The sixth largest city in Russia, Samara, lies to the European southeast of the country on the River Volga. It is a beautiful city with wide, historic streets and a very vibrant evening life that expats living in Samara will find far warmer than the traditional frosty image of Russia – in fact, the city is sometimes called "The Russian Chicago". Expatriates in Samara will enjoy the central Leningradskaya shopping area and, on the shore of the Volga, the famous city center beach. There's also plenty for expats living in Samara to enjoy by way of entertainment, with a vast number of bars, restaurants and cultural attractions like the “Самара Космическая”, a popular museum dedicated to Samara’s history as a center of the Russian space industry. There are also some good Russian schools for any expatriate in Samara who would like to learn a little of the Russian language.
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Before travelling, expats moving to Samara might like to have a look at the various articles on our website, especially in our Expat Magazine. They give a good amount of information on expatriation issues like family and relationships, expat finance, repatriation and so on. It's well worth arriving with some information and expatriation tips – we also have some articles written by other InterNations members, which are a great anecdotal way to pick up information – so you can enjoy the city and concentrate on settling into life as an expatriate in Samara. Getting there is an easy task, with the city's Kurumoch International Airport being served by flights from several European and other international destinations, as well as flights from major Russian hubs like Moscow. Expatriates moving to Samara can also take the train from Moscow or St. Petersburg, which is a picturesque way to travel although journey times are long.
The city is a fantastic place to be based and expatriates working in Samara will soon find out why it got its nickname, "The Russian Chicago". The historic center sits within a vibrant modern economy which has seen a great pace of expansion driven by flour milling, Trading Houses (the city has a river port that has appeared on Italian trade maps as far back as the 14th century) and a good number of factories. The city isn't just a workhorse, though, and the local after-hours social and cultural life is excellent. Expats working in Samara will be sure to find other global minds there – the city is home to more than a million people – and once again the InterNations website is a great way to get in touch with the local international community. You can get information on things to do or organize meet-ups with other InterNations members and expats in Samara through the forums, discussion groups and private communications on our website.