Governor: Nikita Belykh
Federation Council representatives: Nikolai Shakleyn (2009 to 2014) and Andrei Khazin (2006 to 2011)
Population: 1,391,059 (2010 census)
Capital: Kirov (population 485,893), 896 km from Moscow
Federal district: Volga
Economic region: Volga
Time zone: Moscow +1, GMT +4, EST +9
Geography: Kirov region is located in central European Russia. The region shares a border with Tatarstan, the Republic of Mari El, and the Volgograd and Arkhangelsk regions.
Urban population: 72%, Rural population: 28%
Economy: Kirov is primarily an industrial region. Major industries include engineering, metalworking and chemical processing. Agricultural land occupies 27% of the region's territory and the most important crops are wheat, rye and barley and oats grown for fodder.