Samara is the sixth largest city in Russia. It is situated in the southeastern part of European Russia at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers on the east bank of the Volga. The Volga acts as the city's western boundary; across the river are the Zhiguli Mountains, after which the local beer (Zhigulyovskoye) is named. The northern boundary is formed by the Sokolyi Hills and by the steppes in the south and east. The land within the city boundaries covers 46,597 hectares (115,140 acres). Samara is the administrative center of Samara Oblast. Population: 1,164,896 (2010 Census preliminary results); 1,157,880 (2002 Census); 1,254,460 (1989 Census).. The metropolitan area of Samara-Tolyatti-Syzran within Samara Oblast constitutes the population of more than three million people.
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