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Nizhnevartovsk is the second largest city in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia, located along the right bank of the Ob River. Population: 251,694 (2010 Census); 239,044 (2002 Census);GeographyThe city is laid out on a grid system; however, due to its location on the bank of the river, there is a central kink in the grid which parallels the river's course.ClimateEach winter, temperatures can drop as low as, and the local residents build a number of ice parks with snow and ice sculptures and play areas for children, mostly comprising images of Father Frost (Russian Santa), and ice slides. In the summer, temperatures can reach as high as.HistoryIt was founded in 1909; its development into a large city was boosted in the 1960s by the discovery of the Samotlor Oil Field, the largest in the country. Town status was granted to it on March 9, 1972.Administrative and municipal statusWithin the framework of administrative divisions, Nizhnevartovsk serves as the administrative center of Nizhnevartovsky District, even though it is not a part of it. As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as the city of okrug significance of Nizhnevartovsk—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the city of okrug significance of Nizhnevartovsk is incorporated as Nizhnevartovsk Urban Okrug.
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