Dnepropetrovsk region is located in south-eastern part of Ukraine in the basin of the middle and lower streams of Dnieper, the largest region of the Central Ukraine. The region was formed on Feb. 27, 1932, it occupies the territory of 31.9 thousand square km or 5.3% of the country.
Dnepropetrovsk region is predominantly flat - in the west there is Pridneprovskaya upland, in the north - Pridneprovskaya lowland, south-east – spurs of Priazovskaya Upland.
The climate is temperate continental with mild winter with little snow and warm summer. The main river Dnieper crosses the region in its central part, within the region there is the Dnieper water reservoir, the parts of Dneprodzerzhinsk and Kakhovka reservoirs, there are forests along the river valleys.
The region is inhabited by 3.5 million people, representing 7.5% of the population of Ukraine. The urban population is about 3 million people or 84%, and rural - only about 16% of all residents of the area. According to national census, in the Dnepropetrovsk region dwell the representatives of over 130 nationalities.
The vast majority of the population is Ukrainians (70%), here lives the largest regional community of Ukrainians. The second place is occupied by Russians, who accounted for about 25% of the total population of the region. The most densely populated areas are along the Dnepr and the main railroad linking the Donbass and Krivoy Rog.
The administrative-territorial structure of the area: 22 administrative districts, 13 towns of regional submission, 7 towns of district subordination, 48 settlements. The administrative centre is the city of Dnepropetrovsk, the major cities are Krivoy Rog, Dneprodzerzhinsk, Pavlograd, Nikopol.
The region is rich in various minerals, including iron ore deposits, the Nikopol manganese ore basin, as well as deposits of uranium and titanium ore, bauxite, nickel and cobalt. Fuel and energy resources are stocks of coal and lignite, natural gas and oil.
In Dnepropetrovsk region there is created a solid industrial complex. The leading industries are mining of iron and manganese ore, coal, machinery, electric power, chemical industry. Agriculture specializes in the cultivation of grain, sugar beets, sunflowers, there is well developed fruit and vegetable production and livestock meat and dairy areas.