Novgorod is the fourth largest city in Russia after Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk. It is located in the north of Russia at the confluence of the Oka and the Volga rivers, was separated from the rest of country by the swamps.
Nizhny Novgorod sits in the center of the region. It is surrounded by eight cities Dzerzhinsk, Balakhna, Zavolzhe, Bor, Kstovo, Bogorodsk, Gorodets, and Pavlovo. It occupies more than 74,750 square kilometers, which is larger than the space occupied by blend of Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. The city is a home of more than 1,310,000 people.