thousands sq. km.
Pskov Oblast is situated in the north-west of Russia and belongs to
the North-Western Federal District of the Russian Federation.
Oblast territory covers
55.3 thousand sq. km. Maximum length
from north to south is 380 km, from west to east - 260 km. Pskov
Oblast is the only federal subject of Russia which borders three
foreign countries (it has a common border of 270 km with Estonia,
shares a 214 km frontier with Latvia, and 305 km with the Republic
Within the country limits, the region adjoins Leningrad, Novgorod,
Twer and Smolensk oblasts. The distance from Pskov to Moscow and
Saint-Petersburg is 689 km and 280 km, respectively.
As of 1 January 2006, resident population of
was 724 594 people.
Urban and rural population accounts for 486 698 and 237 896 people,
respectively. The population of major cities: Pskov – 197047
people, Velikiye Luki – 102357 people.
the oblast is divided into 24 districts (of which 9 are border
areas), and includes 14 cities.
Pskov Oblast is well endowed with diverse mineral reserves,
including even diamondiferous kimberlite pipes occurrence (Gdov
region). Explored peat reserves are estimated at 300 mln. tons, with
only 350 of 3000 established peatbogs having been developed so far.
Other available resources include: molding and glassmaking sand;
refractory and fusible clay deposits; mineral pigments used for
earth colors preparation; sapropel with broad application
opportunities ranging from treatment purposes to building materials
production; therapeutic muds and medicinal clays. Mineral water
production - both for external and internal use - appears to offer
good prospects as well. Eight discovered mineral water sources
contain reserves of over 5 mln. cubic meters.