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St. Petersburg in Facts and Figures

  • Eastern Europe, the Eastern shore of the Baltic Sea (Gulf of Finland)
  • 59 degrees 57' North
  • 30 degrees 19' East
Time Zone:
  • UTC+3
  • 16 (27) May, 1703
City's birthday:
  • celebrated each year on May 27
  • 5.2 million (as of 2015)
How does St. Petersburg compare?
  • The most Northern city in the world with a population over 1 million
  • 1400 square kilometers
Main river:
  • Neva. The city is located in the delta of the Neva River on numerous islands, a fact which prompted some observers to call it "The City on 101 Islands"
Timetable of bridge openings: Main natural phenomena: Origin of the name:
  • Named in honor of St. Peter and not Peter the Great, the founder of the city.
  • The name can be translated as "The City of St. Peter". St. Petersburg, FL was named in honor of St. Petersburg, Russia by Russian-born railroad builder Piotr Dementyev (Peter Demens)
Name changes:
  • May, 1703 - August, 1914
    St. Petersburg
  • August, 1914 - February, 1924
  • February, 1924 - July, 1991
  • July, 1991 - Present
    St. Petersburg
  • "The Venice of the North"(referring to St. Petersburg's many rivers and canals)
  • "The Palmyra of the North"
  • "The Northern Capital of Russia" (referring to the centuries-old rivalry between St. Petersburg and Moscow)
Symbols: The Seal:
  • A sea anchor and a river anchor with a scepter - a symbol of royal power - on a red field.
Local government:
  • The Governor and the Governor's Office, The Legislative Assembly
  • 20 administrative districts, including satellite towns under St. Petersburg's jurisdiction
Main cultural attractions: Airports:
  • Pulkovo (Terminal 1)
Sea port:
  • Passenger terminal on Vasilievsky Island