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