Kamchatka Krai

Kamchatka Krai (Russian: Камча́тский край, tr. Kamchatsky kray, IPA: [kɐmˈtɕatskʲɪj kraj]) is a federal subject (a krai) of Russia. It is geographically located in the Far East region of the country, and it is administratively part of the Far Eastern Federal District. Kamchatka Krai has a population of 322,079 (2010).[10]

Kamchatka Krai
Камчатский край
Anthem: Anthem of Kamchatka Krai[1]
Coordinates: 56°00′N 159°00′E
Federal districtFar Eastern[2]
Economic regionFar Eastern[3]
Administrative centerPetropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  BodyLegislative Assembly[4]
  Governor[4]Vladimir Solodov[5]
  Total472,300 km2 (182,400 sq mi)
Area rank10th
Time zoneUTC+12 (MSK+9 [8])
ISO 3166 codeRU-KAM
License plates41, 82
OKTMO ID30000000
Official languagesRussian[9]

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the largest city and capital of Kamchatka Krai, and home to over half of the krai's population.

Kamchatka Krai was formed on July 1, 2007, as a result of the merger of Kamchatka Oblast and Koryak Autonomous Okrug, based on the voting in a referendum on the issue on October 23, 2005. The okrug retains the status of a special administrative division of the krai, under the name of Koryak Okrug.

The Kamchatka Peninsula forms the majority of the krai's territory, separating the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea in the Pacific Ocean. The remainder is formed by a minor northern mainland portion, Karaginsky Island and the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea. It is bordered by Magadan Oblast to the west and Chukotka to the north. Kamchatka Krai is an active volcanic zone which is home to Kluchevskaya, the largest volcano in Eurasia, and the Decade Volcanoes of Avachinsky and Koryaksky.

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