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St Petersburg - Introduction

Introduction to St Petersburg

				Looking across the Grand Cascade down Water Ave, an elaborate system of fountains and canals in Petrodvorets

Where Moscow intimidates, St Petersburg enchants. Today, despite their problems, residents feel enough affection for their city to call it simply 'Piter' while reform and transformation are giving the city a facelift that's almost 80 years overdue.

Area: 600 sq km (235 sq mi)
Population: 4.2 million
Country: Russia
Time: GMT/UTC plus 3 hours from October-March; plus 4 hours April-September
Telephone area code: 812

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