Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Its area covers about 425000 km and the population stands at 1107000 people which makes one third of the total. The able-bodied people’s number adds up to two thirds of the overall population. People aged between 40 and 50 comprise its largest age-group.
In 2003 the average number of those working in different economic spheres was 435000 people. Of which more than 60 % were within the sphere of producton of material values.
Kazan is a city with a long-standing industry and is also a traditional business, financial, industrial and cultural center. There is a unique production, research and development potential concentrated here. There also an elaborate machinery, up-to-date equipment, special devices and high quality consumer goods are brought out here.
Amongst the fields of first place are ingeneering, chemical and food industries. They account for over 30 % of the whole republic manufacturing. More than 40 % of all the enterprises and over 10000 small-scale enterprises (59.3 % of all the officially recorded) are concentrated in Kazan.
Kazan is a major railway and road junction, though airlines and waterways also converge on the city. Above all it is a scientific and educational centre with the total of 214 educational institutions, 34 of which are classical schools and 14 are lycees. For the moment the higher education is provided by 22 state and 8 non-state establishments. There are 7 active professional theatres, 7 museums, 75 public libraries and 24 recreational facilities.
The city keeps growing in popularity all over the world. The Kazan Kremlin was put on the List of the worldwide heritage of Unesco. And in 2005 Kazan is going to see its 1000-year Anniversary.
The city is divided into 7 districts. They are Aviastroitelny, Vakhitovskiy, Kirovskiy, Moskovskiy, Novo-Savinovskiy, Privolshkiy and Sovetskiy.
Apart from that the Sovetskiy district includes Bolshederbyshenskiy settlement.