Komi Republic

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Komi Republic
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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.



  • 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


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.


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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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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