About tomsk

About Tomsk

About Tomsk

Stas Burkin, young writer and the winner of «Debut» literarary award, was born and studied in Tomsk. Now he lives in Paris, but he still remembers his native city and speaks of it warmly: «For some reason, many inhabitants of Tomsk still cannot believe that they live in the best and the most culturally rich city behind the Ural Mountains. They do not believe that in the vast area which amounts to one tenth of our planet and where millions and millions of people live, Tomsk is distinguished as a sacred and elite place. It is easier for me to find a good specialist in oriental studies, a good writer or a sculptor here than in other parts of Russia. Tomsk atmosphere is splendid. It is an incredible mixture of cultures, arts and interests, just like Paris. Lives and actions of people that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. This city was destined to become a fictitious character».

Things to know

About tomsk

The city of Tomsk was founded in 1604. It is situated in eastern part of West Siberia on the bank of the Tom River. The population of the city is about 500 thousand people. Tomsk is the heart of Siberian science, education and innovation. It hosts 9 universities, 15 research institutes, and the Special Economic Zone.

Climate

About tomsk

It is very cold in winter and quite warm in summer in Tomsk as well as in Siberia at large. Average temperature in January is about 19°C below zero, while average temperature in July is about 18°C above zero. Cold days prevail over warm days in the course of the year. Winters are snowy and summers can be rather rainy. Therefore, if you are planning to visit Tomsk, check the weather forecast at http://weather.tomsk.net/ and don’t forget to take warm clothes and shoes with you.

Friendly atmosphere

Tomsk is truly a city of students. There are nine universities here, and every fifth person is a student. Most of them came to study in Tomsk from other cities and countries. That is why when you first arrive in Tomsk you cannot help noticing how many young people are around you. Walking along the Lenina avenue you pass by three universities in a row, and each of them has its own face, its history and its distinct character.

About tomsk

The old city is revived by voices of young people, by their laughter and music. Students have various favourite places in Tomsk, such as bike clubs, dance clubs, coffee houses, sports grounds, and art theatres. Indeed, this colorful diversity is the essence of student Tomsk.

We are deeply convinced that Tomsk will leave a very pleasant impression! You will have a great time here regardless of the season and will never forget the unique spirit of this city, the spirit of youth and energy combined with wisdom and charm of old streets.

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