Saransk and Mordovia

Republic of Mordovia
Republic of Mordovia

Mordovia is situated in the centre of the European part of Russia at the intersection of the most important transport arteries connecting Moscow – Samara – Nizhniy Novgorod – Saratov. It borders the regions of Nizhniy Novgorod, Ryazan, Penza, Ulyanovsk and Chuvashia being a part of Volga Federal District. Population – 800 thousand people.

The climate is temperate continental. At the junction of the woodland and steppe natural zones the rivers Moksha, Alatyr and Sura are flowing through the virgin woods and vast fields. In general there are 114 large and small rivers and 500 lakes. In Mordovia there are more than 100 areas of outstanding natural beauty including Simkino Lanscape Reserve, Mordovian Natural Reserve named after P.G.Smidovich and National Park "Smolny".

Mordovia is a multinational republic. Throughout the centuries the Russians, Mordovians (Erzya and Moksha) and Tatars live here side by side. State languages are Russian, Erzya and Moksha. At the current years the republic is turning to the real centre of the Ugro-Finnish world. The Mordovian expats come here to study, work and live. In 2012 Russia celebrates 1000-year anniversary of the Mordovian People unity with the Peoples of the Russian State.