Geography

Tatarstan is situated in the centre of European part of Russia on the East European Plain, in confluence of the rivers Volga and Kama. The city of Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. 797 km separate Kazan from the Russian capital Moscow.

  • 68 thousand m² total area
  • 1.2 mln Kazan’s population
  • 50 % of Russian population lives within 1000 km of Tatarstan
  • 797 km from Moscow
    to Kazan

Republic of Tatarstan borders eight regions of the Russian Federation: the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Udmurt Republic, the Republic of Marij El, the Chuvash Republic, the Orenburg, the Ulyanovsk, and the Samara Regions.

The territory of the region is defined by the forested plain and forest-steppe zone with upland areas. Nearly 20% of the territory is covered by deciduous and coniferous forests. With 4 major water storage basins, 500 minor rivers and more than 800 lakes and ponds Tatarstan is a water-rich area.

Climate

Tatarstan’s territory is characterised by a mid-latitude moderate-continental climate, with warm summer and moderately cold winter. July is the hottest and January is the coldest month of the year. Severe frosts and stifling heat are not typical for Tatarstan; 4 seasons are well-defined here.

  • 272 sunny days per year
  • 554 mm annual average rainfall
  • -9.3 °C day-time temperature in January
  • +24.8 °C day-time temperature in July

Some changes in climate were noted within the last 10 years towards warming and increase in humidity. Winter in Tatarstan is close to the Baltic winter, and summer — to the Mediterranean one.

Impact of the Climate on Business Activity

The climate in Tatarstan affects the sphere of construction. Generally, external construction activities are performed during 7 months of the spring-summer period from March to September, and internal activities — during the other 5 months of  the autumn-winter period from October to February.

In Tatarstan the water navigation is accessible for 5 months between May and September. The largest river artery of Europe — the Volga river — runs through the region, connecting the Baltic, the White, the Caspian, the Azov and the Black seas. You can get from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ufa, Astrakhan and other cities to Kazan by water.

We make a good use of our advantageous geographical location and climate.

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