The most popular sports in Komi are cross-country skiing, futsal, basketball, swimming, wrestling.Raisa Smetanina, Nikolay Bazhukov and Vasily Rochev Sr. from Syktyvkar should be noted among the athletes of the republic who have achieved the most outstanding success in sports as Olympic skiing champions. Skier Vasily Rochev Jr. became the world champion and prize winner of the 2006 Olympic Games. Marina Pylaeva (short track), Olympic champion in multiple powerlifting Viktor Furazhkin, European swimming champion Arkady Vyatchanin and other athletes are also well-known in the country and abroad.


The museum network of the republic unites more than 90 museums and their branches. The most important of them is the National Museum of Komi. Its structure includes departments of history, nature, ethnography, the memorial museum of I.A. Kuratov. In the collections of the other largest museum in Komi – the National Gallery – there are the works of Komi, Russian and foreign masters. The funds include more than five thousand exhibits of painting, graphic art, sculpture, arts and crafts.Exhibition activities in the capital of the Komi Republic are carried out by the Ugor Center for Cultural Initiatives.There are five professional theaters in the republic. The oldest of them is the Victor Savin State Academic Drama Theater. It dates back to October, 1930. At all stages of many years of creative activity, the drama theater team, along with the national repertoire, constantly turns to Russian and world classics.The Komi Republican …

Ethnic groups and national relations

Representatives of 130 nationalities live in the Komi Republic, among which the vast majority are Russians (65%). Komi representatives – 24%. You can also distinguish Ukrainians, Belarussians, Tatars, Germans. Other national groups that live in Komi: Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Chuvashs, Komi-Izhemtsy, Bashkirs, Moldavians, Maris, Udmurts, Mordovians, Lezgins, Lithuanians, Uzbeks, Poles, Kyrgyz, Komi Permyaks, Georgians, Nenets.

Region’s attractions

1. Yakshinsky elk farm – the only place in the world where experiments are conducted on the domestication of moose. The herd of once almost completely destroyed animals is gradually growing – this is the result of hard work. This is the visiting card of the Pechoro-Ilychsky nature reserve!2. The most famous mountain range in the Urals is the Ilych belt stone. The western branch of this mountain net is the Man-Pupu-Ner, Yany-Pupu-Ner, Bear Stone (Uygaless-Ner) ridges. In this part of the Ural Range it is possible to see stone remains. “Seven Bogatyrey” on the flat top of Man-Pupu-Ner (which means Mansi, Small Mountain of Idols) especially amaze tourists. Seven stone pillars lined up in a chain, and one, the largest, stands apart. The height of the pillars is from 22 to 50 meters. This miracle was created by nature in more than 200 million years and is one of …

The most outstanding Komi people

Pitirim Sorokin (1889-1968) – the world famous sociologist, philosopher.Ivan Kuratov (1839-1875) – founder of Komi literature, linguist, translator, Komi poet.Kallistrat Zhakov (1866-1926) – Komi-Zyryan ethnographer, philosopher, writer.Ivan Avramov (1915-1985) – actor, theater director, famous artist of the USSR.Valentina Vityazeva – the first woman rector in Russia, the first rector of Syktyvkar State University.Glafira Sidorova – theater actress, famous artist of the USSR.Valery Leontiev – a Soviet and Russian pop singer.Raisa Smetanina – Honored sportsman, Olympic champion.Sergey Kapustin – Honored sportsman.

Russian features

Russians, as well as residents of any other country, have traits that distinguish them from representatives of other cultures. If you know about them, you will quickly adapt to local conditions.They like to host guests. Russians are known for their hospitality. They like to meet guests and enjoy visiting friends themselves. Generously laid tables are the main attribute of such meetings.They don’t make visits without gifts. In Russia, people don’t make visits with empty hands. Even if it’s not a birthday, but just friendly gatherings. Something must be brought. It can be a cake, sweets, wine or chocolate for younger family members.They believe in signs. Russians usually spit over their left shoulder if a black cat crosses the road; they knock on the tree so as not to jinx their plans, and don’t whistle at home, so as not to lose money. If they return to the room, having forgotten …


The main value of any region is its people. Thousands of people work every minute for the benefit of the republic and the country. And whoever it is – a minister, a banker, a miner, an oilman, a teacher, a cook or an athlete – all of them are people from the Komi Republic, those who are proud of the Komi land.


The size and length of the territory, the influence of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, the natural barrier of the Ural Mountains in the east create a heterogeneous climate. These places are characterized by frequent invasions of cold Arctic and relatively warm Atlantic air masses. Such conditions are a fertile ground for cyclones, sudden changes in pressure and air temperature, rapid changes in the direction and speed of winds, and an abundance of precipitation. Location in the subarctic and temperate climatic zones determines the climate with severe long winters (up to -50° C) and short cool summers.

Features of the Komi Republic

The Komi Republic, with the territory of 416000 km², is usually called the Russian Klondike and a treasure of innumerable wealth. Several European countries, for example, France, Italy, Germany, would fit on its territory. The Komi Republic is situated in the north-east of the European part of the Russian Federation. It attracts attention with its amazing natural territories, historical places and mysterious stories. The capital of the Komi Republic is Syktyvkar.Huge raw material wealth is concentrated in Komi: oil, gas, gold, bauxite, wood. But all the gold of the world can be given for the immense northern forests, where hundreds of species of rare animals and birds live, for the mountainous beauty of the Urals and transparent rivers with clear water.Imagine, Komi virgin forests are the largest in Europe and produce oxygen that all Europe breathes, and therefore this land is called the land where air is born. To preserve …