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.
Distance to Moscow
Moscow—Irkutsk — 6 hours
2.42 million people
4.50% english speaking population
Area of the Region
774,8 thousand sq km
Gross Regional Product₽ 796,59 billion₽ 329,14 thousand per person
Foreign Direct Investment$ 472,40 million$ 195,60 per person
Fixed investment₽ 192,46 million₽ 79 639 per person
Unemployment rate8,80 %
Percentage of profitable companies71,40 %
Average cost of living₽ 8 629
Average monthly wage₽ 31 408
Geographical location and climate
612,97 K people
238,83 K people
229,59 K people
|Sunny days||Average annual rainfall|
|Average January temperature||Average July temperature|
|Agricultural period||Snow cover duration|
|7 months||5 months|
- 17.4 billion t
- 2.3 thousand t
- 505 million t
- 853 million t
- Natural gas
- 4 trillion cubic m
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.