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Irkutsk Oblast (Province).
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Location
South Eastern Siberia near Baikal Lake. North off China and Mongolia, halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Trans Siberian Railway
Distance from Moscow: 5000 km (2600 miles); from Vladivostok: 4000 km (2100 miles)
Population 2,7 million; ranked 16th in Russia. Urban 80%. Density: 3.7 people per sq. km
Area 745,500 square km (3 times the United Kingdom), the 5th largest area in Russia, 5% of Russian territory
Major Cities Irkutsk (administrative capital, population 632,000 founded in 1686) , Angarsk (population 267,000), Bratsk (257,000), Ust-Ilimsk, Usolye-Sibirskoye
Climate Extreme continental climate. Average temperature in January is -15 and in July +18 C.
Economy Ranked 11th of 89 Russian regions by total industrial output. Main Industries: fuel, oil & gas; steel & metal; forestry & paper; power & energy; machine-building; chemical.
For More Information see:

Irkutsk Oblast: - more detailed facts (from Russia Today Directory)
Economy of Irkutsk Oblast: - from WWW Irkutsk
Russia by Regions: - General info on all 89 regions (map,area,population, flags)
Irkutsk Oblast: - general data (from local Government). Russian
Irkutsk Oblast in 1998: Economic & Social Indicators for the year Russian
Irkutsk Oblast in 1999: Economic & Social Indicators for the year. Russian

Sites related to Irkutsk and Siberia

In English

WWW Irkutsk: One of the best websites about Irkutsk.
Baikal: See the Great Lake Baikal. English Russian
Jack Sheremetoff's Baikal: A Guide to Baikal & Irkutsk.
UNESCO: Lake Baikal as a World Heritage.
Trans-Siberian Railway: Travel Guide.
MIR Travel: Travel info on Baikal & Siberia .
Siberia: Culture, Economy & Business: a very informative site.

In Russian

Irkutsk-na-seti: Catalog & search engine of the Irkutsk Web resources.
Irkutsk Oblast: Web-guide from www.regions.ru (Регионы России)
Administration of Irkutsk: Official site of local Government.
Vostochno Sibirskaya Pravda: Regional weekly newspaper.
Gubernskie Vedomosti: Official News Pages.
Siberian Information Agency: News.
Delo: Business news.
Delovoj Irkutsk: Business info.
TeleInform: Business News and Information.
East Siberia: Regional maps, museums, music etc.
Angara: Site dedicated to this beautiful Siberian river.
AS Baikal TV: Local Media Network. Contains daily news online.
Sibirskie Uzory: Irkutsk-based server.
Irkutsk University: Homepage of Irkutsk State University.
Sibirskaya Zavalinka: Irkutsk-based chat.
DSI: Irkutsk Internet provider.

En Francais

Le Lac Baikal: Guide touristique, recits, articles journalistiques et photos.

Deutsch

Homepage Ralph Hellbart: Ost-Sibierien (mit vielen Informationen und weiteren Links)
Peter Regenscheits Internet World : Irkutsk und Baikalsee mit Bildern.

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