Vylkove (Ukrainian: Ви́лкове, pronounced [ˈwɪɫkowe]; Russian: Вилково; Romanian: Vâlcov) is a small city located in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta, at utmost southwest of Ukraine, on the border with Romania. Administratively it is part of Izmail Raion (district) of Odessa Oblast (region). Population: 7,804 (2021 est.)[1]

Bilohorodsky Canal - the main canal in Vylkove
Bilohorodsky Canal - the main canal in Vylkove
Coat of arms of Vylkove
Vylkove is located in Odessa Oblast
Location of Vylkove
Vylkove is located in Ukraine
Vylkove (Ukraine)
Coordinates: 45°23′57″N 29°35′37″E / 45.39917°N 29.59361°E / 45.39917; 29.59361Coordinates: 45°23′57″N 29°35′37″E / 45.39917°N 29.59361°E / 45.39917; 29.59361
Country Ukraine
Oblast Odessa Oblast
RaionIzmail Raion
City rights1762
 • Total4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total7,804
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,400/sq mi)
Postal code
Area code(s)+380 4843


Vylkove is located inside the Danube Delta marshlands, which makes grain growing almost impossible, thus making fishery in the Danube, delta lakes and in the Black Sea the main occupation of the local people. In addition, the city is famous for its viticulture and cultivation of strawberries on the islands in the river delta.

The administration of the Ukrainian Danube Biosphere Reserve is based in Vylkove. The territory of the Reserve includes the islands upstream and downstream the Danube, reedbeds to north from Danube, delta water bodies and adjacent area of the sea (2 km or 1.2 mi from the coast).


Historical affiliations

Ottoman Empire 1746–1812
Russian Empire 1812–1856
Principality of Moldavia 1856–1859
Romanian United Principalities 1859–1878
Russian Empire 1878–1917
Moldavian Democratic Republic 1917–1918
Kingdom of Romania 1918–1940
Soviet Union (Ukrainian SSR ) 1940–1941
Kingdom of Romania 1941–1944
Soviet Union (Ukrainian SSR) 1944–1991
Ukraine 1991–present

Vylkove was founded in 1746 and was assigned the status of "town" in 1762. It is the last settlement on bank of the Danube before the Black Sea. This town is also known as "The Ukrainian Venice" thanks to a number of channels excavated inside its territory – the reason why boating is a more common method of transport than an automobile.


The population is about 9,300, according to the Ukrainian Census conducted in 2001. About 70% of the population consists of Lipovans, about 25% are Ukrainians, and the remainder are Romanians, Gagauz (Turkic speaking followers of the Russian Orthodox Church), and Bulgarians. The main confession is Christian Old Believers (Lipovans) (about 70%, mainly Russians), the rest are the members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. There are three churches in Vilkovo: two belong to Old Believers and one to Ukrainian Orthodox Church.



  1. ^ a b Чисельність наявного населення України на 1 січня 2021 / Number of Present Population of Ukraine, as of January 1, 2021 (PDF) (in Ukrainian and English). Kyiv: State Statistics Service of Ukraine.

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