People who’ve been to St. Petersburg can think of a hundred reasons to keep coming back to the Russian city, but for those who haven’t gone to the city yet, this is your chance to experience its magnificence and beauty in your own eyes. But hold up! Before you pack your bags and head to St. Petersburg, a little research about the city would be a great way to kick off your planned visit.

City Profile

St. Petersburg is located on the northwestern side of the country. It is both a city and a federal subject of the country. The city’s location on the River of Neva and at the Gulf of Finland’s head makes it an important Russian port in the Baltic Sea.

Before bearing the name “St. Petersurg”, the city was called Petrograd in 1914 and was changed to Leningrad in 1924; it was just in 1991 when the city carried its current name.

Over 4milion people live in St. Petersburg’s 1,439 square kilometer area, making it among the country’s large cities (only second to Moscow).


As a federal subject of the country, St. Petersburg’s political life is regulated by its city charter which was adopted by its legislature in 1998. Its superior executive body is led by the governor who, according to the passed federal law in 2004, is to be nominated by the president of the country.

Currently, the city is divided in to 18 districts.

Get further information about St. Petersburg, including details on its business hours, time zone, and emergency numbers in the St Petersburg City Guide page.