The fountain Kalevala
Favorite thing: The fountain Kalevala is dedicated to the Finish and Karelian epic poetry from 19th. century. It is located in Petrozavodsk, this fountain, which looks like a monument during the cold-time, when its not active.
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Coast boulevard of Onega
Favorite thing: If asked me definitely the most beautiful place in Petrozavodsk is the Onega’s coast boulevard.
In a summery day it’s a perfect place to walk & relax, have a saslik lunch and even visit in amusement park.
And during a warm night boulevard and its restaurants are full of life.
On the boulevard you can view gift statues that Petrozavodsk has received from its friendship cities from all over the world.
Useful phone numbers
Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Russia:
Police (until 2012): 02
Ambulance (until 2012): 03
Fire (until 2012) 01
Gas leaks: 04
Few words in Russian
Favorite thing: Below few words in Russian that you can use while visiting Russia.
Good morning: Dobraye Utra
Good day: DObryi den'
Zdravstvuyte: Dobriy vechir (it's a kind of universal greeting, you can use it 24 hours a day, though only once per day to the same person. formal.)
Good night: Spakoynay nochi
Hi: PrivyEt (informal)
Good bye: Da svidanya
Please: Pazhalusta (also used for saying "you are welcome")
I'm sorry / excuse me: Prashu prashcheniya
I'm sorry / excuse me: Izvineetye (less informal)
How are you?: Kak dela?
What is your name?: Kak Vas zavoot?
Safety in town
Favorite thing: Petrozavodsk is quite a big city, but beside that, since i arrived to the main train station i had a good feeling about safety.
Of course, as in every city and country you have to behave good, but beside that, feel free to walk in the town or at the lake at every time, day or evening, even late evening, nobody will harm you.
There's pretty much Police around the town, cops walking, Police cars going up and down, but don't worry at all about them.
Pictures not allowed / Pay to take pictures
Favorite thing: While traveling in Russia, please note:
In some places, shopping centers, souvenir places etc... pictutes are absolutely not allowed at all and you will find some advertising at the entrance of the place too.
It can also happen, for example in churches or little museums, that you will be asked for additional money to take pictures.
What happened to me for exemples i was asked to pay 100 Rubles to take pictures inside a museum.
Well to be honest 100 Rubles don't change my life at all if you think how much they are in your country so i gave them.
Same experience into a church, i was asked to give an offer to take pictures, but it was worth, the Orthodox churches are really beautiful.
On the other side, in another church the lady didn't ask me for money, but anyway i gave an offer, just to be polite.
This is just to remember you to be polite, and always ask if you can take pictures before taking them.
Favorite thing: The Russian alphabet, also known as the Cyrillic alphabet, was devised by a Greek monk St. Cyril in the 9th century. The alphabet consists of 33 letters, some of which were borrowed from Greek and Hebrew.
You will find it relatively easy to get started with the Cyrillic alphabet because many letters remind those in English. There are six exact sound and look-alikes (A, E, K, M, O, T).
The best way to sourvive in Russia is, beside talking a little bit of Russian, knowing the alphabet. Many things are still written only in Russian, specially if you travel outside touristic cities, so i would really suggest to learn it, in order to understand what is written there, and not to get lost.
To do that, i suggest those 2 links below, they have really good explanations.
Nordic Travel agency
Favorite thing: Petrozavodsk is an excellent base from which to explore Karelia, but we discovered that unless you are used to driving on poorly-maintained roads (so bad they can damage your vehicle) AND are fluent in Russian, travelling on your own in Karelia can be a difficult experience. A good travel agency can prevent many frustrations and make the trip much more enjoyable for foreign tourists.
For our excursions outside the city, we ended up turning to the Nordic Travel tour agency, and it turned out to be a great decision. Throughout our e-mail exchanges, our contact at Nordic Travel, Konstantin Simonov, was very courteous and efficient. He always answered quickly and even met us in person in Petrozavodsk to give us our vouchers and answer our questions.
We made two bookings with Nordic Travel. The first was for a half-day tour in the Karelian villages of Manga and Kinerma that turned out to be very interesting, with our guide Sasha being both very friendly and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Karelia. The second booking was for all the necessary arrangements (boat tickets, accommodation reservations) for a 3-day tour in the Solovetsky Islands. Just like the e-mails, the service was very efficient: we only had to show our vouchers along the way and enjoy the trip, as everything had been taken care of already.
If we ever go back to Karelia, we would likely use Nordic Travel's services again.
Phone number: +7 (814) 256-0201
Address: Kluchevskoe Shosse 13
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Observe, people, observe :)
Favorite thing: The biggest mistake of Petroskoi is a lack of an observation tower. You can use a ferris wheel at Naberezhnaja, but come on, it is not really a Big eye, is it? :))
So, here's my tip for you- climb (or use a lift) a 16 stories high building and observe!
National structure of the population
Favorite thing: Russians - 73,6%,
Karelians - 10%,
Byelorussians - 7%,
Ukrainians - 3,6%,
Finns - 2,3%,
Veps - 0,8%.
The republic consists of 19 sovereign territories, 808 populated areas. A sovereign territory is led by the Head, elected in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Karelia through direct secret voting.
In Karelia there are 3 cities of republican significance, (Petrozavodsk-282,9 thousand, Kostomuksha- 32,5 thousand, Sortavala-20,2 thousand), 4 towns and districts of republican significance (Kem and Kemsky district, Kondopoga and Kondopozhsky district, Pitkyaranta and Pitkyarantsky district, Segezha and Segezhsky district), 11 districts including Kalevalsky national one), 1 volost (Vepska national volost) with the status of administrative and territorial unit, 11 settlements of town type.
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The Republic of Karelia
Favorite thing: The Republic of Karelia is located in the North-West of Russia, it is included in the Northern economic region of Russian Federation.
The area of Karelia is - 180,5 thousand square km (1,06% of the total territory of Russia). Its length from north to south is 660 km, from west to east on the latitude of the town Kem is 424 km. Karelia borders on Finland in the West, on Leningrad district in the South, on Murmansk and Archangelsk district in the East. In the North-West the Republic is washed by the White sea. The northern border line of Karelia coincides with the state border RF and its length is 723 km.
The population of the Republic of Karelia was 766,4 thousand on 01.01.2000. Urban population is 74,1% (567,9 thousand), rural is 25,9% (198,5 thousand). About 40% of the population live in the capital of Karelia, the city of Petrozavodsk. The density of the population is 4,2 on a square km.
Average age of the population is 36,5, able to work population is 471,3 thousand, retired people 215,0 thousand people.
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Petrozavodsk on Lake Onega
Favorite thing: Situated on Lake Onega, one of Europe's largest lakes, shipping and industry have helped Petrozavodsk evolve into one of the biggest cities in Northwestern Russia. Like Northern Minnesota, it is rich in iron ore deposits as well as other minerals such as granite and marble. As a result, industry in Petrozavodsk is based on machine building and metal processing. The city's manufactured goods include furniture, knitted goods and canned fish.
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The capital of the Karelian A S S R
Favorite thing: Petrozavodsk was founded by Peter the Great in the early 1700s as a site for state foundries because of the area's rich ore deposits. Cannon-casting works came first, followed by a gun factory. Hence, the origin of the city's name: "Petr" from Peter and "zavod" from works. Since this time, both the industry and settlement have grown. The city was officially named in 1777, when, under Catherine the Great, Petrozavodsk achieved town status.
Fondest memory: In 1923, Petrozavodsk was chosen as the capital of the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. The city was also occupied for one thousand days by the German Army during World War II. The economy grew back to pre-war status by 1948.
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Onego Lake and this...
Favorite thing: Onego Lake and this embankment.
Onego Lake is rich in bays. The bay of Petrozavodsk area is one of them. Along it for hundreds meters stretches the embankment of Onego Lake - one of the most beautiful places in our town.
The embankment construction is started in the middle of the twentieth century.
In 1994 the embankment was build up completely or, rather, its other part. And in the 25th of August, 1994 on Town Holiday was opened the embankment of Onego Lake.
The embankment of Onego Lake is a favorite rest place for our town's population. All great actions in Petrozavodsk take place just here not without reason.
kittivitti's General Tip
Fondest memory: Since Karelia is former territory of Finland along with Russian language there is also Finnish. Main signs, street names, etc. are in both languages. Children taught in schools Russian and other Scandinavian language.
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