Chelyabinsk Region

The Chelyabinsk Region, a constituent entity of the Russian Federation, is part of the Urals Federal District and borders on the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Sverdlovsk, Kurgan and Orenburg regions and Kazakhstan.

Location

The region is located in the eastern slopes of the South Ural range and the adjacent East Ural Depression.

Administrative division

The region has 24 districts, 12 municipal districts, 20 regionally administered towns and cities, and 32 industrial towns.

 

Area

87,900 square kilometres

Capital

Chelyabinsk, 1,919 km from Moscow

Main cities

Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk, Zlatoust, Miass, Ozyorsk, Troitsk and Kopeisk

Climate

The region has a temperate continental climate, with the average January temperature of -13 C and the average July temperature of +22 C.

Natural resources

The region has over 300 mineral deposits, primarily iron ore and copper-zinc ore deposits, as well as gold, refractory material, talcum, graphite and quartz deposits. Over 150 companies develop local mineral deposits and process raw materials.

Population

The region's population is 3,551,400, with 1,692,200 males and 1,859,200 females. Over 82% of the population is urban (2,910,000), while rural residents account for 18% (641,400). The economically active population is 1,765,000, of whom 1,672,000 are employed. The unemployment rate, calculated using ILO methods, is 5.4%, while senior citizens and minors account for 20.3% and 17.5%, respectively. The negative population growth rate is - 5.6 per 1,000. The negative migration influx rate is - 6.2 per 10,000.

Administration

Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region: Mikhail Yurevich

Speaker of the regional legislature: Vladimir Myakush

Regional issues and prospects

Balanced economic patterns are the main advantage of the Chelyabinsk Region. The iron and steel industry is the mot important sector of the economy.

The following factors contribute to the success of iron and steel companies:

- a large scientific and production potential for manufacturing the entire product range;
- a skilled workforce;
- domestic and foreign market demand for industry products;
- an improved environment at corporate sites.

Engineering, another leading sector, has the following main objectives:

- preserve and expand the scientific and production potential;
- downsize and restructure unprofitable companies and production facilities;
- alter product range;
- use the most valuable elements of the defences engineering industry's production, scientific and technical potential to upgrade the civilian engineering sector.

 

Official website: http://www.ural-chel.ru/

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