The Kemerovo Region - Kuzbass is a unique region where the country's largest industrial enterprises are found side by side with amazing natural landscapes. It is located in the southeast of Western Siberia, almost half a distance from the western to the eastern borders of the Russian Federation. In the south, the Kemerovo Region borders on the Republic of Altai, in the southwest - on the Altai Territory, in the west - on the Novosibirsk Region, in the north - on the Tomsk Region, in the northeast - on the Krasnoyarsk Territory, and in the east - on the Republic of Khakassia. The population of Kuzbass is multinational (more than 50 nationalities) and amounts to more than 2.5 million people. The climate of Kuzbass is Siberian, in other words, acrid continental with the average temperature in January -10 ... -13 ° C, and in July - +18 ... + 20 ° C.
One of the main advantages of the region is its nature. The vegetation is very diverse. On the mountain peaks there are plants of the tundra and alpine meadows, in the middle and low mountains there are fir-aspen forests with tall grass and relict plants. The foothills and intermountain ravines are occupied by vegetation of steppes and forest-steppes. Patches of pine forests are found here and there, and a relic grove of Siberian linden grows in Gornaya Shoria and in the Kondoma river basin near Kuzedeevo. Forests occupy 5.444 million hectares. Of the large animals, elk, red deer, Siberian roe deer and reindeer live here, the latter is found only in the mountains of Kuznetsk Alatau. Of the carnivores, the brown bear, lynx, and wolverine are the most characteristic.
The Kemerovo region is located in the MSK+4 time zone. The offset of the applicable time from UTC is +7:00.
Kuzbass stands for Kuznetsk coal basin which, in terms of coal reserves and quality, is the largest of all exploited basins in the world. There are no other deposits on Earth similar to Kuzbass. Today Russia is the world's third largest supplier of coal (after Indonesia and Australia), and the Kuzbass share in these deliveries is almost 90 percent. Metallurgy is the second basic branch of Kuzbass. The region accounts for 63 percent of main and 100 percent of tram rails, over 60 percent of ferrosilicon, 14 percent of steel and rolled ferrous metals of all-Russian production. The chemical industry is the third pillar of the region's economy. Nationwide, Kuzbass produces every second ton of caprolactam, 40 percent of cord fabrics, and 30 percent of synthetic resins and plastics.
Ski tourism, a new industry for Kuzbass, is actively developing. Every year, Sheregesh which is the main ski resort of the region receives more than 1.5 million tourists. The spring skiing festival "Grelka-fest" enjoys constant popularity, which annually gathers more than 10,000 participants. The most striking episode of the festival is considered to be a mass descent from Mount Zelenaya in swimsuits, which got into the Guinness Book of Records and has already updated its result in the Russian Book of Records three times.
Kuzbass is the largest logistics center in the country. The Trans-Siberian Railway passes through the territory. Highway R255 "Siberia" connects the region with the largest cities of Russia. There are modern international airports in Kemerovo and Novokuznetsk. The largest cities of Kuzbass are Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, Mezhdurechensk, Prokopievsk, Leninsk-Kuznetsky, and Yurga.
At present, Kuzbass is one of the most dynamically developing regions of the Russian Federation.