The region of Sverdlovsk belongs to the most economically productive regions of the Russian Federation, whose productivity and importance stems primarily from its sound industrial base and considerable mineral resources, consisting first and foremost of iron and non-ferrous metals. Because a major part of the region is on the Asian side of the Ural Mountains (with only the region's south-west expansion jutting out into Europe), it can be considered the most populous region in the Asian section of Russia and the fifth most populous in the entire Federation. The Sverdlovsk Region is included in the Ural area.
Yekaterinburg (1.42 million inhabitants), the region's capital city, is counted among five largest cities of Russia and regarded as the major hub of the Eurasian space. Located two thousand kilometers east of Moscow and positioned as a borderland between Europe and Asia, the Sverdlovsk Region enjoys a favorable geographical position at the intersection of transcontinental passageways for minerals, goods, capital, information and workforce. Sverdlovsk businesses maintain key positions in heavy industry, particularly in metallurgy and mechanical engineering, specializing in the equipment for metallurgy and for chemical, petrochemical, electrical and railroad industries. As a traditionally thriving industry emerges the manufacture of heavy pieces of military technology. The local mechanical engineering is nowadays well represented by 210 major plants, 11 research institutes and design studios, over 140 smaller businesses, 3 regional centers of technology and 43 trading groups. A good many of the businesses are successful in exporting their products to foreign markets.The Sverdlovsk Region strives to develop into a focal point of international cooperation in the Eurasian space.
|Top regional leader:||Evgeny Kuyvashev, governor|
|Land area:||194,800 km2|
|Administrative arrangement:||30 subregions|