Udmurt Republic is a multinational and multicultural region. Over 100 nations and ethnic groups, representatives of all religious confessions are residing in Udmurtia. Historically there have never been either interethnic or interreligious conflicts in the area.
Udmurts, the native population of the territory, belong to the Finno-Ugric group. In Europe, Finns and Hungarians are the closest relatives of the Udmurt people.
Udmurtia is the birthplace of Pelmeni (traditional Russian dumplings). The name of the dish "pelmeni" has originated from the Udmurt words pel’ (ear) and nyan’ (bread). In Izhevsk there is a monument to Pelmen’ and annually the capital of Udmurtia welcomes guests from all over the world to the festival "International Day of Pelmeni."
If you take a look at the map you will see that Udmurt Republic is shaped like a bear and exceeds Switzerland in territory.
Izhevsk, the capital of Udmurt Republic, is among top-20 biggest cities in Russia.
Udmurtia is known worldwide for its prominent citizens - the world-famous Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the weapon designer Mikhail Kalashnikov.
Izhevsk artificial lake (called "Izhevsk pond" by local people) used to be the biggest artificial water body in Europe. It was created in 1760 for the needs of the local iron producing plant.
Udmurt Republic winter resorts include residence of the Udmurt Tol Babai (Father Frost) and excellent ski complexes.