Gomel

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Gomel
Гомель

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Coordinates: 52°26′43″N 30°59′03″E / 52.44528°N 30.98417°E / 52.44528; 30.98417Coordinates: 52°26′43″N 30°59′03″E / 52.44528°N 30.98417°E / 52.44528; 30.98417
Country  Belarus
Subdivision Homiel
Founded 1142
Government
 • Mayor Viktor Pilipets
Area
 • City 121 km2 (47 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • City 481,197
 • Density 4,258.4/km2 (11,029/sq mi)
 • Metro 527,886
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) +375 232(2)
License plate 3

Gomel (also Homiel, Homel) is the administrative center of Gomel Voblast. It is the second-largest city in Belarus. It has a population of 482,652 (2009 census). Gomel is in the southeastern part of the country, on the right bank of Sozh river. It is 302 km (188 mi) to the South-East from Minsk, 534 km (332 mi) to the East from Brest, 171 km (106 mi) to the South from Mogilev, 237 km (147 mi) to the West from Bryansk and 111 km (69 mi) to the North from Chernihiv. The city's area is 121 km2.