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Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg, therefore the largest city east of the Urals. 

It is situated right in the heart of Siberia, lying on both banks of the mighty Ob river. In 1993 Novosibirsk celebrated its 100th anniversary.  Novosibirsk local time is GMT + 7

Population: about 1.4 million people

The climate is sharply continental. This means that winters are very severe, cold and snowy. Summers are hot and dry. Temperatures in the summer range from +25 to+ 35°C, and in winter from -20 to -40°C. The difference between the highest and the lowest temperature is 88°C.  Most of the time the weather is sunny  - on average there are 2880 hours sunshine a year!

As the unofficial capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk is a centre of education, with students coming from all over Siberia to study at its 140 institutes of higher education. This makes Novosibirsk a highly strategic place for OM to work - many other missions are working in Western Russia, but few work actively this far East.

It is estimated that less than 0.2% of the city’s population are Bible-believing Christians.

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