The Leningrad Region is a constituent territory of the Russian Federation located in the north-western European part of the country.
The surface area of the Leningrad Region totals 83.9 thousand square kilometers.
The border of Russia with Finland and Estonia stretches in the territory of the Leningrad Region as well as the administrative border with five constituent territories of the Russian Federation: Novgorod, Pskov, Vologda Regions, Republic of Karelia, and Saint Petersburg.
The distance to Moscow is 634 km.
The Leningrad Region has a developed chain of automotive and railway transport; the area has maritime trade ports: Primorsk, Vysotsk, Vyborg, Ust-Luga.
Population as of January 1st 2015 — 1,8 million people, with 1,2 million living in urban areas and 0,6 million – In rural areas. Among them, 0,95 million people are economically active.
Part of the Leningrad Region along with Saint Petersburg constitutes the country’s second-largest urban agglomeration. Activity of agglomeration processes has recently shifted toward the Leningrad Region, a territory adjacent to the boundary of Saint Petersburg, which turns into a space where large investment projects in the area of industry and logistics are implemented. The agglomeration is populated by approximately 7 million people. Agglomeration processes and the constantly improving transport infrastructure ensure access to the Saint Petersburg labor market surpassing 2.8 million people.
By the rate of economic growth, the Leningrad Region has leading positions in the north-western federal district in the last few years.
Traditional industrial sectors for the Leningrad Region sre presented below:
- manufacturing and automotive industry: Ford Motor Company CJSC, Ford Sollers LLC, Ariston Thermo Rus LLC, Severlstal-SMC-Vsevolozhsk CJSC, Siemens Combustion Turbines Technology LLC, Tihvinmash CJSC;
- shipbuilding industry: Vyborgsky shipbuilding enterprise OJSC, Leningradsky shipbuilding enterprise “Pella” OJSC;
- chemical and petrochemical production: Kinef LLC, Nokian Tyres LLC, Kirishinefteorgsintez LLC, Eurochem holding company, Metahim CJSC;
- timber processing, pulp and paper industry: Svetogorsk OJSC, Syassky Pulp and Paper Industrial Complex OJSC, Vyborgskaya celuloza OJSC;
- aluminium industry: Volhovsky aluminium enterprise OJSC, Vsevolozhsky enterprise of aluminium alloy LLC (VZas LLC);
- construction materials industry: T-Beton CJSC, Pikalevsky concrete CJSC, Slantsevsky concrete factory “Cesla” OJSC, Mayr-Melnhof Holz Efimofsky LLC.
The Leningrad Region is one of the country’s most appealing areas for investors and has the following advantages:
- optimal costs of running business;
- high ratings and dynamics of growth;
- large sales market;
- developed labor market;
- unique geopolitical position;
- efficient support measures.