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Volgograd Oblast (English)
Волгоградская область (Russian)
Map of Russia - Volgograd Oblast (2008-03).svg
Location of Volograd Oblast in Russia
Coat of Arms Flag
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Coat of arms of Volgograd Oblast
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Flag of Volgograd Oblast
Anthem: None
Country Russia
Administrative center Volgograd
Established September 23, 1937
Political status
Federal district
Economic region
Oblast
Southern
Volga
Code 34
Area
- Rank within Russia
112,877 km²
31st
Population ( 2002)
- Rank within Russia
- Density
- Urban
- Rural
2,598,908 inhabitants
17th
23 inhab. / km²

Official language Russian
Governor Anatoly Brovko (2010-)
Legislative body Oblast Duma
Charter Charter of Volgograd Oblast
Official website http://www.volganet.ru/

Volgograd Oblast (Russian: Волгогра́дская о́бласть, Volgogradskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Volgograd.

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Geography

Area: 113,900 km²;

Borders length: 2221,9 km²;

Borders with: Saratov Oblast, Rostov Oblast, Astrakhan Oblast, Voronezh Oblast, Kalmykia, Kazakhstan;

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Main rivers

(more than 200 rivers)

Time zone

Map of Russia - Moscow time zone.svg

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

Demographics

Population: 2,699,223 (as of the 2002 Census).
Population density: 23,3 per km² (2006), (23,3 — 2005).
Urban density: 75,4 % (2006), (75,3 % — 2005).

Ethnic groups:

(shown ethnic groups with population more than 10 000 people)

Ethnic group Population (in 2002)(*) Percent
Russians 2 399 300 88,10
Ukrainians 56 281 2,07
Kazakhs 45 301 1,66
Tatars 28 641 1,05
Armenians 26 974 1,00
Cossacks 20 648 0,76
Germans 17 051 0,63
Azerbaijani 14 257 0,52
Chechen 12 256 0,45
Belarusians 12 232 0,45

Administrative divisions

As of 2008:[1]
# of districts 33
# of cities/towns 19
# of urban-type settlements 23
# of selsovets 451
As of 2002:[2]
# of rural localities 1,509
# of uninhabited rural localities 56

Administrative center: Volgograd
Biggest cities (Population, 2002 Census):







Government

Governor of Volgograd Oblast is Nikolay Kirillovich Maksyuta (Russian: Николай Кириллович Максюта) (since 1996, reelected in 2004)

Economics

Primary branches of economics are agriculture, food production, heavy industry, gas and petroleum refining.
There is big hydroelectric Station Volga GES on Volga.

References

  1. ^ Государственный комитет Российской Федерации по статистике. Комитет Российской Федерации по стандартизации, метрологии и сертификации. №ОК 019-95 1 января 1997 г «Общероссийский классификатор объектов административно-территориального деления. Код 18», в ред. изменения №137/2009 от 31 декабря 2009 г. (State Statistics Committee of the Russian Federation. Committee of the Russian Federation on Standardization, Metrology, and Certification. #OK 019-95 January 1, 1997 Russian Classification of Objects of Administrative Division . Code 18, as amended by the Amendment #137/2009 of December 31, 2009. ).
  2. ^ Results of the 2002 Russian Population CensusTerritory, number of districts, inhabited localities, and rural administrations of the Russian Federation by federal subject

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Russia : Volga Region : Lower Volga : Volgograd Oblast

Volgograd Oblast is a region in the Lower Volga, bordering Rostov Oblast to the southwest, Voronezh Oblast to the northwest, Saratov Oblast to the north, Kazakhstan to the east, Astrakhan Oblast to the southeast, and Kalmykia to the south.

  • Volgograd — the Hero City of Stalingrad
  • Kamyshin
  • Uryupinsk — a nation-wide joke as the quintessential inconspicuous backwater town following its use as the location for Mikhail Sholokhov's The Fate of a Man, which was later made into a popular Soviet movie
  • Volzhsky — a big heavy industry city built in the 1950s for the construction of the Volga Hydroelectric Station (the largest in Europe and responsible for an ecological disaster that threatened the Caspian Beluga sturgeon, the source of the world's finest caviar)
  • Mamaev Kurgan — just above Volgograd, the site of the Battle of Stalingrad now is a massive complex of monuments to the 20th century's most important battle

Understand

The one big tourist attraction in Volgograd Oblast is without a doubt Volgograd and Mamaev Kurgan; the rest of the region has little in the way of a developed tourist industry and is well off the beaten path.

Volgograd Oblast is largely agricultural and steppe, save the major industrial areas along the Volga and the Don Rivers.

Talk

Expect to only hear Russian

Get in

Flights come to Volgograd airport from all over Russia — the flight from Moscow takes about an hour and a half. Volgograd is also a major rail hub, serving as one of the two principal rail gateways to Southern Russia.

Get out

Volgograd is the primary rail junction for travelers heading south to historic Astrakhan Oblast and strange Kalmykia.

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