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The largest city in the Sverdlovsk Oblast, Ekaterinburg is both the capital and the administrative centre of the region.
Located 1,667 kilometers from Moscow
Ekaterinburg is the industrial, mining, transportation and cultural epicentre between Europe and Asia. Throughout its rich history, the region around Ekaterinburg has been one of the country's major centres of science, industry and infrastructure, leading the country's supply of mineral resources and being one of its focal points of science and culture. Ekaterinburg is located at the heart of Eurasia's infrastructure, economy and social development.
Ekaterinburg is located at the crossroads of major transportation arteries connecting Asia and Europe. Throughout its rich history, the region around Ekaterinburg has been one of the country's major centres of science, industry and infrastructure. It is an industrial powerhouse with a unique concentration of manufacturing and production facilities. The region is home to highly successful engineering, mining, metallurgical, chemical and petrochemical enterprises. At the same time, the scientific potential of the Sverdlovsk Oblast grows exponentially every year, and the region's educational environment is developing at full speed. Thanks to all these fundamental factors, the region's products are well known far beyond the Russian borders.
Blessed by a unique geographical location, the Sverdlovsk Oblast and Ekaterinburg are becoming increasingly open to the global community in areas such as tourism, culture and sports. With each passing year the city is becoming more and more attractive to foreign investors.
The Sverdlovsk Oblast is located in the Middle and Northern Urals and on the plains of Western Siberia adjoining the Urals on the east. The Oblast is part of the Ural Federal District. Ekaterinburg's unique geopolitical location and its rich ferrous and non-ferrous metal resources fuel the rapid development of the region's mining and metal industry and consequently its science, culture and tourism.
Metallurgy is the backbone of the Sverdlovsk Oblast's economy, its iron and steel plants accounting for a considerable share of all metal products manufactured in Russia and providing raw metal for many European and global manufacturers.
While the region's international business infrastructure is expanding, the city and the region itself have a remarkably diversified economic structure and high economic growth rates, allowing it to be actively involved in international trade.
Over the past 20 years, the region has established mutually profitable economic relations with 149 countries across the globe.
These trends open up new opportunities for further development of Ekaterinburg's international cooperation and foreign investments, and strengthening its strategic geopolitical role as a hub for international trade, scientific research, transport, finance and logistics, linking two leading international trade and economic zones: Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The region's nature fascinates tourists from all over the world. More than 15,500 rivers and 2,500 lakes enrich the landscape of the Middle Ural Mountains. The largest rivers — the Tavda, the Tura and the Iset — flow into the basin of the Ob River. One of the most beautiful rivers in the whole Urals — the Chusovaya — is part of the Kama river basin.
The Urals' Rezhevskoy gemstone reserve has a history of over 300 years. The Sverdlovsk Oblast is home to about 500 natural monuments. Talkov Kamen is a magnificent forested lake near Sysert formed in an abandoned talc mine. The famous Russian storyteller Pavel Bazhov was a frequent visitor to this place and admired its steep white cliffs reflected in the lake's green, mirror-like surface. Maybe this is where his famous tales took their roots.
The Middle Urals' stunning landscape and accessibility, diverse fauna and mature infrastructure allow the region to offer world-class environmental, hunting, fishing and adventure tourism.
According to an expert assessment by the Sverdlovsk Oblast's Ministry of Natural Resources, more than 500,000 tourists visit the region's nature parks every year.
The climate of the Sverdlovsk Oblast and Ekaterinburg in particular, is exceptionally comfortable, especially during the summer. It favours all kinds of travel, from cultural and educational to hunting and fishing, with business, recreational, medical and fashion tourism making up the largest share.
Today, Ekaterinburg is more than just a major transportation hub and a modern industrial metropolis. It also stands at the forefront of scientific and medical progress, actively engaging in research and innovation. The city's medical facilities are traditionally known for providing exceptional health care services.
The Sverdlovsk Oblast and Ekaterinburg,
the leading cultural centres in Russia
with over
1 500
natural, historical, architectural and archaeological landmarks.
15 500
rivers. The largest rivers — the Tavda, the Tura and the Iset — flow into the basin of the Ob River.
2 500
lakes. The latest one is Pelymskiy Tuman Lake (32.2 sq. km)
The Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is critically acclaimed as the cultural heart of the Urals. It has hosted a lot of famous actors and received numerous prestigious awards. Our city is noted not only for its historical and cultural heritage, but also for many famous people hailing from it, including actors, artists and musicians.
On behalf of all citizens of the Sverdlovsk Oblast, we will be delighted to invite you to Ekaterinburg, a candidate city to host Universal Exposition 2025.