Nizhny Novgorod Oblast

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Subject of the Russian Federation
Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
Нижегородская область
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Federal district Volga
surface 76,624  km²
population 3,310,597 inhabitants
(as of October 14, 2010)
Population density 43 inhabitants / km²
Administrative center Nizhny Novgorod
Official language Russian
Russians (95.0%)
Tatars (1.4%)
(as of 2002)
governor Valery Shanzev
Founded January 14, 1929
Time zone UTC + 3
Telephone prefixes (+7) 831xx
Postcodes 603000-607999
License Plate 52, 152
OKATO 22nd
ISO 3166-2 RU-NIZ
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Coordinates: 56 ° 17 '  N , 44 ° 46'  E

The Nizhny Novgorod Oblast ( Russian: Нижегородская область / Nischegorodskaja oblast ) is an oblast in the eastern part of European Russia in the Volga Federal District .


The oblast is bordered by Kirov Oblast to the north, the Mari El and Chuvash republics to the east, the Republic of Mordovia to the south and Vladimir Oblast to the west . In an area almost as large as Austria , the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast comprises 25 cities and over 4,500 villages. The oblast has an important bridge function between Moscow and the Volga republics and Siberia. The most important traffic connection is the Trans-Siberian Railway .

The oblast lies on the Volga, which is an important traffic axis for shipping , other rivers are the Oka and the Klyasma .


The Principality of Nizhny Novgorod was established in the 13th century and became part of Moscow in 1393 . Industrialization began in the second half of the 19th century . During the Soviet era the oblast was called:

  • 1929 (briefly): Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
  • 1929–1932: Nizhny Novgorod Krai
  • 1932-1936: Krai Gorki
  • 1936–1990: Gorky Oblast


The last censuses in 2002 and 2010 showed a population of 3,524,028 and 3,310,597 residents respectively. The number of inhabitants thus fell by 213,431 people (−6.06%) in these eight years. In 2010, 2,611,497 people lived in cities. This corresponds to 78.88% of the population (in Russia 73%). By January 1, 2014, the population decreased further to 3,281,496 people. The distribution of the different ethnic groups was as follows:

Palace of Culture of Nizhny Novgorod
Population of the oblast by ethnic group
nationality VZ 1989 percent VZ 2002 percent VZ 2010 percent
Russians 3,522,148 94.69 3,346,398 94.96 3,109,661 93.93
Tatars 58,603 1.58 50,609 1.44 44.103 1.33
Mordwinen 36,709 0.99 25,022 0.71 19,138 0.58
Ukrainians 33,344 0.90 24,241 0.69 17,657 0.53
Armenians 1,822 0.05 10,786 0.31 13,294 0.40
Tschuwaschen 12.206 0.33 11,364 0.32 9,765 0.29
Azerbaijanis 3,153 0.08 8,309 0.24 8,494 0.26
Mari 7,942 0.21 7,757 0.22 6,415 0.19
Belarusians 9,265 0.25 6,833 0.19 4,673 0.14
Roma 4,316 0.12 4,373 0.12 4,469 0.13
Jews 12.198 0.33 5,312 0.15 3,769 0.11
Residents 3,719,614 100.00 3,524,028 100.00 3,310,597 100.00

Note: the proportions refer to the total number of inhabitants. Including the group of people who did not provide any information about their ethnic affiliation (2002 758 and 2010 42,349 people)

The area's population is over 90% Russian. The Tatars, Ukrainians and Mordvins are the only significant ethnic minorities in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. Their number - like the number of Chuvashes, Mari, Belarusians and Jews - is falling sharply, however. On the other hand, numerous people have immigrated from the Transcaucasus and Central Asia since the end of the Soviet Union. In addition to the Armenians and Azerbaijani, especially the number of Yazidis (2010: 3,781 people) and Tajiks (1989: 528; 2010: 2,145 people).

Administrative division and largest cities

The Nizhny Novgorod Oblast is divided into 48 Rajons and 4 urban districts .

The urban districts are made up of the four largest cities in the oblast, the capital and megacity Nizhny Novgorod , the major cities of Dzerzhinsk and Arsamas and the “ closed city ” (SATO) Sarov . There are a total of 28 cities and 55 urban-type settlements in the oblast.

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the port of Nizhny Novgorod
Biggest cities
Surname Russian name Residents
(October 14, 2010)
Nizhny Novgorod Нижний Новгород 1,250,619
Dzerzhinsk Дзержинск 240,742
Arsamas Арзамас 106,362
Sarov Саров 92,047
boron Бор 78.058
Kstowo Кстово 66,657
Pavlovo Павлово 60,698
Wyksa Выкса 56,201
Balachna Балахна 51,519


Peat briquette factory in
Bor district

The most important branches of industry are car production, mechanical engineering, food processing and the chemical industry.


Of the large number of narrow-gauge railways that were built from the 1930s onwards mainly for the transport of wood and peat and were mostly still in operation in the 1980s, only two peat railways remain in the oblast today (as of 2012) The Alzewo peat railway and the Kerschenez peat railway , as well as some factory railways , for example at the Kaprolaktam chemical factory in Dzerzhinsk and at the Peschelan gypsum works near Arsamas .

Web links

Commons : Nizhny Novgorod Oblast  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Administrativno-territorialʹnoe delenie po subʺektam Rossijskoj Federacii na 1 janvarja 2010 goda (administrative-territorial division according to subjects of the Russian Federation as of January 1, 2010). ( Download from the website of the Federal Service for State Statistics of the Russian Federation)
  2. a b Itogi Vserossijskoj perepisi naselenija 2010 goda. Tom 1. Čislennostʹ i razmeščenie naselenija (Results of the All-Russian Census 2010. Volume 1. Number and distribution of the population). Tables 5 , pp. 12-209; 11 , pp. 312–979 (download from the website of the Federal Service for State Statistics of the Russian Federation)