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The Kirov Region is lsituated in the north-east of European part of Russia. The total area the region occupies is 120 800 km2. The population of the Kirov Region is around 1 589 000 people with 70% of the population being urban citizens.

The region is neighboring with the Republic of Tatarstan and the Republic of Mari El in the south, Arkhangelsk Region and the Komi Republic in the north Volgograd Region in the west, the Komi-Permyak Autonomous District in the northeast, and the Udmurt Republic in the southeast, which The region is known to have a well-developed transportation system that consists of the main railways and highways plus there is also an airport.

The Kirov Region started its existance on December 7, 1934. It consists of 39 districts, 19 cities, 58 towns and 580 rural councils. The most famous rivers of the region are the Vyatka and Kama Rivers that are part of the Volga Basin.

The climate in the region is moderately continental with the average January temperatures of -14 C and the average July temperatures of +17 C. The annual precipitation is about 500 mm.

The administrative centre of the Kirov Region is the city of Kirov. It was founded in 1374 and stretches for 25 km along the banks of the Vyatka River. Kirov is divided into Leninsky, Oktyabrsky, Pervomaisky, and Novovyatsky city districts. It is one of the major railway points linking Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Kotlas, and Perm. The population of Kirov is roughly 500000 people.

The industrial function of the city mainly lays in engineering, metal manufacturing, nonferrous and ferrous metallurgy, the chemical, microbiological, forest, woodworking, pulp and paper production, light and food industries, production of building materials, phosphorite and peat. The regional agriculture mainly focuses on grain and livestock as well as on production of meat, milk, wool, and eggs.

The city of Kirov is also an important scientific and cultural centre. The main sightseeing sites of the city are supposed to be the 'Dymkovskaya' toy workships and St. Trifons Monastery. During an excursion to the Dymkovskaya toy workshops tourists can learn the unique technology of clay toys` production. Visitors also have a chance to watch the masters` work as well as to make a clay toy by themselves.

St. Trifons Monastery is situated in the centre of Kirov. It was founded in the 16th century and is thought to be a significant historical and architectural memorial complex. At the present moment it is a functioning monastery.

10 private higher educational institutions and over 50 specialized secondary schools operate in the Kirov Region. Besides, the city has nearly 1000 libraries, over 1000 clubs, 3 theaters, 35 museums including the Vasnetsov Regional Art Museum, a museum of anthropology, a philharmonic, an organ hall in Aleksandrovsky Catholic Church, and several exhibition halls.

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