30 interesting facts about Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg is one of the most powerful cities in Russia, where various industries are developed really well. It grows rapidly, and it has long been ranked 4th in terms of population among all Russian cities.

Amazing facts about Yekaterinburg

  • Local residents really love cars. The number of cars in relation to the number of people here is higher than in most other cities in Russia.
  • About 1.5 million people live here. This is more than in such countries as Estonia or Bahrain.
  • The local mines produce a huge amount of iron ore. The roof of the Parliament building in London is made of the iron mined here.
  • The first USSR biathlon championship was held in 1957 in Yekaterinburg.
  • Being the fourth most populous city in Russia, Yekaterinburg ranks third in terms of GDP, ahead of Novosibirsk.
Top facts about Yekaterinburg
In fact, Yekaterinburg seems to be a typical Russian city
  • The millionth resident of Yekaterinburg was born in 1967.
  • The Palace of Justice in Yekaterinburg, built in 2006, is the largest building of this type in Russia, with an area of 323,000 sq feet (30,000 sq meters).
  • This is a well-landscaped city. According to statistics, there are 183 sq feet (17 sq meters) of parks, squares and other green areas per citizen.
  • The record frost ever recorded here was -51 °F (-46.7 °C). The heat record is +101 °F (+38.8 °C).
  • Yekaterinburg occupies an area of almost 181 sq miles (470 sq km). This is more than the area of countries such as the Seychelles, Andorra, or Palau.
  • Yekaterinburg is the largest city of Russia located on the border of Asia and Europe.
  • Tons of priceless exhibits from the famous Hermitage of St. Petersburg were evacuated here during the World War II.
  • This city is officially included in the Guinness Book of World Records in the category “the world’s highest consumption of mayonnaise per capita”.
  • Yekaterinburg has repeatedly been recognized as the best city for doing business in Russia.
  • The organ of  the Yekaterinburg Philharmonic is a real masterpiece. It’s constructed from 3840 pipes, and its weight reaches 48,500 pounds (22 tons).
Facts about Yekaterinburg
The city looks amazing in winter
  • Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, has visited Yekaterinburg in 1967. Eleven newborns named Fidel were registered in local maternity hospitals within a year of his visit.
  • The world’s first rocket powered interceptor aircraft BI-1 was tested in this city, in May 1942.
  • In 2012, Yekaterinburg was included in the world’s list of the best cities to live. It has taken the twelfth place in the rating.
  • When the metro has been under construction here, the tunnellers discovered large deposits of minerals. They were extracted, and the laying of metro lines was continued.
  • About 80% of all copper coins in the Russian Empire was minted at the Yekaterinburg mint.
  • It was named in honor of the Empress Catherine I, the second wife of Peter I. Yep, Russian language is pretty difficult.
  • Yekaterinburg was called Sverdlovsk from 1924 to 1991. After the collapse of the USSR, it was returned to its historical name.
  • This is very multi-ethnic city. According to the results of the census, people of more than 100 different nations live here.
  • Some matches of the 2018 FIFA world Cup were held here.
  • Yekaterinburg has long been included in a special list of 600 cities in the world, which in total produce 60% of the world’s GDP.
Yekaterinburg city
Monument to the founders of Yekaterinburg
  • It’s often called the “Capital of the Urals” unofficially.
  • Rich deposits of iron ore were discovered in these regions in the early XVIII century. Then it was decided to build a large factory here, which grew and eventually became Yekaterinburg later.
  • It is one of the Top-10 Russian cities with the highest standard of living.
  • Yekaterinburg has a unique tourist route “Red line”. It is intended for pedestrians, and it really is a 21,000 feet (6.5 kilometer) long red line on the asphalt that guides tourists through all the main places of interest.
  • The Kola Superdeep Borehole, the deepest borehole on Earth (40,226 feet, 12.261 meters)), was drilled using special equipment manufactured in Yekaterinburg.

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