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Krasnoyarsk Krai

Krasnoyarsk Krai (1995 pop. 3,116,600 et.) is the second largest Russian region after Sakha Republic (Yakutiya), occupying an area of 2,339,700 km2, which is 13% of the country's total territory.

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1 Geography
2 History
3 Economy


It stretches 3,000 km from north to south. The krai lies in the middle of Siberia and shares borders with Tyumen, Tomsk, Irkutsk, and Kemerovo oblasts, the republics of Khakasiya, Tyva, and Sakha, and the Arctic Ocean in the north.


The krai was created in 1934 and then included the Taimyr and Evenk autonomous okrugs and Khakasiya Autonomous Oblast. In 1991, Khakasiya seceded and became a republic within the Russian Federation.


Over 95% of the cities, a majority of the industrial enterprises, and all of the agriculture are concentrated in the south of the region. It is rich among the richest of Russia's regions in natural resources. Eighty percent of the country's nickel, 75% of its cobalt, 70% of its copper, 16% of its coal, and 10% of its gold are extracted in the region. Krasnoyarsk also produces 20% of the country's timber. The region's major industries are: non-ferrous metallurgy, energy, forestry, chemicals, and oil refining.

See also: Subdivisions of Russia