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Arkhangelsk Region is located in northern European Russia. The region covers an area of 587,400 square kilometers and comprises the territory of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 20 administrative regions and 14 towns. The administrative center of the Region is Archangelsk.

Arkhangelsk Region borders with Kirov and Vologda Region, Republics of Karelia and Komi, and is washed by three Arctic seas: the White, the Barents and the Kara Seas. The coastline stretches up to 3000 km.

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Thanks to its huge territory Archangelsk Region comprises different climatic zones, with arctic and sub-arctic climate represented on the north-eastern territories and with temperate climate prevailing in the center and on the south of the region. Winters are usually long and cold with strong winds and summers are moderate-warm. Average temperatures range from -9 for January to 17 for July.

Arkhangelsk Region is often called a land of the white nights. From the middle of May till the end of July days are very long and in the southern lands of the region nights resemble rather dusks. In the winter it is just vice versa: days last for some 5 hours and for the rest of the time it is dark.

37% of the territory is covered with forest, very often coniferous, 19% of the Regions area is represented by islands (including archipelagos of Franz Josef Land and New land). Arkhangelsk Region is proud of numerous rivers. The largest among them are the Northern Dvina, the Pechora, the Onega, and the Mezen Rivers. The region is also rich with natural resources such as bauxite, oil, and gas. Besides, here a prominent center of timber industry is situated, which plays an important role in the regions economy.

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