Investment passport of Soletsky district

Dear friends!

We are gald to welcome you on the land of Soltsy. The Soletsky district is an administrative area with diversified economy, leading sectors being agriculture, industry and trade.

We understand that key in developing our territory lies in development of business, thus the administrative resources of the district are aimed at better service of the entrepreneurship, maintenance of the investment processes, and support in resolving the issues of the district level.

The district administration guarantees the potential investors the provision of the best possible conditions for successful conducting of business, relationship goodwill and fast issue solving. We are open for partnership and interested in success of your business on the land of Soltsy, its effectiveness and long-term stability.


Historical reference

For the first time, Soltsy were mentioned in written sources in 1390. Novgorodskaya chronical says : “ In summer of 1390, people of Novgorod with prince Semyon Olgerdovich being at war with people of Pskov, halted in Soltsy…” There the ambassadors from Pskov arrived and made peace.

In 1239 Alexander Nevsky founded one of the fortified settlements named Gorodok, which is located 3 km from Soltsy to defend Lands of Novgorod from numerous enemies.

From ancient times, village of Soltsy and later, a settlement and merchant trading quarter Soltsy was an important staging post  on a trading route from Novgorod to Pskov. The Shelon river, is navigable only to Soltsy, as there are rapids upstream. Therefore, necessity arose to unload coming goods and place them into warehouses until winter sledge arrangement.

In December 1579, Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible issued a Decree on opening of a wheel-manufacturing settlement in Soltsy. Wheelwrights, granted exemptions from paying duties, had to make wheels and gun carriages. During the period of 200 years, that wheel-manufacturing settlement supplied Russian army with its products.

As Soltsy were developing from a village into a settlement and later in a small town, its administrative status grew.

In 1781 Ekaterina II issued a Decree: «...make settlement Soltsy a trading quarter......» (Complete set of Russian Empire Laws, volume ХХI). The life style of the trading quarter and its historical development affected its culture. Paved streets, stone mansions, large manufacturing stores, small shops and trading workshops were the inherent elements of visual environment of the town at the turn of ХIX-XX centuries.

After the beginning of the World War I in 1915, the town gained the status of a resort because the family of merchants Bogovskie opened a sanatorium for wounded officers in one of their properties. Later on, in the end of 20s  a balneological and mud resort were opened on the basis of the sanatorium, which had three springs of mineral water related to the group of Northern Caucasian Narzans. The supply of water was big enough not only for the local consumers but were bottled as well in a mineral water factory which was opened nearby. The resort destroyed during the  World War II had never been restored but the process of mineral water bottling was reorganized in the beginning of 1990s.

During the Great Patriotic War from 1941 to 1944, the town was occupied by fascist troops. Many of its buildings, including the resort were destroyed or burnt down.

After the war, Soltsy were restored all over again: plant «Ellipse», a flux-scutching mill, six construction companies, a hospital, a house of culture, three kindergartens, a communication center, two secondary schools, a musical school, a department store, comfortable apartment houses were built in the town.

By decision of the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation Soltsy was attributed to the number of historical settlements of Russia. Altogether there are 55 monuments of town building and architecture , which the people of Soltsy are eager to preserve.

The town is distinguished by its unique well-preserved historical housing with merchant mansions, shops and buildings for public worships: Old Believers prayer house, wooden Church of Intercession of  XVIII century, active Ilyinsky Chapel, built in 1824-1825 in classicism style.

Geographical description

Soletskiy district is located in the western part of Novgorodsky region. It borders upon Pskovsky region in the south-west and Shimskiy and Volotovsky districts in the North and East, correspondingly. Its area is 1 400 sq. km, the population as of January1, 2012 is 14 929 people. The district comprises one urban settlement- the district center Soltsy and three rural settlements: Vybitskoye, Gorskoye, Dubrovskoye. There are 174 centers of population in the territory of the region.

Town of Soltsy is located at 3 km distance from railway station, on the left bank of the Shelon River, having numerous salt springs, which gave the name to the town. The distance to the central city of the region is 79 km, to St. Petersburg is 255, to Moscow is 608 km.

The total length of highways in general use, going across the territory of the municipal region, is 537 km.

The following positive aspects of transport infrastructure is to be specified:

  • bus routes cover the major portion of the settlements of the district;
  • with respect to highways density the district is among the leaders in Novgorodsky region;
  • availability of railway service;
  • the majority of roads connecting villages and towns of the district are hard surface roads;
  • town of Soltsy is one of the main traffic centers of the district, concentrating significant portion of municipal highways and suburb bus routes.

Natural resources

Mineral  Resources

More than 20 deposits and shows of minerals were found in the district, including fusible clays, mineral water, peat, sandy-gravel materials and mason’s sand. Total value of mineral resources is estimated as high at $6.4 million. The most promising objects are Soletskiy deposits of fusible clays estimated at a $1 million, minerals water deposits - $1.6 million. Prospected peat resources come to 16.9 million tons. Soletskiy area has a considerable mineral resource base, which is one of the factors of competiveness.

Land Resources

The area of the district is 142,291 hectares. Redistribution Fund is 7988 hectares, including the area of farmlands is 39,224 hectares; 15,098 hectares are actually used.

Lands of the district redistribution fund may be granted in accordance with the Land Code of the Russian Federation and the intended purpose; may be sold or leased. Currently, the administration’s task is to increase efficiency of land resources management.

Forest Resources

Total forest area of the municipal district is 79,094 hectares. Coniferous-deciduous forests alternate with coniferous and small-leaved. In its structure, these are mainly birch and birch-aspen forests. Conifers are mainly presented by pines, spruces, rarely by larches. Percentage of forest area is 41%. Allowable cut is 249.8 thousand cubic meters. The sections of cut off forests are frequently covered with some birch and shrubs growth.

The main type of forest resources management in the area is wood harvesting, which is supplied to the citizens for heating and construction needs. Subsidiary usage of forest resources can be mowing, berries and mushrooms picking, harvesting  of non-timber forest resources, recreational activities and hunting. The forests are inhabited by 25 species of animals and 63 species of birds rated for fowling. Ducks and geese are nesting in frequent swamps.

Variety of wildlife and a large number of ponds and streams create favorable conditions for hunting, fishing and fish farming.

According to the Forest Plan of Novgorodsky region, mowing on the area of 38 hectares with an annual allowable hay harvesting volume in amount of 19 tons is feasible in the region. Recommended annual harvesting volumes are: 267.9 tons of berries, 103.3 tons of mushrooms. According to these indicators, this area can be estimated as rich in food resources, however industrial harvesting is not developed.

Forest areas have a significant recreational value for the residents of the region, Novgorodsky region and a nearby megalopolis St. Petersburg. However, natural resource potential is practically not used in an organized way.

Social description

In 2011, the size of work force in Soletskiy district was 9.1 thousand people, or 59.5% of the total regional population. Percentage of its labor force in total work force of Novgorodsky region is 2.8%.

Population at dependent age numbers 5.8 thousand people, of which 2.4 thousand people are children and 3.4 thousand people are pensioners. With that, the amount of employed elderly people and teenagers in the entire labor force structure is about 0.5 thousand people.

The average number of employees of enterprises and organizations totals 3.1 thousand people.

Major portion of the working population is employed in the budget sector - about 1/3. About 18% is working in administration and military sectors. Industrial enterprises employ about 12%.

Thus, the working potential of Soletskiy district is characterized as quite low based on residents’ age and sex structure.

In 2011, 0.2 million people (2.10% of the economically active population) were not employed but actively looking for employment and, according to the ILO methodology were classified as unemployed. Percentage of the unemployed in the region was 4.3% of total number in the region.

The average monthly pay for January – September of 2012, on a par  in the region came to the amount of 15,287.5 rubles and exceeded the level of 2011 by 19.7%. The most significant increase in salaries occurred in administration and military security sectors - 145.8%. According to the data of the average pay monitoring, Soletsky district takes the 14th place in the region; as of January 1, 2012 it was in the 20th place.


State budget regional healthcare agency Soletsky central district hospital includes a hospital numbering 98 beds and 17 village first aid and obstetric medical stations. Structural hospital departments comprise clinic rated at 375 visits per shift, nursing center designed for 45 patient visits per shift and an emergency department.

Education, youth policy

In the district education sector, there are 16 municipal educational institutions (eight pre-schools, 5 schools, Children's Creativity Center and Children's and Youth Sports School), two agencies working with young people (House of Youth and Sports health club "Rusichi"). In addition, 3 state institutions (children's home-school № 7, Center for psychological, medical and social support № 14, branch of Starorusskiy agro lycee) are functioning in the region.

Physical education and sport

Currently, there are 25 sports facilities functioning in the district, including 8 gyms, 13 flatwork sports structures. Provision of the residents with modern sports facilities is rated as following: flatwork sports structures - 118%, gyms-33, 92%, swimming pools - 0%.


Five municipal institutions are functioning in the culture sector:

  • Children's Art School;
  • Soletskiy museum of regional studies with its branch "Historical, cultural and natural complex "Vybiti";
  • Recreational Center  with 10 branches - the Houses of Culture and clubs in the villages,
  • "Inter-settlement Centralized Library System", which includes regional library with 15 branches;
  • "Center of methodology and accounting services for regional cultural institutions".

Economic and investment potential

Economic potential

Agriculture, industry and trade are the basis of the district economic potential.

Agriculture  is the most dynamically developing sector of the district. In 2011; the growth of agricultural output amounted to 113.1%. In terms of agricultural production development pace, the district took the fourth place in the municipal region rating.

In Soletsky district 12 organizations (three of them started up production activity in 2011), 47 (peasant) farms and individual entrepreneurs, 5929 private households and 2716 summer farms (dachas) are involved in agricultural production.

The leading sector in the rural economy is livestock. More than 70% of all agricultural organizations are doing dairy cattle. Livestock population of cattle in all categories totals 4362. Swine population numbers 2,305, sheep and goats are 1207. There is high necessity in construction of new and reconstruction of existing farms.

The industry in the municipal area includes the following subsectors:

  • Electronic  (LLC "Plant Ellipse" LLC, "Meteor", LLC "Spiral 2003");
  • Light (LLC "Fang");
  • Food (LLC "Soltsy-khleb", JSC "Konditer", OOO "Alliance" LLC, "Janus";
  • Printing (LLC "Soletskaya Tipographiya");
  • Furniture (LLC "KVIM");
  • Metalworking (LLC "Selhoztehnika");
  • Production and electricity, gas and water distribution (housing and public utilities).

In 2011, in the district the volume of shipped own produced goods amounted to 241.4 million rubles. Manufacturing industries account for 62 % of the total volume.

In overall production, percentage of the production and distribution of electrical  energy, gas and water is 39 %, food production is 36 %,  electronic industry is 22 %, textile and clothing industry is 3 %.

The vast majority of the industrial enterprises of the district are small businesses. With the development of retail chains, it is increasingly difficult for them to compete in the markets, which has a significant impact on production output. At present, 62 small and micro enterprises and 300 entrepreneurs are working in the district. Small businesses are operating in all sectors of the regional economy. In 2011, small enterprises produced goods worth of 80.1 million rubles, which is 54% of total manufacturing output.

In the territory of Soletskiy district, six construction companies, having 77 employees in total are carrying out construction activity: LLC "Soletskoe road operational enterprise", LLC "Stroyremont", LLC "Alex", LLC "Stroiservice", LLC "Monada", IE Davydov A. V.

24 legal entities and 55 individual entrepreneurs are involved in trading activity. In the territory of the district there are two retail markets: the all-purpose market for 100 trading places and farmers’ market for 40 trading places. Sales area as of 01/01/12 numbered 7041.4 square meters or 450.9 square meters per 1,000 residents (standard is 406 square meters). This economic sector continues to develop. In 2011, three new stores were opened.

Public catering is presented mostly by enterprises of the local consumer society, which are  marketing their own products for more than 20 million rubles.

Investment potential

The factors of investment attractiveness of Soletsk municipal district:

  • Advantageous geographic position (nearness of Saint–Petersburg and Velikiy Novgorod).
  • Developed transportation infrastructure.
  • Free land plots.
  • Inexpensive capital assets.
  • Free qualified labour force.
  • Administrative support by the municipal authorities.

Priority investment activities are development of:

  • agriculture;
  • industry;
  • sphere of services;
  • small and middle–size entrepreneurship in all the spheres of the economy;
  • tourism, including to the countryside.

There is no special normative juridical document, which would regulate investment activity, in the district. However this fact should not be viewed as significant, because a respective regional law, which determines the main principles of investment activity in Novgorod region, sets up guarantees for investors, performing other regulative functions, acts on the territory of the region. Reliefs on all the taxes, the right of provision of reliefs on which belongs to local authorities, are provided to the investors in the district.


Water supply, drainage systems

Soletskiy district does not have enough groundwater resources of its own for all types of businesses. The most reliable sources of water supply in the area include surface water (the Shelon River and others). The usage of groundwater for drinking water and business supply is limited.

Length of water distribution systems of the region is 91.8 km. Water supply lines wearing out rates on the average from 73.6 to 90%, with the most of the networks abandoned. The total length of sewer network in the area is 43.2 km, the number of waste treatment facilities is 6. However, local sewage networks and treatment facilities are worn out significantly. Either operation of the waste treatment plants is inefficient or they are not being exploited.

Electric Power Supply

Energy supply in the area is implemented by feeding electric power through transmission lines of 110 kV, 35 kV, 10 kV overhead lines, 0, 4 kV, transformer substations 110/35/10 kV, 110/10 kV, 35 / 10 kV substation 10/04 kV.

Operating life of the most equipment and network elements is 25 or more , which does not allow to consider the regional energy system as a reliable and stable one.

Gas Supply

At present, Soltsy district 2 and several apartment buildings in the town center are fully provided with natural gas supply, the village of .Vybiti only partly.

The population, living in the rest of the area is using individual gas cylinders.

Heat Supply

Heat supply for the district settlements is provided by individual heating boilers and boiler houses operating on coal and oil. Total installed capacity of the boilers is 54.56 Gigacalories / hour. Most boilers have load factor of less than 40%, which leads to the high cost of heating energy.

The total length of heat network is 24,789 km, hot water networks - 5.397 km.


The main type of communication in Soletskiy district is telephone network. Telephone line communication is provided by 16 ATS. Mobile services in the area is represented by cellular service operators MTS, Beeline, Megafon and Tele 2.

Currently, the district has 17 post office branches of FSUE "Russian Post Office". Internet network in the whole area is developed very sparsely; the quality of service is poor.

Contacts of the persons, who are responsible for the investment activity

First Deputy of the Head of Municipal Region Administration
Maslyakov Aleksey Dmitriyevich
Phone: +7 (81655) 31-778.

Chairman of the Committee on Economics and Municipal Property
Chanina Valentina Nikolayevna
Phone: +7 (81655) 31748 , 257.

Map of municipal districts

Reception desk: room 438.
Fax: +7 (8162) 773-878.
Phones: +7 (8162) 731-990; 736-354.
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