Kamchatka region overview
Kamchatka krai (region) (also spelled Kamchatsky) is located in the south-east of Russia (Far Eastern Federal District), including Kamchatka peninsula and Komandorskie islands.
The region was formed in 2007 by uniting Kamchatka oblast and Koryaksky autonomous okrug. Capital city of the region is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
Kamchatka region population is 321,000 (2012); land area - 464,275 sq. km.
Kamchatka region features
There are 29 active volcanoes and about 300 volcanic constructions on the territory of Kamchatka region. Kamchatka is also rich in rivers and brooks - more than 14 thousand. Great number of them have length of 10 km, only 105 rivers - more than 100 km.
Geographic position, sea surrounding, Pacific Ocean and relief are the reasons of diverse and changeable weather of the region. The coasts of Kamchatka krai have the features of sea climate. In the central and northern districts the climate is continental.
Kamchatka region nature
Kamchatka Russia landscape
Kamchatka region economics
Due to the sea and geographic position Kamchatka is gaining intercontinental meaning in the transport system on directions Europe - America, Europe - South-Eastern Asia, South-Eastern Asia - America.
The economics of Kamchatka has its own peculiarities. Production complex of the region is presented by industry, sea and air transport, agricultural and building work.
Fish specialization is the most effective, on its base all production and labor potential work. The second important branch is forest and wood-working industry. Its production is traditionally exported.
In 1991, tourism got an official recognition by regional administration. The conception of tourism development was approved. Direction of tourism was established.