Eleven time zones, a surface area as large as Pluto, one of the world’s richest culture and art collections, beautiful cities and endlessly diverse countryside and food that’s appreciated all over the world. Russia is huge and not just in size.
The country has been making big economic progress over the past years and is becoming a place expats really want to move to. The labour market is expected to grow stronger and stronger and people will have more to spend.
Though Russia can be a very cold place, Russian people can still be very warm hearted. On ‘Subbotnik’ people go out on the streets of their cities to clean them voluntarily and giving flowers, an odd number unless you’re at a funeral, is part of Russian etiquette. Russian culture is also known for being really tolerant of all faiths and beliefs.
When you are invited to someone’s house, bringing flowers or wine will be much appreciated. Be careful with complimenting something because your host might try to give it to you.
The official language spoken in the country is Russian and learning the language will be of great benefit when doing business and in everyday life. Some people speak English, especially in business, and there is a high demand for English teachers.