Interesting Place # 123 - Velikaya Kopanya

There are 58 pairs of twins in Velikaya Kopanya - a village of only 4,000 people.

(The most recent statistics, part of a 2004 study by the National Centre for Health Statistics show that twins represent 32.21 of every 1,000 births. So Velikaya Kopanya is a statistical anomaly. The locals say it's the water, which has a reputation for being near-miraculous. And it's not just the locals that believe this, many people from neighbouring towns visit to collect water and there are always a number of vans and cars parked by the foot of the mountain. If it guarantees that you have twins, I would avoid it like the plague.)


  1. Hi,

    I was born in 1927, in small village, in Vlachovo, Czehoslovakia.

    I am looking for some information about:
    • The village - Vil'chivka (Ölyvös, Вільхівка, Ольховка) in Ukraine.
    • The district of my village: - Irshavsky Raion (Іршавський район, Іршаўскі раён) in South West of Ukraine (Zakarpattia Oblast, Закарпатська область, Закарпатская область).

    The information that I am looking for, is history of the place, maps of the village. Moreover, I am looking for people from this place.

    David Hershkovich

    Map of the Area (48°16' N, 23°04'E):

    Zakarpattia Oblast:



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