Novosibirsk is the third most populous city in Russia and the most populous city in Asian Russia, with a population of 1,523,801. It is the administrative center of Siberian Federal District. The city is located in the southwestern part of Siberia and occupies an area of 502.1 square kilometers. The city is informally known as the "Capital of Siberia."
Novosibirsk is a large industrial center. According to the television station RBC Novosibirsk took third place in 2008 in the list of the cities of Russia most attractive to business.
30 km south of the city Akademgorodok is located. It is the educational and scientific centre of Siberia. Located within Akademgorodok is Novosibirsk State University, 35 research institutes, medical academy, and a variety of community amenities.