Life In Kazan

About Russia

Making the most of your time in Kazan!

It is important to adapt to your new surroundings and engross yourself in the beautiful local culture of Kazan. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tartarstan. It is the eighth most populous city in Russia, with a population of approximately 1,145,000. In 2009, Kazan was chosen as the “Sports capital of Russia.” It hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade, 2014 World Fencing Championships, the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, and is one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World cup. In 2015, 2.1 million tourists visited Kazan and 1.5 million tourists visited the Kazan Kremlin.

In addition, Kazan is a multicultural city. Kazan’s population consists of ethnic Russians, Tatars, Chuvash, Ukrainian, Azerbaijan, Vietnamese and Jewish people. And many events and festivals are held in this charming city, including a new food festival, “Delicious Kazan”, which was held during the May holidays and included events like cooking master classes, food seminars, art-performances and national Tatar music.

Kazan is an impressive metropolitan city and immersing yourself in the culture and adventures it has to offer will be easy and make your medical training even more exciting.


Russia uses 220 Volt and 50 Hz AC current supplies and most of the sockets are standard European-size for double round-pin plugs, just like France or Germany. If your appliances are from the US, Canada, or Britain, they will need adapters. We recommend buying them in your own country because they’re difficult to find in Russia. Although most trains have electricity sockets where you can charge your mobile phones or smaller electronics, it is not recommended to use these sockets for sensitive devices without a stabilizer.

Weights, Measures & Numbers

Like Continental Europe, Russia uses kilometers, meters and centimeters to measure distance and length respectively, and kilograms and liters to measure weight and volume respectively. Russia uses a Celsius scale for temperature, 0 degrees Celsius equals 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

List of National Holidays

December 31- January 1, New Year’s Day.
There’s no Father Christmas, there’s Father Frost in Russia. He comes on new year’s eve and gives presents. New Year’s Day is the main holiday in Russia. Traditionally people gather with family or friends, exchange presents and look forward to the great new life that the New Year will bring.

January 7th and 8th, Orthodox Christmas.
Contrary to many western countries, the New Year is much more celebrated than Christmas. Christmas is celebrated on January 7th instead of December 25th because it’s Orthodox Christmas.

March 8th, Women’s Day.
The celebration of women.

May 1st and 2nd, May Day & the Day of Spring.
In the Soviet times, they called it The Day of Labor, but it was a holiday for all. Now it’s just May Day — another holiday to relax with friends.

May 9th, Victory Day.
The day of victory in World War II.

June 12th, Independence Day.
The day when the first president of the Russian Federation was selected.

November 7th, Day of Reconciliation and Harmony.
From 1917 through 1992, this was referred to as the Day of the Great October Revolution.

December 12th, Constitution Day.
The signing of the Constitution in 1993

Time & Open Hours

The European part of Russia is two hours ahead of central European time and 3 hours ahead of Greenwich meridian time. (+3 GMT or +2 CET). So if it is 10:00 in London then it would be 13:00 in Moscow (in Russia the 24-hour system is used). During daylight savings time in the summer months, Russia’s time is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich. Every year the clock goes 1 hour forward on the last Sunday of March and back 1 hour on the last Sunday of October. There are 11 time zones in Russia; so for example, when it’s evening in Moscow, it’s morning of the next day in Vladivostok (a Russian port on the Pacific Ocean).

Many shops in Russia are open 24 hours a day and are even open on Sundays. The food shops are usually open from 8:00 to 20:00, except on Sundays when they close a little earlier, at 18:00. State institutions, offices, and companies are usually open from 9:00 or 10:00 to 18:00 or 19:00 and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Most banks are open from 9:00 to 17:00 Monday through Friday, and some are even open on weekends. Major banks such as Sberbank, AlfaBank and Raiffaisen Bank are open from 9:00 to 20:00 during weekdays and 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends. Self-service ATMs operate 24 hours a day.

Similar to the US, most banks, offices, museums and shops are closed on public holidays. However, the big department stores, food stores and supermarkets remain open.