Where is Siberia?


Various maps that define the territory of Siberia, may confuse even those who live in Russia. The confusion arises because of various divisions of the territory of Russia. Essentially the exact delimitation of Siberia can be determined by various methods: administrative and territorial, entering into an economic region, by climatic zone, by natural area, etc.


Dark Red – Siberian Federal District

Thus, taking into account the development of economic and ethnic ties of the whole territory of Russia was divided into 11 major economic regions. Some authors name these areas regions, among them the Western Siberia andEastern Siberia. There is another way of dividing the territory’s economic zones. According to this method there is European part of Russia, Siberia and the Far East. Geographically Siberia is often seen without the Far East also(only the Western and Eastern Siberia). Another division is by main natural areas: Western Siberia, Eastern Siberia, Central Siberia, the mountains of southern Siberia (Altai, Sayan, Baikal, Transbaikalia) and North-Eastern Siberia. Moreover since 2000 the Russian Federation was introduced seven federal districts: Northwest, Central, Southern, Volga, Urals, Siberian Federal District and Far East.

Important to remember that from a historical point of view the Far East joins the “structure” of Siberia. Because earlier Siberia named all unexplored territory to the east of the Ural Mountains.

So when you look at the map of Siberia, you should understand what kind of division it is. Siberia, now referred to parts of Asia from the Urals to the mountain ridges of the Okhotsk Sea coast, from the Arctic Ocean to the Kazakh steppes and Mongolia.

Regardless of the divisions, invariably what remains is that Siberia is the most beautiful place on our planet. A land with a unique virgin nature, a considerable quantity of fertile rivers and diverse nationalities keeping their traditions to this day. Siberia is a rare place where it is possible to feel all completeness of nature’s wonder and still enjoy the dynamics of city life.