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Zakarpattya or Transcarpathia (Закарпатська область, Zakarpats’ka oblast’ in Ukrainian) is an oblast' (region) of Ukraine. Its capital is Uzhhorod. Other important cities are Mukachiv and Chop, Ukraine (the bordertown housing various transportation infrustructure).
Earlier history of the area is elaborated at Carpathian Ruthenia, it's former name.
Although ethnic Ukrainians (rather Ruthenians) are in majority here, other ethnic groups are relatively numerous in Zakarpattya. The largest those are Hungarians, Romanians and Slovaks. Their languages and culture are respected by providing national school education, clubs etc. Zakarpatia is home to approximately 25,000 ethnic Roma (otherwise known as gypsies, the largest population of Roma in Ukraine.
The area of the region is 12,800 km²; its population (as of 2004-05-01 ) is 1.2 million people.
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