The Vologda Oblast was established on September 23, 1937.

It is situated in northwestern Russia 500 km (311 MI) off Moscow and borders on the Republic of Karelia, on the Arkhangelsk, Kirov, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Tver, Novgorod, and Leningrad oblasts. The oblast occupies the territory of 144.5 thousand square kilometres, which is equal to the territories of Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland taken together. The Vologda territory is crossed by important ways connecting central Russia with the Urals and Siberia. The rivers flowing through the oblast’s territory carry their waters to the Baltic, White and Caspian seas.

The centre of the oblast is Vologda that was founded in 1147. The city of Vologda is one of the most important junctions of railways, automobile roads and airways in the North of Russia. It is a river port that stands on the river under the same name.

The Vologda Region has always played a significant role in Russia’s history. Belozersk is one of the centers of Russian statehood. The Vologda Region was converted to Christianity in the early Middle Ages. The Kirillo-Belozersky monastery and other monastic complexes sprouted up in the Vologda Region in XII—XV centuries formed the foundations of Russian spirituality.

Enterprises of Vologda, Cherepovets and other cities in the region form its industrial potential and make a significant contribution to the economic development of the country.

The main wealth of the Vologda Region is our people, courageous, hardworking, responsible, who defended our Fatherland in war time and make a tangible contribution into Russia’s development thanks to their achievements in economy, arts and sports.

Vologda Oblast official website