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Guide for Foreigners: About St-Petersburg
Administrative centre of region
"Second" capital of Russia
Was found by Peter I in 1703
Names: 1914-1924 Petrograd; 1924-1992 Leningrad; till 1914 and after 1992 Saint-Petersburg
located at the mouth of the Neva River, which flows into the Gulf of Finland
average daytime temperatures -10 C in January and +18C in June
population is about 5 million people
one is the most beautiful cities of the World with lots of places of interest (sightseeing)
second centre in Russia of science, culture and industry
centre of education in Russia. About 56 623 students from 139 countries were studying in Saint-Petersburg in 1999.
Communicating with the World
Russia's country code is 7
Saint-Petersburg' city code is 812
Public pay phones are located all over the city (look for them be the metro stations, hotels, shops etc). You can use most of them to phone any desired place of the World. You can buy phone cards at newspapers stands, metro, and lots of shops.
There are Internet Cafés on Nevsky Avenue, which operate 24 hours a day. But don't forget to check internet class in your University.
Post offices sell stamps and envelopes. But mail from Russia typically takes over a month to reach any destination. You can use express mail, which means higher rate and door-to-door service.
Source: Guide for Foriegners by St-Petersburg State Polytechnical University
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