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Yakutsk
Yakutsk
(Russian: Якутск, IPA: [jɪˈkutsk]; Sakha: Дьокуускай, D'okuuskay, pronounced [ɟokuːskaj]) is the capital city of the Sakha Republic, Russia, located about 450 kilometers (280 mi) south of the Arctic Circle. Population: 269,601 (2010 Census);[4] 210,642 (2002 Census);[9] 186,626 (1989 Census).[10] Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is a major port on the Lena River. It is served by the Yakutsk Airport as well as the smaller Magan Airport. It is a major supplier of diamonds. With an average temperature of −8.8 °C (16.2 °F), Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is the second coldest major city in the world after Norilsk, but Yakutsk
Yakutsk
sees colder temperatures in the winter.[11]

Contents

1 History 2 Climate 3 Economy 4 Culture 5 Administrative and municipal status 6 Transportation 7 Education and research 8 Twin towns and sister cities 9 See also 10 References 11 Bibliography 12 External links

History[edit]

Kate Marsden
Kate Marsden
leaving Yakutsk
Yakutsk
in 1891

The Yakuts, also known as the Sakha people, migrated to the area in the 13th and 14th centuries from other parts of Siberia. When they arrived they mixed with other indigenous Siberians in the area.[12] The Russian settlement of Yakutsk
Yakutsk
was founded in 1632 as an ostrog (fort) by Pyotr Beketov. In 1639, it became the center of a voyevodstvo. The Voyevoda of Yakutsk
Yakutsk
soon became the most important Russian official in the region and directed expansion to the east and south. Yakutsk
Yakutsk
did not grow into a city until the discovery of large reserves of gold and other minerals in the 1880s and 1890s. These reserves were developed extensively during industrialization under Stalin. The rapid growth of forced labor camps in Siberia was also a major factor encouraging Yakutsk’s development. Climate[edit] With an extreme subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification: Dfd), Yakutsk
Yakutsk
has the coldest winter temperatures for any major city on Earth. Average monthly temperatures in Yakutsk
Yakutsk
range from +19.5 °C (67.1 °F) in July to −38.6 °C (−37.5 °F) in January, and only Norilsk
Norilsk
has a lower mean annual temperature for any settlement of over 100,000.[citation needed] Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is the largest city built on continuous permafrost, and many houses there are built on concrete piles. The lowest temperatures ever recorded on the planet outside Antarctica occurred in the basin of the Yana River
Yana River
to the northeast of Yakutsk, making it the coldest major city in the world. Although winters are extremely cold and long – Yakutsk
Yakutsk
has never recorded a temperature above freezing between 10 November and 14 March inclusive – summers are warm (though rather short), with daily maximum temperatures occasionally exceeding +30 °C (86 °F),[citation needed] making the seasonal temperature differences for the region the greatest in the world. The lowest temperature recorded in Yakutsk
Yakutsk
was −64.4 °C (−83.9 °F) on 5 February 1891 and the highest temperatures +38.4 °C (101.1 °F) on 17 July 2011 and +38.3 °C (100.9 °F) on 15 July 1943. The hottest month in records going back to 1834 has been July 1894, with a mean of +23.2 °C (73.8 °F),[13] and the coldest, January 1900, which averaged −51.2 °C (−60.2 °F).[14] Yakutsk
Yakutsk
has a distinct inland location, being almost 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from the Pacific Ocean, which coupled with the high latitude means exposure to severe winters and also lack of temperature moderation. July temperatures soar to an above-normal average for this parallel, with the average being several degrees hotter than such more southerly Far East cities as Vladivostok
Vladivostok
or Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.[citation needed] The July daytime temperatures are even hotter than some marine subtropical areas. The warm summers ensure that Yakutsk, despite its freezing winters, is far south of the tree line. The climate is quite dry, with most of the annual precipitation occurring in the warmest months, due to the intense Siberian High forming around the very cold continental air during the winter. However, summer precipitation is not heavy since the moist southeasterly winds from the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
lose their moisture over the coastal mountains well before reaching the Lena valley. With the Lena River
Lena River
navigable in the summer, there are various boat cruises offered, including upriver to the Lena Pillars, and downriver tours which visit spectacular scenery in the lower reaches and the Lena delta.

Climate data for Yakutsk
Yakutsk
(1981 to 2010)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) −5.8 (21.6) −2.2 (28) 8.3 (46.9) 21.1 (70) 31.1 (88) 35.1 (95.2) 38.4 (101.1) 35.4 (95.7) 27.0 (80.6) 18.6 (65.5) 3.9 (39) −3.9 (25) 38.4 (101.1)

Average high °C (°F) −35.1 (−31.2) −28.6 (−19.5) −12.3 (9.9) 1.7 (35.1) 13.2 (55.8) 22.4 (72.3) 25.5 (77.9) 21.5 (70.7) 11.5 (52.7) −3.6 (25.5) −23.1 (−9.6) −34.3 (−29.7) −3.4 (25.9)

Daily mean °C (°F) −38.6 (−37.5) −33.6 (−28.5) −20.1 (−4.2) −4.8 (23.4) 7.5 (45.5) 16.4 (61.5) 19.5 (67.1) 15.2 (59.4) 6.1 (43) −7.8 (18) −27 (−17) −37.6 (−35.7) −8.8 (16.2)

Average low °C (°F) −41.5 (−42.7) −38.2 (−36.8) −27.4 (−17.3) −11.8 (10.8) 1.0 (33.8) 9.3 (48.7) 12.7 (54.9) 8.9 (48) 1.2 (34.2) −12.2 (10) −31 (−24) −40.4 (−40.7) −14.1 (6.6)

Record low °C (°F) −63 (−81) −64.4 (−83.9) −54.9 (−66.8) −41 (−42) −18.1 (−0.6) −5.4 (22.3) −1.5 (29.3) −7.8 (18) −14.2 (6.4) −40.9 (−41.6) −54.5 (−66.1) −59.8 (−75.6) −64.4 (−83.9)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 9 (0.35) 8 (0.31) 7 (0.28) 8 (0.31) 20 (0.79) 35 (1.38) 39 (1.54) 37 (1.46) 31 (1.22) 18 (0.71) 16 (0.63) 10 (0.39) 238 (9.37)

Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 2.1 2.0 1.9 2.9 3.8 7.3 6.5 6.0 5.3 6.1 5.7 4.1 53.7

Average snowy days 28 28 17 10 5 0 0 0 4 25 28 27 172

Average relative humidity (%) 76 76 70 60 54 57 62 67 72 78 78 76 68.8

Mean monthly sunshine hours 18.6 98.0 232.5 273.0 303.8 333.0 347.2 272.8 174.0 105.4 60.0 9.3 2,227.6

Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net[15]

Source #2: [16]

Economy[edit]

Yakutsk
Yakutsk
building of a Russo-Asian bank

Yakutia Airlines
Yakutia Airlines
has its head office in the city.[17] Culture[edit]

Yakutsk
Yakutsk
Orthodox cathedral of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ

There are several theaters in Yakutsk: the State Russian Drama Theater, named after A. S. Pushkin; the Sakha Theater, named after P. A. Oiyunsky; the Suorun Omoloon Young Spectator's Theater; and the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, named after D. K. Sivtsev. There are a number of museums as well: the National Fine Arts Museum of Sakha; the Museum of Local Lore and History, named after E. Yaroslavsky; and the only museums in the world dedicated to the khomus and permafrost. The annual Ysyakh summer festival takes place the last weekend in June. The traditional Yakut summer solstice festivities include a celebration of the revival and renewal of the nature, fertility and beginning of a new year. It is accompanied by national Yakut rituals and ceremonies, folk dancing, horse racing, Yakut ethnic music and singing, national cuisine, and competitions in traditional Yakut sports.[18] Administrative and municipal status[edit] Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is the capital of the Sakha Republic.[2] As an inhabited locality, Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is classified as a city under republic jurisdiction.[1] Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is, together with the settlement of Zhatay
Zhatay
and eleven rural localities, incorporated as the city of republic significance of Yakutsk—an administrative unit with a status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, Yakutsk
Yakutsk
and the eleven rural localities are incorporated as Yakutsk
Yakutsk
Urban Okrug.[3] The settlement of Zhatay
Zhatay
is not a part of Yakutsk
Yakutsk
Urban Okrug and is independently incorporated as Zhatay
Zhatay
Urban Okrug.[3]

Municipal composition of Yakutsk
Yakutsk
Urban Okrug

Towns / Cities Population Male Female Inhabited localities in jurisdiction

City of Yakutsk (Якутск) 285,023 135,085 (47.4%) 149,938 (52.6%)

City of Yakutsk selo of Magan selo of Namtsyr selo of Staraya Tabaga selo of Tabaga

Urban settlements Population Male Female Inhabited localities in jurisdiction

Zhatay
Zhatay
Urban Okrug (Жатай) 9,504 4,624 (48.7%) 4,480 (51.3%)

Urban-type settlement of Zhatay

Rural settlements Population Male Female Rural localities in jurisdiction*

Tulagino-Kildemsky Nasleg (Тулагино-Кильдемский) 4,031 2,050 (50.9%) 1,981 (49.1%)

selo of Tulagino selo of Kapitonovka selo of Kildyamtsy selo of Syrdakh

Khatassky Nasleg (Хатасский) 6,610 3,238 (49.0%) 3,372 (51.0%)

selo of Khatassy selo of Vladimirovka selo of Prigorodny

Divisional source:[19] Population source:[4] *Administrative centers are shown in bold Transportation[edit]

This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (January 2014)

Bus in Yakutsk

Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is a destination of the Lena Highway. The city's connection to the highway is only accessible by ferry in the summer, or in the dead of winter, directly over the frozen Lena River, as Yakutsk
Yakutsk
lies entirely on its western bank, and there is no bridge anywhere in the Sakha Republic
Sakha Republic
that crosses the Lena. The river is impassable for long periods of the year when it contains loose ice, when the ice cover is not thick enough to support traffic, or when the water level is too high and the river is turbulent with spring flooding. The highway ends on the eastern bank of Lena in Nizhny Bestyakh
Nizhny Bestyakh
(Нижний Бестях), an urban-type settlement of some four thousand people. Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is connected with Magadan
Magadan
by the Kolyma Highway. A road bridge over the Lena is scheduled to be built by 2020.[20][21] The bridge had originally been planned to be a dual-use railroad and road bridge so the Amur Yakutsk
Yakutsk
Mainline, the North–South railroad being extended from the South, could connect the city with the East–West Baikal Amur Mainline. The railway reached the settlement of Nizhny Bestyakh, on the opposite bank of the Lena from Yakutsk, in November 2011.[22] The bridge will be over 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) long and constructed 40 kilometers (25 mi) upriver at Tabaga, where the river narrows and does not create a wide flooded area in spring. In the dead of winter, the frozen Lena makes for a passable highway for ice truckers using its channel to deliver provisions to far-flung outposts. Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is also connected to other parts of Russia
Russia
by Yakutsk
Yakutsk
Airport. Education and research[edit] M.K.Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University is situated in the city. There is also a branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which contains, among other things, the Institute of Cosmophysical Research, which runs the Yakutsk
Yakutsk
Extensive Air Shower installation (one of the largest cosmic-ray detector arrays in the world), and the Yakutsk Permafrost
Permafrost
Institute developed with the aim of solving the serious and costly problems associated with construction of buildings on frozen soil. At the primary and secondary levels, the city has a number of UNESCO Associated Schools, including the Sakha-Turkish College, Sakha-French School, Sakha-Korean School, and School #16.[23] Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

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See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Russia Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is twinned with:

Changwon, South Korea Fairbanks, Alaska, United States Harbin, Heilongjiang, China Murayama, Japan Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

See also[edit]

Yakutsk
Yakutsk
TV Tower

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f Registry of the Administrative-Territorial Divisions of the Sakha Republic ^ a b c Constitution of the Sakha Republic ^ a b c d Law #174-Z #355-III ^ a b c Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All- Russia
Russia
Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  ^ The value of density was calculated automatically by dividing the 2010 Census population by the area specified in the infobox. Please note that this value may not be accurate as the area specified in the infobox does not necessarily correspond to the area of the entity proper or is reported for the same year as the population. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Федеральный закон №107-ФЗ от 3 июня 2011 г. «Об исчислении времени», в ред. Федерального закона №271-ФЗ от 03 июля 2016 г. «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон "Об исчислении времени"». Вступил в силу по истечении шестидесяти дней после дня официального опубликования (6 августа 2011 г.). Опубликован: "Российская газета", №120, 6 июня 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Federal Law #107-FZ of June 31, 2011 On Calculating Time, as amended by the Federal Law #271-FZ of July 03, 2016 On Amending Federal Law "On Calculating Time". Effective as of after sixty days following the day of the official publication.). ^ Почта России. Информационно-вычислительный центр ОАСУ РПО. (Russian Post). Поиск объектов почтовой связи (Postal Objects Search) (in Russian) ^ "Телефонные коды городов / Большая Телефонная книга" (in Russian). Retrieved November 10, 2010.  ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014.  ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014.  ^ Jessa Gamble. "What's the world's coldest city?". the Guardian.  ^ http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.203.3886&rep=rep1&type=pdf ^ Погода в Якутске. Температура воздуха и осадки. Июль 2001 г. (in Russian) ^ Погода в Якутске. Температура воздуха и осадки. Январь 2001 г. ^ "Pogoda.ru.net-Climate Data for Yakutsk
Yakutsk
1981–2010" (in Russian). Retrieved February 15, 2017.  ^ "Climatological Normals of Jakutsk". weather.gov.hk.  ^ "About Us." Yakutia Airlines. Retrieved on July 18, 2010. "JSC "Air Company Yakutia" Address: 9, Bykovsky st., Yakutsk, Russia, 677014." Russian address: "Contact Us." "ОАО «Авиакомпания «Якутия» Адрес: Республика Саха (Якутия), 677014, г. Якутск, ул. Быковского, 9" ^ "Celebrate Ysyakh festival in Yakutsk…". Air Russia.  ^ City of Republic Significance Yakutsk
Yakutsk
Official website of the Sakha Republic ^ " Lena River
Lena River
Bridge to Provide Hope and Fruit" Link accessed March 15, 2014. (in English) ^ Russia
Russia
Basel's wins tender to build Yakutia railroad Reuters, Thu Nov 6, 2008 ^ Russian Berkakit-Tommot- Nizhny Bestyakh
Nizhny Bestyakh
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Bibliography[edit]

Верховный Совет Республики Саха (Якутия). 4 апреля 1992 г. «Конституция (основной закон) Республики Саха (Якутия)», в ред. Конституционного закона №1077-З №1035-IV от 8 июня 2012 г. «О внесении изменений и дополнений в Конституцию (основной закон) Республики Саха (Якутия)». Опубликован: "Якутские ведомости", №7, 26 апреля 1992 г. (Supreme Council of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic. April 4, 1992 Constitution (Basic Law) of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, as amended by the Constitutional Law #1077-Z No. 1035-IV of June 8, 2012 On Amending and Supplementing the Constitution (Basic Law) of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic. ). Государственное Собрание (Ил Тумэн) Республики Саха (Якутия). Закон №174-З №355-III от 30 ноября 2004 г. «Об установлении границ территорий и о наделении статусом городского округа муниципальных образований Республики Саха (Якутия)», в ред. Закона №641-З №177-IV от 29 декабря 2008 г «О внесении изменений в Закон Республики Саха (Якутия) "Об установлении границ территорий и о наделении статусом городского округа муниципальных образований Республики Саха (Якутия)"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Якутия", №243, 29 декабря 2004 г. (State Assembly (Il Tumen) of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic. Law #174-Z No. 355-III of November 30, 2004 On Establishing the Borders of the Territories and on Granting the Urban Okrug Status to the Municipal Formations of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, as amended by the Law #641-Z No. 177-IV of December 29, 2008 On Amending the Law of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic "On Establishing the Borders of the Territories and on Granting the Urban Okrug Status to the Municipal Formations of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic". Effective as of the day of the official publication.).

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Yakutsk.

Official website of Yakutsk
Yakutsk
(in Russian) Sakha Life Information Agency (in Russian) Lena Pillars
Lena Pillars
at Natural Heritage Protection Fund Flickr photos tagged Yakutsk The State Yakutia United Museum of History and Culture of the People of the North at Google Cultural Institute

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Administrative divisions of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic

Capital: Yakutsk

Districts

Abyysky Aldansky Allaikhovsky Amginsky Anabarsky Bulunsky Churapchinsky Eveno-Bytantaysky National Gorny Khangalassky Kobyaysky Lensky Megino-Kangalassky Mirninsky Momsky Namsky Neryungrinsky Nizhnekolymsky Nyurbinsky Olenyoksky Olyokminsky Oymyakonsky Srednekolymsky Suntarsky Tattinsky Tomponsky Ust-Aldansky Ust-Maysky Ust-Yansky Verkhnekolymsky Verkhnevilyuysky Verkhoyansky Vilyuysky Zhigansky

Cities and towns

Aldan Lensk Mirny Neryungri Nyurba Olyokminsk Pokrovsk Srednekolymsk Tommot Udachny Verkhoyansk Vilyuysk Yakutsk

Urban-type settlements

Allakh-Yun Almazny Artyk Aykhal Batagay Belaya Gora Berkakit Bezymyanny Bolshoy Nimnyr Chernyshevsky Chersky Chokurdakh Chulman Deputatsky Dzhebariki-Khaya Eldikan Ese-Khayya Khandyga Khani Kysyl-Syr Lebediny Leninsky Mokhsogollokh Nagorny Nizhneyansk Nizhny Bestyakh Nizhny Kuranakh Peleduy Sangar Serebryany Bor Solnechny Svetly Tiksi Torgo Ust-Kuyga Ust-Maya Ust-Nera Vitim Yllymakh Yugoryonok Zarechny Zhatay Zolotinka Zvyozdochka Zyryanka

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Capitals of the Republics of Russia

Abakan Cheboksary Cherkessk Elista Gorno-Altaysk Grozny Izhevsk Kazan Kyzyl Magas Makhachkala Maykop Nalchik Petrozavodsk Saransk Simferopol Syktyvkar Ufa Ulan-Ude Vladikavkaz Yakutsk Yoshkar-Ola

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Russian Far East

Topics

Cities and towns Far Eastern Federal District Far Eastern economic region Far Eastern Republic Indigenous peoples of Siberia Eastern Military District

Federal subjects

Amur Oblast Jewish Autonomous Oblast Kamchatka Krai Magadan
Magadan
Oblast Primorsky Krai Sakha Republic Sakhalin Oblast Khabarovsk
Khabarovsk
Krai Chukotka Autonomous Okrug

Largest cities

Vladivostok Khabarovsk Komsomolsk-on-Amur Blagoveshchensk Yakutsk Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Nakhodka Ussuriysk M

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