When “Siberia” is mentioned, often people have mental pictures of freezing cold weather. Well, they are right… half of the time. Although Siberian winters do last approximately 6 months and the temperatures can drop to -40F, the rest of the year can be quite warm. Average summer temperature is around 90F.
Novosibirsk is the largest city of Siberia, the vast region of northern Asia east of the Ural Mountains. Like most of Siberia’s urban centers, the city is located in the south along the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The majority of Siberia is sparsely populated.
Including the Russian Far East, the population of Siberia numbers just above 40 million people. As a result of the 17th to 19th century Russian conquest of Siberia and the subsequent population movements during the Soviet era, the demographics of Siberia today is dominated by native speakers of Russian. There remains a considerable number of indigenous groups, altogether accounting for below 10% of total Siberian population.