year received its western raions from the Odessa Oblast.
The following sites were nominated for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine:
The Kirovohrad Oblast is administratively subdivided into 21 raions (districts) as well as 4 cities (municipalities) which are directly subordinate to the oblast government: Oleksandriia, Svitlovodsk, Znamianka, and the administrative center of the oblast, Kropyvnytskyi.
|Admin.center||Urban Population Only|
|Kropyvnytskyi||? ()||103||239,837||Kropyvnytskyi (city)||231,228|
|Znamianka||?'? ()||15||28,507||Znamianka (city)||23,245|
|Kropyvnytskyi Raion||?||1,600||37,123||Kropyvnytskyi (city)||N/A *|
|Malovyskivs'kyi raion||1,111||43,678||Mala Vyska||20,660|
|Oleksandriys'kyi raion||?||1,854||35,765||Oleksandriia (city)||N/A *|
|Svitlovods'kyi raion||1,219||12,420||Svitlovodsk (city)||N/A *|
|Znamyans'kyi raion||?'?||1,334||23,030||Znamianka (city)||N/A *|
Note: Asterisks (*) Though the administrative center of the rayon is housed in the city/town that it is named after, cities do not answer to the rayon authorities only towns do; instead they are directly subordinated to the oblast government and therefore are not counted as part of rayon statistics.
Most of Ukraine's oblasts are named after their capital cities, officially referred to as "oblast centers" (Ukrainian: , translit. oblasnyi tsentr). The name of each oblast is a relative adjective, formed by adding a feminine suffix to the name of respective center city: Kirovohrad is the center of the Kirovohrads'ka oblast' (Kirovohrad Oblast). Most oblasts are also sometimes referred to in a feminine noun form, following the convention of traditional regional place names, ending with the suffix "-shchyna", as is the case with the Kirovohrad Oblast, Kirovohradshchyna.