Moving to Kazan
Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a multi-ethnic city located in the European part of Russia on the left bank of the river Volga. It is a cultural, sporting and scientific hub which has the officially registered title of 'The Third Capital of Russia'.
The rich history of Kazan extends back more than a thousand years; the city and its environs possess an abundance of tourist attractions, while the Kazan Kremlin is included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites.
Kazan is located in a moderate climactic zone. All seasons are noticeable in the city, although harsh winters and exhausting heat waves occur only rarely. The number of clear, cloudy and overcast days in a year is 40, 169 and 149 respectively. November is the cloudiest month; the least cloudy are July and August. The average summertime temperature is +17-20°C; the average wintertime temperature is −9 to −12°C.
The main language used in Kazan is the state language of the Russian Federation − Russian. The majority of the city's residents also speak Tartar. Because Kazan is also actively involved in the organisation of major international events like the football World Cup, the World Skills Championship, and others, English-speaking guests also feel relatively comfortable in the city. Many residents speak English, and signs and directions have also been translated into this international language.
In Kazan, as in the whole of the Russian Federation, people drive on the right. The speed limit in urban areas is 60 km/hr; on highways it is 90 km/hr. Foreign citizens may legally use the driving licenses issued in their home countries to drive cars in Russia if they are not planning to use the automobile for commercial purposes.
The housing stock in Kazan consists of apartments and houses to suit any taste. Most often, homeowners rent out fully furnished properties, but it's also possible to find empty apartments that the owners can develop according to preference. Rent payments as a rule do not include the cost of utility bills – these are usually paid by the renter.