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Ural Life & Culture
All You Need to Know about Yekaterinburg and the Ural Region
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Yekaterinburg is a modern fast-developing megapolis and a historical city

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Name:
Yekaterinburg, alternatively romanized as Ekaterinburg, was named after Tsar Peter the Great’s wife Catherine I. Between 1924 and 1991, the city was named Sverdlovsk after Yakov Sverdlov, the Communist party leader. The region is still officially known as Sverdlovsk Oblast.
 
Date of birth:
November 18, 1723. Because of the climate, it is conveniently celebrated at the beginning of August.
 
Population:
1,349,772 (2010 Census). Officially, it is the fourth-largest city in Russia after Moscow, St.Petersburg, and Novosibirsk. Together with commuters, students and people who live in the city with their propiska, "home registration," elsewhere, it amounts to 2 mln. people.
 
Migrant workers from the former Soviet republics add to these numbers. 
 
So, unofficially, it is third-largest and local mass media refers to it as Russia’s third capital. 
 
Area:
Over 1,150 sq. km, which means that this millionaire city is pretty compact.
 
Consulates of:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan, UK, US, Vietnam, etc.