Talk:Mykolaiv Oblast

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Language[edit]

An editor has questioned the need to mention that the Russian language is the most common language in the city of Nikolaev (a.k.a. Mykolaiv).

At the time of the 2001 census, the population of the oblast was about 1,269,900, of whom Russian was the language spoken at home for 29.3% - i.e. about 372,000. At that time the population of the city of Nikolaev was about 493,860. A survey in 2017, 63% of the population of the city of Nikolaev spoke Russian at home, 7% Ukrainian, and 28% spoke both Ukrainian and Russian equally. These days a lot of people in southern cities speak both Russian and Ukrainian at home. 63% of 493,860 is about 311,000. That leaves only about 61,000 people speaking the Russian language at home in the rest of the oblast. As Anne Applebaum said last year, the cities are "islands of the Russian-speakers".-- Toddy1 (talk) 07:38, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

"Nationality" in demographic data[edit]

In the English-language 2001 census documents published by the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, the term "nationality" has been used. It has not been used to mean citizenship - 99.1% of people from the oblast had Ukrainian citizenship, and 81.9% had Ukrainian nationality.

Many readers of Wikipedia believe that "nationality" is the same as citizenship. In the USSR this was not the case. The State Statistics Committee of Ukraine has inherited this understanding of the term. To avoid confusion, the demographic data uses the label "ethnicity". In order to allow users to see what has been done, the table also includes the term "nationality" with a link to an article on national delimitation in the Soviet Union because this explains the concept.-- Toddy1 (talk) 07:53, 24 August 2018 (UTC)