The administrative center of Novgorod region is the city of Veliky Novgorod. The region is located in the north-west of the European part of Russia. Most of its territory is a flat, locally marshy Priilmen lowland, in the center of which is the Lake Ilmen (the largest in the region). The climate is temperate continental with warm summers and mild winters. The plant and animal life is illustrative of the southern taiga and mixed forest.