Slavutych is situated on the left bank of the Dnieper River, 40 kilometers from Chernihiv, 45 kilometers from the city of Pripyat, 50 kilometers from Chernobyl (both in Ivankiv Raion) and 200 kilometers from Kiev.
While being geographically located in Ripky Raion (part of Chernihiv Oblast), administratively it belongs to Kiev Oblast.
The city was built in 1986 shortly after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, to provide homes for those who had worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and their families. They were evacuated from the abandoned city of Pripyat. Slavutych is named after the Old Slavic name of the nearby Dnieper.
From the start, Slavutych was planned to become a “21stcentury city”. Compared to other cities in Ukraine, Slavutych has a modern architecture with pleasant surroundings, and the standard of iving in the city is much higher than in most other Ukrainian cities. During the construction of the city, workers and architects from eight former soviet republics became involved: Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, Estonian SSR, Georgian SSR, Latvian SSR, Lithuanian SSR, Russian SFSR and Ukrainian SSR. As a result, the city is divided into eight districts named after the capitals of he contributing republics, each with its own unique style and atmosphere.