Komi Republic

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Komi Republic
Location
Komi in Russia.svg
Flag
Flag of Komi.svg
Quick Facts
Capital Syktyvkar
Government Russian republic
Currency Russian ruble (RUB)
Area 419,900km²
Population 901,189(2010 estimate)
Language Official:Russian, Komi
Religion Russian Orthodox 30.2%, Non-Religious Spirituality 41%, Atheist 14%, Unaffiliated Christian 4% Muslim 1%, Rodnover and Komi folk religion 1%, Other Orthodox 1%, Old Believers 1%, Roman Catholic 0.4%, Other 6.4%
Electricity 220V, 50Hz (European plug)
Time Zone UTC+3
A semi-tundra terrain of the Polar part of Komi Republic

Komi Republic is a region in Northwestern Russia, which borders Kirov Oblast to the southwest, Arkhangelsk Oblast to the west, Nenetsia to the north, Yamalia to the northeast, Khantia-Mansia to the east, Sverdlovsk Oblast to the southeast, and Perm Krai to the south.

Regions[edit]

Cities[edit]

  • Syktyvkar — the capital and the only city in the region that qualifies as a tourist destination for its own sake
  • Inta — a small city which housed one of the region's many gulags
  • Pechora — a small city on the Pechora river; likely your base for exploring Yugyd Va
  • Ukhta — a big industrial city centered around the nearby oilfields
  • Usinsk — another oil city
  • Vorkuta — a coal mining city in the tundra, which hosted one of the USSR's most notorious Stalin-era gulags, and has one of the closest airports to the beautiful but inhospitable polar Ural mountains

Other destinations[edit]

  • Virgin Komi Forests — UNESCO World Heritage Site and largest virgin forest in Europe:
    • Yugyd Va National Park — The World's seventh and Russia's largest national park is also one of its most beautiful and remote—the place to go in the Urals for nature lovers
    • Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve

Understand[edit]

The Komi Republic is named for the Komi People, a Finno-Ugric group, who comprise a quarter of the region's population (ethnic Russians are the majority).

The region is of interest for two main reasons: its extensive and brutal gulag history and the beautiful mountain and forest areas in its east, most of all Yugyd Va National Park.

Talk[edit]

Most of the Komi People who live in the region speak Komi, a Finno-Ugric language closely related to Udmurt, but virtually all inhabitants of the Komi Republic are fluent in Russian.

Get in[edit]

Flights arrive to Syktyvkar from Moscow and Ufa. Trains arrive to Syktyvkar via Kotlas, Arkhangelsk Oblast.

Get around[edit]

Komiinteravia Airlines operate flights from Syktyvkar to other far-flung cities in the region.

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Itineraries[edit]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Mt.Narodnaya – Climbing the highest top of the Ural Mountains

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Stay safe[edit]

Roads are in significantly poor condition, and puddles are widespread. It is recommended to walk around with boots.

Get out[edit]

In the late summer, boats head north from Pechora to Naryan-Mar, the capital of Nenetsia.

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