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The Chelyabinsk region is a large industrial and agricultural region where 40% of the GRP is made by industrial production. More than 3.4 million people live in the territory of the South Urals.
The metallurgical complex is a leading economic sector with more than 60% of a total industrial output.
The Chelyabinsk region provides itself with agricultural products to a great extent. The region is rated among the leaders in Russia in terms of pasta, flour, cereals manufacture.
The region is abundant in natural resources. It is the Russian monopolist in the extraction and processing of graphite, magnesite, furnace dolomite, talc.
The nature and climate of the Chelyabinsk region are unique. This facilitates the development of tourist and recreation facilities. The region locates 3,170 lakes, 12 mountain ski resorts, more than 200 specially protected territories including two reserves, three national parks, 150 natural monuments.