Ivanovo Region

Ivanovo region was formed on January 14, 1929 with the center in Ivanovo town (466,5 thousand inhabitants) founded in 1871.
The distance between Moscow and Ivanovo is 318 km.

Geographic location of Ivanovo region Is quite advantageous. It’s a part of historic core of Russia, which is economically best developed. Natural conditions are quite favorable for living and developing agriculture, mainly husbandry. The relief is gently undulating, a bit hilly (up to 170 m height). Main rivers are the Volga with feeders (Nerl and others). The climate is moderately continental, January average temperature is -12 degrees centigrade, July average temperature is +18 degrees centigrade. Annual precipitation is about 600 mm. Podzolic and swampy soils are widespread in the region. Forests are coniferous and mixed, greatly lighted due to economic activity.

Ivanovo region do not have any significant mineral resources, except for peat used in agriculture and as a furnace fuel.

Population of the region is mononational – Russian. Despite if migration inflow the number of the population constantly decreases. Population has been aging and the share of able-bodied population is being reduced. Women, mostly middle-aged and elderly ones, prevail in the region.

Economic advantages and disadvantages. The main advantages of the region are qualified manpower and well-developed infrastructure. It’s one of the best developed regions. However the prevalence of women in the able-bodied population incur additional social expenses.

Specialty. Ivanovo region is the biggest center of textile industry in Russia. The region also boasts of world-famous art handicrafts: Palekh and Kholui lacquer miniature.

Main industries: textile industry (cotton, linen, woolen cloth manufacturing), machine-building (machines and devices, textile and peat-mining equipment, truck cranes), chemical, food and woodworking industries. Ivanovo region is a monopolist in Russia in production of cotton hackles.

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