The fourth Sister City, Birobidjan, signed in 1990, is located in the southern portion of the Russian Far East. It is 200 km. west of Khabarovsk, Portland’s Sister City. A quarter of the region is mountainous with incredibly diverse wild life, including northern jungle terrain that is home to bears, boars and the Siberian tiger.
Similarities are the existence of light industry, including apparel, furniture, agricultural packaging, lumber, marble and brucite, and an aluminum ore. There are plans for developing high technology and tourism industries in the future. The population is 80,000. Birobidjan is the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region.