Chuvashia (Chuvash: Чăваш Республики; Russian: Чувашская Республика) is a regional subdivision of Russia and the homeland of Bulgar Turkic Chuvash people. Chuvashia is located in central Russia, and was officially established in June 1920.
The capital is Cheboksary, a city located in the north of the republic on the banks of the Volga River. Roughly 600,000 people live in Cheboksary and its nearby satellite city Novocheboksarsk. Chuvashia has educated population, a pro-business government, and a well-developed infrastructure.
Chuvashia is located in the center of the European part of Russia, in the heart of the Volga-Vyatka region, midway between Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan. The republic is not large, at 18,000 square kilometers, but is one of the most densely populated regions in the Russian Federation, with a total population of 1.4 million people.
It is bordered to the north and west by the Volga River, with the Mari El Republic to the north and Nizhny Novgorod Oblast to the west. To the south it borders Mordovia and Ulyanovsk Oblast, to the east Tatarstan. The capital city of Cheboksary is the republic’s major industrial center. Cheboksary is situated on the banks of the Volga River, approximately 650 km east of Moscow.
Chuvashia’s central location gives companies located here easy access to some of the most industrially developed regions of the country. The majority of the republic is rural in character, with Cheboksary (population 453,700 in 2004) and Novocheboksarsk (population 125,600 in 2004) in the north along the Volga River being the major industrialized cities. Forests, mostly in the south along the Sura River, cover approximately 30 percent of the land.
Chuvashia is located in the Moscow Time Zone (MSK/MSD). UTC offset is +0300 (MSK)/+0400 (MSD).
Chuvashia"s natural resources include gypsums, sands, tripoli, clays, sapropel deposits, phosphorite and peat.
Chuvashia has a moderate continental climate. Average temperatures range from -13° C (-9° F) in January to 19° C (66° F) in July. Annual precipitation can reach 500 mm. The varied continental climate offers opportunities for both summer and winter recreational activities.
More about Chuvashia:
Culture of Chuvashia
http://www.usrbc.org/Members-Only/Russian%20Government%20and%20Regions/Regions/Chuvashia.htm#people%20hist_The Republic of Chuvashia
http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/ru-cu.html_Chuvashia(russia). Presentation of Chuvashia. The Flag. The Coat of Arms. Buket Chuvashii.
http://heraldry.hobby.ru/eng/e.chuv.html_Blazons of Chuvash Pepublic Towns
Travel to Chuvashia:
http://www.martincountylibrarysystem.org/_Travel to Moscow, St.Petersburg and Chuvashia Summer 2006
Opinions about Chuvashia:
Suicide on the Volga River: A Tale of Two Republics (WARNING! Explicit Vocabulary and Content.)
Chuvashia Sketches By Vladimir Kiselyov, translated by Jean MacKenzie