Tomsk Region

The Tomsk Region, a constituent entity of the Russian Federation, is part of the Siberian Federal District. The region borders on the Tyumen, Omsk, Novosibirsk and Kemerovo regions, and Krasnoyarsk Territory. 

Location

The Tomsk Region is situated in the southeast of the West Siberian Plain.

Administrative division

The region is comprised of 16 districts and 6 cities, 4 city districts, 1 town, and 144 villages.

 

Area

316,900 square kilometres

Capital

Tomsk, 3,500 km from Moscow

Main cities

Tomsk, Seversk, Strezhevoi, Kolpashevo, Asino

Climate

The Tomsk Region has a continental climate with severe and long winters, with an average January temperature of 20 degrees below zero, and an average July temperature of 18 degrees above zero. Summers are warm and short.

Main natural resources

One hundred and one deposits have been mapped in the region, including 82 oil fields, 13 oil and gas condensate deposits, and 6 gas condensate deposits. Eighty-four of them have been commissioned for development. Iron, titanium, zircon, scandium, kaolin, copper, oil, and gas are being extracted in the region, and it is estimated that 33.9% of oil and 55% of gas deposits have been confirmed. Titanium ores were found in Tugansky and Georgivsky gravel deposits. The ores can also yield scandium, hafnium, vanadium, lanthanoides, kaolin, and glass-melting sand. There also manganese, zinc, stibium, sand and gravel mixtures, fire clay, and loam.

Population

The Tomsk Region's population is 1,036,600 people, with 401,300 males and 518,300 females. Over 68% of the population is urban (705,800 people), while rural population residents account for 32% (330,800).

The economically active population is 545,000, with those employed in the economic sector reaching 490,000. The unemployment rate, calculated using ILO methods, stands at 10.5%, while senior citizens and minors account for 16.8% and 17.1%, respectively. The negative population growth rate is -2.8 per 1,000. The negative migration influx rate is 11.8 per 10,000.

Administration

Governor of the Tomsk Region: Viktor Kress.

The Mayor of Tomsk is Nikolai Nikolaychuk, elected March 15, 2009.

Speaker of the local legislature: Boris Maltsev

Regional issues and prospects

Oil pollution of surface water and soil, jettisoned space launcher parts, emissions from the Siberian chemical plant, and radioactive waste burials pose serious threats and considerably degrade soil fertility.

The prospects for economic development in the region depend on the commissioning of new oil and gas deposits, the transition to intensive resource-saving, environmentally friendly technologies, and the development of transport and tourism.

 

Official website: http://tomsk.gov.ru/

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