Arkhangelsk Oblast

Arkhangelsk Oblast (Russian: Арха́нгельская о́бласть, Arkhangelskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). It includes the Arctic archipelagos of Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya, as well as the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea. Arkhangelsk Oblast also has administrative jurisdiction over the Nenets Autonomous Okrug (NAO). Including the NAO, Arkhangelsk Oblast has an area of 587,400 km2. Its population (including the NAO) was 1,227,626 as of the 2010 Census.[9]

Arkhangelsk Oblast
Архангельская область
Anthem: Anthem of Arkhangelsk Oblast
Arkhangelsk Oblast, with the constituent Nenets Autonomous Okrug highlighted in light red
Coordinates: 63°30′N 43°00′E
Federal districtNorthwestern[2]
Economic regionNorthern[3]
Administrative centerArkhangelsk[4]
  BodyAssembly of Deputies[5]
  Governor[6]Alexander Tsybulsky[7]
  Total587,400 km2 (226,800 sq mi)
 (2010 Census)[9][10]
1,155,028 (−2.6%)
  Density2.0/km2 (5.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK [12])
ISO 3166 codeRU-ARK
License plates29
OKTMO ID11000000
Official languagesRussian[13]
The reverse side of the commemorative 10 ruble coin issued by the Bank of Russia, honoring the Republics and Regions of the Russian Federation; shown is the 10 ruble coin honoring Arkhangelsk Oblast (2007)

The city of Arkhangelsk, with a population of 348,716 as of the 2010 Census,[9] is the administrative center of the oblast.[4] The second largest city is the nearby Severodvinsk, home to Sevmash, the main shipyard for the Russian Navy. Among the oldest populated places of the oblast are Kholmogory, Kargopol, and Solvychegodsk; there are a number of Russian Orthodox monasteries, including the Antoniev Siysky Monastery and the World Heritage Site of the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea.

Plesetsk Cosmodrome is one of three spaceports in Russia (the other two are Kapustin Yar in Astrakhan Oblast and Yasny in Orenburg Oblast).

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