St.Petersburg information scetch
Due to the city's northern
position it enjoys the phenomenon of the 'white nights', lasting
from May 25-26 till July 16-17. July 22, the Solstice Day is the
longest day (18 hours 53 minutes); the shortest day is December 22
(5 hours 52 minutes).
The climate is humid, close to
maritime, with a moderately warm summer and a rather long moderately
cold winter. The average winter temperature is -8C, the average
summer temperature is +17.8C. In dry hot) weather the temperature
may rise to +25C - +30С. The temperature
may seriously drop in winter, reaching -25C - -30C. Precipitation
reaches 550-600 mm per year.
The Neva River is the city's
main waterway The name of the river derives from the ancient name of
Lake Ladoga, the Neva where it begins. The Neva is 74 kilometers
long, flowing 32 kilometers within the city boundaries. The average
width of the Neva within the city is 600 meters, depth - up to 24
In the delta, the Neva splits
into three main branches: the Bolshaya Neva, the Malaya Neva and the
St. Petersburg is situated in
the North-West of Russia in the Neva River delta on the Eastern
coast of the Gulf of Finland and occupies, together with the
administratively subordinated territories, the terri-tory of 1439
square kilometres. The city is located on 44 islands formed by the
Neva River and 90 more rivers and canals.
Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,
Ger-many, Denmark (The Baltic Sea Region).
The neighbouring Russian
regions: Leningrad Oblast, Novgorod
Oblast, Vologda Oblast, Pskov Oblast, Kaliningrad Oblast and
Republic of Karelia.
Distance to the nearest
cities: Helsinki - 383 km, Stockholm -
about 700 km.
The city is advantageously
located at the sea routes and on land roads (12 radii of railroads
and 11 highways). This is the European gateway gate-way of Russia,
it's a strategic centre which is closest to the European Union
countries of Russia, it's a strategic centre which is closest to the
Euro-pean Union countries.
4.70 min inhabitants as of 01.01.2000 (which
makes approximately 3% of the Russian population).
2.8 min people of labour force.
Birth rate in 1999 - 6.2 per 1000 inhabitants.
Death rate in 1999 -15.4 per 1000 inhabitants.
Gender distribution as of 01.01.99: men - 45.1%; women - 54.9%.
Registered pensioners as of 01.01.2000 -1250.4 thousand.
Unemployment rate - 0.9% (official data).
Since 1996 the unemployment level reduced
twice. At present it makes 0,9% from the amount of the active
population, which is twice lower than the average ratio in Russia.
St. Petersburg is one of the three out of the
89 regions of Russia where the unemployment allowance has been paid
off duly and in the full scope.
In 1999 the number of vacancies announced by
employers increased by 2,5 times. This shows the general tendency
towards the improvement of the social-economical situation in St.
Petersburg, the revival of the financial system and the development
of the real sector of the economy in the region.
According to the participants of the market
and the recruiting agencies, the regular salary of the office
employees in St. Petersburg makes at present 150-200 USD, of the
middle-level managers and high-level specialists - 200-500 USD, of
the top managers and top-level specialists - up to 3,000 USD.
1 November 1996, 330 religious associations were regestred in the
city, 238 of which are traditional.
Operates from 6.00 to 24.00. Fare is collected through the sale of
special tickets. ne ticket (for a single one-way trip) costs
RUR 7.00, it can be obtained right in the vehicle from conductors.
Charter taxies (buses, mini-buses) circulate along all main routes -
as a rule, 7.00 - 22.00. Fare is RUR 6.00 - 20.00.
The Metro System
St.Petersburg, 558 underground stations form 4 lines. The Metro
operates from 5.45 to 24.00. Line transfers stop at 0.10. The fare
is RUR 10.00, paid by special tokens (which may be also used for
local calls on some city's pay-phones) / by magnetic cards available
at all Metro stations.
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Taxies can be recognized by the checkered stripes and the letter "T"
on the car door, or the highlighted sign "Taxi" on the roof.
The fare: up to RUR 20.00 for picking up, RUR 10.00 per kilometer.
The larger hotels maintain their own fleets of cabs for their
clients, but they charge a considerably higher fare.
Although many taxi-parks have their own taxi-order services, taxies
may be also ordered via the centralized taxi-order service,
tel. 312-0022, 24 hours a day.
Usually, from April till November the largest bridges in
St.Petersburg are to be unspanned approx. within 0.30-6.00 A.M.
For detailed information: paid service phone 063, 8.00-22.00.