Living

Saint Petersburg is perhaps not the first choice of destination to live in by many, but it is a great alternative for those who want to live in European countries. However, there are only a few people who know what it’s like to live in a soviet country.

Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia. Among cities of the world with over one million people, Saint Petersburg is the northernmost. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is also home to The Hermitage, the largest art museum in the world. A large number of foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and other businesses are located in Saint Petersburg.

Transportation

Saint Petersburg is a major transport hub. It has an extensive system of local roads and railway services, maintains a large public transport system that includes the Saint Petersburg tram and the Saint Petersburg Metro, and is home to a number of riverine services that convey passengers around the city efficiently and in relative comfort.

Climate

The average daily temperature is 22 °C (72 °F); while the maximum is 37 °C (99 °F). The winter minimum is about −35 °C (−31 °F); a minimum at −35.9 °C (−33 °F). The average annual temperature is +5.4 °C (42 °F). The River Neva within the city limits usually freezes up in November–December and break-up occurs in April. From December to March there are 123 days average with snow cover, which reaches the average of 24 cm (9 in) by February.

City scape

Saint Petersburg has no skyscrapers and a relatively low skyline. Current regulations forbid construction of high buildings in the city centre. The 310-metre (1,020 ft) tall Saint Petersburg TV Tower is the tallest structure in the city, while the 122.5 m (401.90 ft) Peter and Paul Cathedral is by far the highest building.