Creating a friendly environment for investors is the priority for our government, because the Irkutsk region has all the opportunities for advanced development. Its unique geopolitical location, rich stock of natural resources, localization of big manufactures and scientific centres — all these create the necessary conditions for the realization of big projects in the science-driven industry.

Building the industrial clusters in the region involves infrastructure integration with Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), as well as the rebirth of small aircraft manufacture in the Buryat Republic and the Trans-Baikal Territory. There are plans for creating a transregional tourism cluster "Baikal Ring".

We are opened to cooperation; we keep our obligations and are ready to imlement the boldest and biggest projects in our region.

Governor of Irkutsk region
Sergey Levchenko
  • Administrative center


  • Federal district


  • Distance to Moscow

    5042 km

    Moscow—Irkutsk — 6 hours

  • Timezone


  • Population

    2415.00 million people

    4.50% english speaking population

  • Area of the Region

    774,8 thousand sq km


Economic performance

  • Gross Regional Product

    796 587 billion
    ₽ 329 142,70 thousand per person
  • Foreign Direct Investment

    $ 472,40 million
    $ 195,60 per person
  • Fixed investment

    192,46 million
    ₽ 79 639 per person
  • Unemployment rate

    8,80 %
  • Percentage of profitable companies

    71,40 %
  • Average cost of living

    8 629
  • Average monthly wage

    31 408
Gross Regional Product
GRP per capita
Foreign Direct Investment
Fixed investment
Fixed investment per capita
Unemployment rate
Average monthly wage
Percentage of profitable companies

Geographical location and climate

Largest cities



    612,97 K people



    238,83 K people



    229,59 K people

Sunny days Average annual rainfall
218 39 mm
Average January temperature Average July temperature
-14°С 24°С
Agricultural period Snow cover duration
7 months 5 months
Natural area
Mixed forest

Natural resources

  • Mineral resources

    17.4 billion t
    2.3 thousand t
    505 million t
  • Combustible resources

    853 million t
    Natural gas
    4 trillion cubic m
  • Other resources

    Forest resources The region has unique forest resources. Wooded land covers 64.3 million hectares, or 83% of the territory. The predominant species in the forested area are larch (28.8%), pine (24, 2%), cedar (10.8%), spruce (5%), birch (5%) and aspen (4.3%). In terms of timber harvesting the region is in 1st place among the members of the Russian Federation. Timber reserve is 9.1 billion cubic m, of which 5 billion cubic m are mature and overmature stands.

    Water resources The region is located in the Angara-Lena artesian basin of mineral waters, represented by three hundred sources (lots of them are used for commercial purposes as a resourse of drinking water). The main water artery - river Angara with a cascade of reservoirs, Lena river Lower Tunguska. The lake fund includes lake Baikal — the world's largest fresh water reservoir with a volume of 23,000 km3 — that is 20% of the world's surface fresh water and more than 90% of its reserves in Russia.


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