Rakhiv (Рахів; Рахово, translit. Rakhovo; Rahó; Rahău; Рахов, translit. Rakhov; ראחוב , Rakhev, Rakhyv) is a city located in the Zakarpattia Oblast (province) in western Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Rakhivskyi Raion (district).


As of 2001, the city population was 15,241 inhabitants which included:

  • 83.8% Ukrainians
  • 11.6% Hungarians
  • 3.2% Romanians
  • 0.8% Russians


Rakhiv, or more precisely, the village Dilove located close to it, is one of several European locations vying for the symbolic right to be Geographical centre of Europe. The sign in Dilove (pictured) located at , the point calculated in 1887 by the Austro-Hungarian geographers, carries a latin iscription: "Locus Perennis Dilicentissime cum libella librationis quae est in Austria et Hungaria confectacum mensura gradum meridionalium et paralleloumierum Europeum. MD CCC LXXXVII."

The Headquarters of | Carpathian Biosphere Reserve are located in Rakhiv.

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