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. The climate ranges from humid continental in much of European Russia, subarctic in Siberia, to tundra climate in the polar north. 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 and 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. In Russia dinners often involve a series of toasts, guests are generally expected to offer a reciprocal toast. Formal business dress is considered a sign of authority. The security risk for expatriates in Russia is medium to high, but extreme for The North Caucasus. Risks include petty crime and poor infrastructure including roads, while violent crime involving expatriates is rare. Additional risks in the North Caucasus include conflict between security forces and militants, and kidnapping. The currency of Russia is the Russian Rouble (RUB). US dollars or Euros are best for exchange in Russia at banks, hotels and airport exchange bureaux. Most hotels, restaurants and larger shops accept credit cards. ATMs are available in most major cities. Medical facilities vary but are generally good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Air quality in Moscow can worsen in certain weather conditions. The population of Samara is 1.2 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 7.3% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Samara, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Samara as at 1 April 2016 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Very Low Samara is for example -34.6% cheaper than Saint Lucia for groceries, -18.1% cheaper for household costs than Castries, and -39.2% cheaper for transport costs than Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The hardship premium for Samara for an expat from Senegal, is for example -10%, i.e. host location (Samara) premium of 30% minus home (Senegal) location premium of 40%. Samara is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Samara? Register subscribe to your home location and Samara and run your personalised reports.