Stories of Pskov Oblast

Pskov Oblast

Russia

Pskov Oblast (Russian: Пско́вская о́бласть, Pskovskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Pskov Oblast borders the countries of Estonia and Latvia, as well as Belarus. It is the westernmost federal subject of contiguous Russia (i.e. excluding the exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast). Its major cities are the administrative center Pskov (pop. 202,000) and Velikiye Luki (pop. 104,000).

Area: 55,300 km². Population: 760,810 (2002 Census), down from 846,449 recorded in the 1989 Census.

The Governor is Mikhail Varfolomeyevich Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov was replaced by Russian president Dmitri Medvedev in February 2009 due to economic policy differences.

One of the most important natural resources of Pskov Oblast is wood. Forest takes up to one third of the territory of the region. Overall stocks of woods as for 1 January 2005 were 331,2 Million cubic metres.

For the first half of 2007, the birth rate was 9.1 per 1000. According to the 2002 Census the ‘national composition’ was • 94.25% Russian • 1.64% Ukrainian • 1.27% Belarusians • 0.42% Roma • 0.30% Armenian • 0.20% Tatar • 0.17% Azeri • 0.15% Estonian • 0.11% Moldovan • 0.09% Latvian • 0.09% German • 0.09% Chuvash • 0.08% Jewish • 0.08% Polish • 0.07% Chechen • 0.05% Finnish • 0.05% Lithuanian • 0.04% Georgian • and 0.04% Mordvin • with many other groups of less than three hundred persons each. • An additional 0.34% of residents declined to state their nationality or ethnocultural identity on the census questionnaire.

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