Pskov Region

The Pskov Region is a constituent entity of the Russian Federation bordering on Estonia and Latvia in the west, the Republic of Belarus and the Smolensk Region in the south, the Novgorod and Tver regions in the east, and the Leningrad Region in the north. 

Location

The Pskov Region is located in the north-west of European Russia and comprises 24 administrative districts (of which 9 are border districts) and 14 cities (including 3 regionally administered cities - Pskov, Velikiye Luki and Ostrov).

Area

55,300 square kilometres

 

Capital

Pskov, located 689 kilometres from Moscow

Main cities

Pskov, Velikiye Luki, Ostrov, Nevel, and Opochka

Climate

The region has a temperate continental climate with the average January temperature of -8 C (17.6 F) and the average July temperature of 17 C (62.6 F).

Natural resources

The region has considerable natural resources, with high- and low-melting clay, stock for mineral pigment production, sapropel and therapeutic mud reserves as its most valuable resources. The region has mortar sand and sand-and-gravel material, peat, and oil shale deposits. It also possesses substantial forest and fish resources.

Population

The region's population is 747,600 people, with 341,200 males and 406,400 females. 66.6% of the population is urban, while rural residents account for 33.4%. The economically active population is 445,400 people, of whom 336,100 are employed. The unemployment rate, calculated using ILO methods, is 8.1%. Senior citizens and minors account for 30.4% and 10.1%, respectively. The rate of natural increase is negative and stands at -15.9 people per 1,000.

Administration

Governor of the Pskov Region: Andrei Turchak.

Mayor of Pskov: Mikhail Khoronen.

Speaker of the regional legislature: Boris Polozov.

Regional issues and prospects

The region's development is characterised by territorial disparity in terms of socioeconomic development. The development of agricultural sector is a priority for the region's economy since it determines the food industry development. Further development of the Pskov region will depend, to a considerable extent, on the scope of near-border cooperation between the region and its neighbours.

The primary prospects lie in the improvement of the region's tourist sector, and transport, border and service infrastructure. To a large extent the region's further development will depend on the state of its transport network since existing transport routes need upgrading, while it is also necessary to construct new ones.

Development of agriculture requires pedigree stock improvement in cattle breeding. The region is in a position to further develop flax growing as the demand for natural fabrics is continuously growing. The region's timber sector can also offer certain prospects as one third of the region's territory is covered with forests. The tourism industry also ranks among the priority lines of the region's development.

 

Official website: http://www.pskov.ru/

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