Your guide to expat life in Russia

Culture meets commerce in the Eurasian superpower

Spanning two continents and nine time zones, Russia offers expats the chance to experience a fascinating culture and a dynamic business environment.

The largest country in the world is a formidable player on the international business stage. Most expats head for Moscow and St Petersburg – two key financial centres that are steeped in history and tradition.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: About 144 million
  • Capital City: Moscow (and the largest city)
  • Neighbouring Russia: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, North Korea and China.
  • Main languages: Russian is the official language. There are more than 140 Russian dialects – the most common is Tatar. English, French and German are also sometimes spoken.
  • Time: There are 9 time zones in Russia, from GMT+3 to GMT+12. Moscow and St Petersburg are GMT+4.

Learn to read Russian - it is only 33 letters! This unlocks the transport system and many other things.

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Our checklists give you a comprehensive overview of the kinds of things you need to do before you move and also what to consider in your first few months in your new country.

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