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Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra

Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra is located in the middle of West-Siberian lowland that extends for almost 1400 km from west to east and for 800 km from north to south.

Total amount of municipal institutions is 106. Khanty-Mansiysk is the Okrug administrative center. The total area of Okrug is 534 800 km2 and is comparable to the area of France or Ukraine. The highest point is Mountain Narodnaya (1895 m). The population on the 1st of January 2010 is 1 539 000.

Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug takes the leading place among regions of the Russian Federation in the industrial production, production of electricity, oil and gas, investment in fixed capital and taxes proceeds to accounting system.

Ugra is a beautiful land with wonderful cedar urmans, separated with strong wide rivers. Pure lakes hide in bright pine forests, snow-covered mountains neighbor with boundless cranberry bogs.

Social politics

The development of human potential is one of the priorities of Ugra government politics aimed at creating necessary conditions for giving birth, bringing up and educating of children. There are unique social laws and programs in Okrug: «Quality of population’s life», «Family, maternity, paternity and childhood support», «State social help», «Ugra children», programs on demographic evolution, challenged people support.

In order to improve the technology of social service on the Ugra territory new forms of work with the population are adopted. District social services are functioning; mobile social service is dynamically developing.

«Social Payment Card «Ugra» Project is being implemented in Ugra by Okrug Government. This system is aimed at the solution of the Public Authority tasks to increase the population life quality and the efficiency of the state, municipal and other service activities of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug.

Cultural Center

Nowadays Ugra is not only oil, but also Spivakov’s concerts, Tabakov’s performances and Kustodiev’s paintings. Creating the conditions for the new spiritual values production along with maintenance of the richest original culture indigenous people of the North is the main achievement of the regional politics in cultural sphere.

There are 208 entertainment institutions on the territory of Ugra. Moreover there are 37 modern museums, 240 libraries, excellent picture galleries, interesting craft centers and art schools. The system of creative collaboration between Okrug talented children and leading art figures of the Russian and World community is being successfully adopted in Ugra.

There is unique educational institution in Ugra – Regional Art Center for talented children of the North, which unites elementary, specialized secondary and higher education in cultural sphere.


Khanty-Mansiysk today is first of all a tourist business infrastructure with well-developed network of high-class hotels, restaurants and cafes, museums, concert and exhibition halls. Grandiose events of international and Russian levels are taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug: festivals, contests, sport competitions.  All this is a basis for development of the internal and external tourism.

Ugra is visited by 400 000 tourists every year. Some of them come in order to conclude different agreements, others want to get a taste of northern exotica or visit concerts with the participation of local artists and international stars. They might also want to visit the picture gallery, where Shishkin’s, Vasnetsov’s, Repin’s, Aivazovsky’s, Kiprensky’s, Kustodiev’s, Savrasov’s and other great artists’ masterpieces are represented.

Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug is a unique natural complex which has all the opportunities of the guest accommodation, organization of trophy hunting and fishing.

For those who like active way of life there is rafting on the Siberian Rivers, mountain jaunts, horse riding, collection of wild-growing nuts, mushrooms, berries etc.

Due to the hilly relief different kinds of extreme sport (such as snowboarding, cross-country skiing, kiting) are developing in Okrug.

What is of a great interest is the ancient culture of Khanty and Mansy which you can get acquainted with at national settlements and nomad camps. You can try living in a national tent; you can ride in a cart harnessed with deer; you can find out national cuisine secrets.

A place of sport

Ugra today is a place where thousands of sport events are taking place, starting with the events of municipal level and finishing with the biggest international competitions in biathlon, volleyball, boxing, and water polo. Only in 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk hosted The World Chess Olympiad, the final stage of Biathlon World Cup, Europe Championships Billiard, International Competitions in equestrian sport «Ugra Cup».

At the present time sports-health-improving services for Okrug’s population are rendered at the basis of more than 2 000 sports installations, which meet the highest requirements and standards. There are swimming pools, stadiums, manages, sport palaces with the manufactured ice, biathlon complex and ski pavilions in the Okrug.

In 2006 the hockey club «Ugra» was founded. For four years the team managed to raise its level from the second division to the top one, where they got the champion title twice.

Indigenous smaller peoples of the North

Khanty, Mansi and forest Nenets are the representatives of the indigenous smaller peoples of the North. The population is 30 000 which is 2% of the Autonomous Okrug’s population. 2500 people lead the traditional way of life.

There are national communes and enterprises in Ugra. «Saving of Ugra» is the first organization of smaller peoples of the North in the Russian Federation. Its representatives work in seminars, theoretical and practical conferences, festivals, congresses on practical orientation and the main topic is the relationship between aboriginals and mineral resources users. In Okrug there are the newspapers, which are published in the languages of Khanty and Mansi. Television and radio broadcasts go on the air every day.

Team standings
1 Russia 20 13 15 48
2 Ukraine 8 9 6 23
3 Norway 1 5 3 9
4 Canada 5 2 7
4 Poland 1 5 1 7
6 Germany 2 4 6
6 Belarus 1 2 2 5
8 Finland 4 4
8 Italy 2 1 3
10 France 1 1