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About Ivje District

The Ivie region is situated in the east of the Grodno oblast. It borders on Lithuania, the Oshmyany, Lida, Novogrudok and Voronovo regions of the Grodno oblast, the Volozhin and Stolbtsy regions of the Minsk oblast.

The region was founded on January 15, 1940. Its area is 1.9 thousand square kilometers.

The population is 29,8 thousand people, with urban population accounting for 27.8% of the total region’s dwellers. The average density is 17 people per one square kilometer. The center of the region is the town of Ivie. It is 158km away from Grodno and 10km away from the railway station Gavya. Ivie has motorway connections with Minsk, Lida, Novogrudok, Vilnius. A railway from Grodno to Molodechno passes the region.

In 1986 the Ivie region was affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe. Some 78 settlements are under permanent radiation control, two settlements are located in the resettlement zone.

The region is situated within the bounds of the Lida plain in the north and the Neman lowland in the south.

Minerals: peat, sans, gravel, construction sands, chalk, clays.

The climate is mild and humid. The average temperature in winter is -6 °C and in summer is +17 °C.

The total length of rivers is 762 km. The largest rivers are the Neman (33.2 km, Berezina (62.2km), Gavya (71.6 km), Kleva (42.8km).

There are three natural and 12 artificial lakes in the region with the total are of 200 hectares.

Forests occupy 44.8% of the region’s territory. Farm lands account for 43.2%, of them 65.6% is arable lands, hayfields and pastures account for 33.7%, marshes – for 4.7%.  The National Park Nalibokskaya Pushcha occupies 5,7 thousand hectares. There is also a biologic reserve Urochishche Krasnoye (218 hectares) and a landscape reserve Razdory (135 hectares). Hunting area is over 151,000 hectares. Forests are rich in elks, boars, deer, foxes, otters, beaver-rats and others.