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Samara is the sixth largest city in Russia. Samara is a large and important social, political, economic, industrial and cultural centre of European Russia. Samara is a leading industrial centre in the Volga Area and is known for diverse production such as aerospace launch vehicles, satellites, various space services, engines and cables, aircraft, rolled aluminium, block-module power stations, refining, chemical and cryogenic products and gas-pumping units.Russia is in Northern Asia (the area west of the Urals is considered part of Europe), bordering the Arctic Ocean, between Europe and the North Pacific Ocean. Ranges from steppes in the south through humid continental in much of European Russia; subarctic in Siberia to tundra climate in the polar north; winters vary from cool along Black Sea coast to frigid in Siberia; summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along Arctic coast. Broad plain with low hills west of Urals; vast coniferous forest and tundra in Siberia; uplands and mountains along southern border regions.The official language is Russian. The younger generation commonly speak English, but the language barrier can be a problem with older business people and an interpreter is generally needed. French and German are the most commonly spoken languages after English. Knowledge of the Cyrillic script is essential for reading the names of streets and metro stations. The main religions are Christianity, Islam.The economy of Russia is the eighth largest economy in the world by nominal value and the sixth largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Oil, natural gas, metals, and timber account for more than 80% of Russian exports abroad.The population in Samara is 1.2 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 7.8% (2014 est.).