Governor: Igor Slunyayev
Federation Council representatives: Vasily Duma (2004 to 2012) Alexander Ter-Avanesov (2006 to 2015)
Population: 688,600 (2010 census)
Capital: Kostroma, 372 km from Moscow
Federal district: Central
Economic region: Central
Time zone: Moscow, GMT +3, EST +8
Geography: Kostroma is located in central European Russia and shares a border with the Ivanovo, Yaroslavl, Volgograd, Kirov, and Nizhny Novgorod regions. Most of the area is a plain with some slight elevation in the center of the territory. The Volga river and its tributaries the Kostroma, Uzhnya and Vetluga flow through the region.
Urban population: 67%, Rural population: 33%
Economy: Since forests cover 75% of the region, important timber and woodworking industries have developed. Traditionally, Kostroma was a center of jewelry-making and these traditions continue.