Khanty-Mansiysk is the city located in the central part of Western Siberia on the bank of the Irtysh River. It is a small town with an area of 534,8 thousand sq. km surrounded by coniferous wood. The population is just above 1500 people.
The history of the city began in 1930 as a working settlement. Afterward Khanty-Mansiysk got the status of the city in 1950. Thus Khanty-Mansiysk is very young but has developed rather quickly. The city looks attractive and comfortable, with nice modern buildings and urban infrastructure. The basic industry is oil production.
Khanty-Mansiysk was historically the place where north ethnic groups of hanti and mansi people have lived. The region therefore tries to preserve traditions and historical values. There are many tourist attractions: an open-air museum “Torum-Maa” (architecture of the people of the north) located near Khanty-Mansiysk, featuring magnificent wooden constructions which have remained from 1930′s. Khanty-Mansiysk is an area of unique natural beauty including, “The Valley of streams” and “Samarovsky hill” (Ust-Irtysh mountain).
Khanty-Mansiysk is the centre of world class mountain skiing. The World Cup biathlon often takes place here; therefore tourism is well developed. In 2003 the World championship biathlon was hosted in Khanty-Mansiysk and will be held again in 2011. Also the World chess Olympic Games in 2010 will pass in Khanty-Mansiysk.
The district climate is sharply continental, characterized by a fast change of weather conditions especially from autumn by the winter and from spring by the summer. Winters are severe and long with a steady snow cover, while summers are short and rather warm. Average temperatures in January range from-18 to-24 degrees Celsius. The warmest month is July with an average temperature from +15,7 to +18,4 degrees on Celsius.
The Telephone code for Khanty-Mansiysk is 3467.