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Samara Oblast (English)
Самарская область (Russian)
Map of Russia - Samara Oblast (2008-03).svg
Location of Samara Oblast in Russia
Coat of Arms Flag
Coat of Arms of Samara oblast.png
Coat of arms of Samara Oblast
Flag of Samara Oblast.svg
Flag of Samara Oblast
Anthem: None
Country Russia
Administrative center Samara
Established May 14, 1928
Political status
Federal district
Economic region
Code 34
- Rank within Russia
112,877 km²
Population ( 2002)
- Rank within Russia
- Density
- Urban
- Rural
2,598,908 inhabitants
23 inhab. / km²

Official language Russian
Governor Vladimir Artyakov
Legislative body Oblast Duma
Charter Charter of Samara Oblast
Official website

Samara Oblast (Russian: Сама́рская о́бласть, Samarskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). It is located in the Volga Federal District. The administrative center is the city of Samara. During the Russian Revolution of 1905 it was home to the short-lived Stary Buyan Republic.

Area: 53,600 km²; population: 3,239,737 (according to the 2002 Census).

In the Soviet Union it was known as Kuybyshev Oblast, after the Soviet name, Kuybyshev, of Samara.


Administrative divisions


Population: 3,239,732 (2002)

Ethnic groups: According to the 2002 Census the ethnic makeup of the region was • 2,708,549 Russians (83.60%) • 127,931 Tatars (3.95%) • 101,358 Chuvash (3.13%) • 86,000 Mordvins (2.65%) • 60,727 Ukrainians (1.87%) • 21,566 Armenians (0.67%) • 15,046 Azeris (0.46%) • 14,918 Kazakhs (0.46%) • 14,082 Belarusians (0.43%) • 9,569 Germans (0.30%) • 7,885 Bashkirs (0.24%) • 6,384 Jews (0.20%) • 5,438 Uzbeks (0.17%) • 5,244 Roma (0.16%) • 4,624 Tajiks (0.14%) • 3,889 Mari (0.12%) • 3,518 Georgians (0.11%) • 2,364 Moldovans (0.07%) • and various other groups of less than two thousand people each. • An additional 22,489 residents declined to state their nationality or ethnocultural identity on the census questionnaire.[1]

  • Births (2008): 36,439 (11.5 per 1000) [2]
  • Deaths (2008): 48,593 (15.3 per 1000)


In 1997 Samara Oblast became one of the few regions to receive the approval of the President of Russia to implement external bonded loans (Presidential decree № 1212, dated 12.10.1997 “On Creating Conditions to Conduct Loans Operations on the Internal and External Capital Markets”).



Sister district


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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Russia : Volga Region : Middle Volga : Samara Oblast
Samarskaya Luka
Samarskaya Luka

Samara Oblast is a region in the Middle Volga, bordering Ulyanovsk Oblast to the west, Tatarstan to the north, Orenburg Oblast to the east, and Saratov Oblast to the south.

  • Samara - the industrial capital with over one million residents; was a closed city under the USSR for its role as a center of the Russian aerospace industry
  • Novokuybyshevsk - big oil city
  • Syzran - the region's third largest city, founded as a 17th century fortress
  • Tolyatti - very large city named after the Italian communist, and a major automobile producer; most of the city was destroyed in a 1950s flood, but new cultural monuments have since been built, including the massive 2003 Cathedral of the Transfiguration
Syzran's city center before the Volga
Syzran's city center before the Volga
  • Samara River Bend National Park (Samarskaya Luka)
  • Zhigulevsky Nature Reserve


Samara Oblast is a heavily industrialized region along the Volga and Samara rivers. The region rose to prominence during WWII when its distance from the war front and abundant petroleum deposits made it an attractive area for a new industrial center. The region has little tourist infrastructure, but that in itself can make for interesting travel. The capital, Samara, is of particular interest since it is one of Russia's largest cities, formerly closed to all foreign visitors, and has lots to see and do.


See Russian phrasebook.

Get in

There is a daily overnight train from Moscow, which leaves around 14:00 and arrives around 08:00 in Samara. Samara is also a major stop on the South Ural route of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Get out

The next major stops on the South Ural route of the Trans-Siberian Railway to the west and east are Penza and Ufa respectively.

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