About the region

Удмуртия

About the region

The Udmurt Republic (Udmurtia for short) is one of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. It enters the Volga Federal region and also the Ural economic region. It borders Kirov region on the west and north, Perm region on the east. Bashkortostan and Tatarstan on the south.

Capital city

The city of Izhevsk is the cultural, industrial, and educational center of Udmurtia. It is one of the 20 largest cities in Russia with population of almost 700,000 people. It was founded in 1760 as a steelworks settlement.

Population

The Udmurt region is a home for over 120 ethnicities. The majority are the Russians (60.1%), second largest group are the Udmurt people (29.3%), and the Tatars make up 7% of the population. The Udmurts are the indigenous people of Udmurtia. They have common roots with the eastern-Finnish people of the north-eastern Urals region. The Udmurt language belongs to the Finno-Ugric group of languages shared by Komi, Mari, Mordva, Estonian, Finnish, Karelian, Saami, Hungarian, Khanty, and Mansi peoples.

Languages

The Udmurt and the Russian are the two official languages of the Udmurt Republic.

Interesting Facts

  1. There are over 120 ethnicities inhabiting the Udmurt land and there have not been a single clash between them in the history of the Republic.
  2. The Udmurts – the indigenous people of Udmurtia - belong to the Finno-Ugric group. Their next-of-kin ethnic groups in Europe are the Hungarians and the Finns.
  3. The Udmurt Republic is world-famous as the birthplace of the great composer Petr I. Tchaikovskiy, the author of the Nutcracker and the Swan Lake ballets.
  4. The city of Izhevsk is the place where the brilliant engineer Mikhail Kalashnikov lived and created his renowned AK-47 gun.

More about the region (in Russian)

Sights of Udmurtia and events calendar (in Russian)