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Tver Oblast (English)
Тверская область (Russian)
Map of Russia - Tver Oblast (2008-03).svg
Location of Tver Oblast in Russia
Coat of Arms Flag
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Coat of arms of Tver Oblast
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Flag of Tver Oblast
Anthem: None
Country Russia
Administrative center Tver
Established January 29, 1935
Political status
Federal district
Economic region
Code 34
- Rank within Russia
84,586 km²
Population ( 2002)
- Rank within Russia
- Density
- Urban
- Rural
1,369,413 inhabitants
16.2 inhab. / km²

Official language Russian
Governor Dmitry Zelenin
Legislative body Oblast Duma
Charter Charter of Tver Oblast
Official website

Tver Oblast (Russian: Тверска́я о́бласть, Tverskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Tver. From 1935 to 1990 it was named Kalinin Oblast after Mikhail Kalinin.

Area: 84,586 km². Population is estimated at 1,440,002 in 2004, down from about 1,670,000 in 1989. The 2002 Census counted 1,471,459.

Tver Oblast is an area of lakes, such as Seliger and Brosno. Much of its area is occupied by the Valdai Hills, where the Volga, the Western Dvina, and the Dnieper have their source.

There are also many historic towns: Torzhok, Toropets, Zubtsov, Kashin, Vyshny Volochyok, and Kalyazin. The oldest of these is Rzhev, primarily known for the Battles of Rzhev of the World War II. Staritsa was a seat of the last appanage principality in Russia. Ostashkov is a major tourist center.


Time zone

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Tver Oblast is located in the Moscow Time Zone (MSK/MSD). UTC offset is +0300 (MSK)/+0400 (MSD).

Administrative divisions


The Tver Oblast has a very strong economy due to its machinery industry in the automobile and aeronautics sectors.


External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Russia : Central Russia : Tver Oblast
Belltower of the flooded St. Nicholas Church in Kalyazin
Belltower of the flooded St. Nicholas Church in Kalyazin

Tver Oblast is a region in Central Russia, which borders Smolensk Oblast to the southwest, Pskov Oblast to the west, Novgorod Oblast to the north, Vologda Oblast to the northeast, Yaroslavl Oblast to the east, and Moscow Oblast to the southeast.

  • Tver — the capital and only major city of the region; an ancient city with a prestigious past that once contended with Moscow for control of Russia, that is now a shell of its former self following widespread destruction from cultural vandalism at the hands of the Soviet government and the Nazi Wehrmacht
  • Kashin — a small city with several old churches and a cathedral
  • Kalyazin — a small town east of Kashin, which, along with the Troitse-Makaryev Monastery, was submerged underwater by the construction of the Uglich Reservoir; a lone church belltower rising out of the water off the relocated town's shore marks the spot of the former location
  • Ostashkov — perhaps the most pleasant provincial town in Russia, located on the pure Lake Seliger, boasts neoclassical architecture, 15th and 16th century churches, and is the nearest town to the spectacular Nilov Monastery
  • Rzhev — the region's second largest city is still quite small; unfortunately the monuments to its long and interesting history were all but obliterated during WWII
  • Toropets — the region's oldest town was largely spared the destruction of its rival Rzhev during WWII and retains several 17th century brick churches (older monuments were destroyed by an earlier Polish invasion)
  • Torzhok — a pretty, church-studded, small city on the banks of the Tverets river
  • Nilov Monastery — a fantastically beautiful and enormous monastery on Stolbny Island in Lake Seliger; served as a gulag for many of the Polish prisoners of war who were massacred at Katyn
  • Central Forest Nature Reserve


Russian is the principal language in all aspects of life in the region.

Get in

Tver does have an international airport (Migalovo), but most travelers arrive via the well-traveled railroad running between Saint Petersburg and nearby Moscow.

  • Novgorod is an easy and rewarding destination to get to from Tver Oblast, which could be done as a day trip.
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