Perm is the most easterly city in Europe situated on the border of Europe and Asia. It is the administrative centre of the Perm region. About half of the industrial potential of the Perm region is concentrated in the city.
Perm occupies 799.68 sq.km. It is the third largest Russian city after Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. As of March 1, 2012, the population is 1679 thousand people.
Perm is a major rail junction connecting Siberia and the Far East with the European part of the country.
Perm is located on the Kama river, the fifth largest river in Europe after the Volga, the Danube, the Ural and the Dnieper. The length of the Kama is 1805 km and it is the largest tributary of the Volga. More than 200 minor rivers flow into the Kama making it a major transport artery connecting the European part of Russia with Siberia.
Perm residents – Permyaks – call their region Prikamye (which means the area surrounding the Kama) in recognition of the river’s role in their region’s development.