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Quick Facts
Capital Yakutsk
Government Russian republic
Currency Russian ruble (RUB)
Area 3,083,523km²
Population 958,528
Language Russian, Sakha
Religion Russian Orthodox 37.8%, Athiest 26%, Non-Religious Spirituality 17%, Tengrist or Yakut shaman 13%, Muslim 2%, Unaffiliated Christian 1%, Protestant 1%, Buddhist 0.4%, Other 1.8%
Electricity 220V, 50Hz (European plug)
Time Zone UTC+09:00, UTC+10:00 & UTC+11:00

Yakutia (Russian: Яку́тия, yah-KOO-tee-yuh), also known as the Republic of Sakha, is located in the Russian Far East, and is notable for being the largest sub-national governing body by area. Yakutia covers an area of more than three million square kilometres, representing about eighteen (18%) percent of the Russian Federation, and making it roughly the size of India, despite having a population smaller than that of the US state of Rhode Island. The Republic's capital is Yakutsk.



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Yakutia, or Sakha as it’s known to its indigenous locals, is named after the Yakut (Sakha) people who are remotely related to Turks. While most of Sakhas are, at least nominally, Orthodox Christians there are still many remnants of their ancient religion, Tengriism (a tyoe of sun-worship with shamanistic practices). Other aspects of indigenous Sakha culture have recently started going through a revival.

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Yakutia extends over three time zones: UTC+9, +10, and +11, with the capital Yakutsk lying in UTC+9.


Native language of Sakha people is Sakha, which is a Turkic language, but Russian is by far the most common language, as Sakha is spoken by only about a quarter of the population.

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Perhaps the largest danger of being in Yakutia is the extreme weather; A lot of cities in the republic are noted for having extremely cold weather conditions, and even if you're careful, you can very quickly lose a nose or a couple toes, or in the worst case, even die. When going out in -50° Celsius weather, layer every article of clothing you own (fur is best), and plan to spend no more than ten minutes outside directly exposed to the air.

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