Solikamsk is the third largest town of the Perm krai located 368 kilometres north of Perm on the river Kama.
The town's economy is defined by the mining and chemical industry (mining of potassium salts and production of mineral fertilizers) and companies of timber industry complex and metallurgy - magnesium production based on the processing of potassium-magnesium salts.
Solikamsk owes its life and name to salt. The merchants of Vologda set up salt brine lifting pipes and salt furnaces on the shores of the river Usolka. This was the place where a settlement called Sol Kamskaya (salt of Kama) was founded and later renamed into Solikamsk. By the end of the XVII and the beginning of the XVIII century Solikamsk was the largest saltworks in Russia producing more than a half of the total volume of salt sold in the country.
During the first half of 2008 the volume of locally produced goods shipped in all sectors of the economy was 25.9 billion roubles.
Culture and Education
In 1970 the town, with its 25 architectural landmarks, was listed among historic towns of Russia. Solikamsk is famous for its unique ensemble of churches that were built in XVII-XVIII centuries. The Trinity Cathedral is the most notable of them all.
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