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 federal okrug: Privolzhsky
 economic region: Povolzhie
 area: 100.2 th.sq.km.
 population: 2 739 th.p.
 index of car numbers: 64

Saratovsky region exists since 1934. Saratov was built as a fortress in the end of the 16th century. Advantageous geographic location - in the crossing of the Volga river and highways, connecting the Centre with Povolzhje, the Southern Ural and Kazakhstan - made Saratov one of the main cities of Russia.

By the end of the 19th - beginning of the 20th centuries Saratovskaya province was the driest and the least fertile, the most inhabited and the poorest region in Russia. P. Stolypin was assigned as a governor of the province.

 Geographical location

Saratovskaya region is situated in the south-east of the East-European plain. The region borders on Volgogradskaya region in the south, on Voronezhskaya and Tambovskaya regions in the west, on Penzenskaya and Ulyanovskaya regions in the north, on Samarskaya region in the north-east, on Kazakhstan in the south-east and the south.

Main river is the Volga.

The climate of the region is continental.

 Administrative division

Saratovskaya region is divided into 38 districts, 12 towns of the regional submission, 5 towns of district submission, 34 town settlements, 597 villages.

Centre of the region is the town of Saratov. It was founded in 1590. Distance to Moscow is 858 km.

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