St. Petersburg is the northernmost major city of the world. It is located at 60 degrees North, 30 degrees East.
The city's area equals 606 square kilometers, 1439 square kilometers with suburbs.
Due to the city's northern position it enjoys the phenomenon of the "white nights", lasting from May 25-26 till July 16-17. July 22, the Solstice Day, is the longest day (18 hours 53 minutes); the shortest day is December 22 (5 hours 52 minutes).
The climate is humid, close to maritime, with a moderately warm summer and a rather long moderately cold winter. The average winter temperature is -6.4░C, the average summer temperature is +20.1░C. In dry hot weather the temperature may rise to +25░C ... +30░C. The temperature may seriously drop in winter, reaching -25░C ... -30░C. Precipitation reaches 651 mm per year.
The Neva River is the city's main waterway. The name of the river derives from the ancient name of Lake Ladoga, the Neva where it begins. The Neva is 74 kilometers long, flowing 32 kilometers within the city boundaries. The average width of the Neva within the city is 600 meters, depth - up to 24 meters.
In the delta, the Neva splits into three main branches: the Bolshaya Neva, the Malaya Neva and the Bolshaya Nevka.
The city is located on the banks of the Neva and about 100 rivers, canals and straits. Water constitutes 1/10th of the area of the city.
Saint Petersburg stands on the 42 islands of the Neva Delta. The biggest islands are Vasilievsky and Petrogradsky.
The abundance of islands has led to the construction of a multitude of bridges. Of these, nowadays there are 308 within the city proper, and 534 if suburbs are included.
22 of the bridges are drawbridges. The total length of all the bridges is about 16 kilometers. The longest bridge across the Neva is the Alexander Nevsky Bridge (909 meters with runways), the widest bridge is the Siniy Bridge on the Moika River (99.5 meters).
The highest elevation equals 42 meters above the sea level (Poklonnaya Gora).
Floods occur frequently in the city. Most often they happen in autumn due to strong westerly winds. In the history of the city the Neva has risen above the ordinary level more than 300 times.
A water-meter was built near the Mining Institute in 1877. A flood is registered if the water rises 180 cm above the normal level. The biggest flood was on November 7 1824 when the water rose 4.1 metres above the ordinary level.
The population of St. Petersburg is 4,581,000 as of the beginning of 2006.
St. Petersburg uses Moscow time (GMT +4 in summer, GMT +3 in winter). The city changes to summer time on the last Saturday of March and to winter time on the last Saturday of October.
Voltage: AC 220 V, 50 Hz.
International direct dial code to St. Petersburg: +7 (812)
Long-distance direct dial code: +8 (812)
Discounted telephone communication rate:
Long-distance calls:
1200 a.m. - 600 a.m. Mon-Fri, on week-ends and holidays - round-the-clock;
International calls:
on week-ends and holidays - round-the-clock.


The monetary unit of the Russian Federation is ruble. Located round the city bank exchange bureaus usually work from 1000 a.m. to 800 p.m. Major banks offer better rates. Do not use private individuals' services to exchange money!

EMERGENCY NUMBERS (round-the-clock)

Fire 01
Police 02
Ambulance 03
źLengaz╗ gas leakage crew 04
Special police service (for foreigners) 5783014


Operalor assisted long-distance telephone calls 077
Operator assisted international telephone calls 079
Speaking clock 060
St. Petersburg directory inquiries (telephone numbers) 09
Private telephone number inquiries (either the address or the name of the person should be known), commercial service 009
Telephone service of St. Petersburg 008
Service Information 050
Phone Service Company 064
Legal advice 065
Sending telegrams by telephone 066
Taxi 068
Night drugstore round-the-clock 3244400
Information on hospitalized individuals 5790055


Bridge Drawn (at night)
Volodarsky 200a.m.-345a.m. 415a.m.-545a.m.
Finlyandsky 230a.m.-510a.m.
Alexandra Nevskogo 230a.m.-505a.m.
Peter the Great 200a.m.-500a.m.
Liteiny 150a.m.-440a.m.
Troitsky 150a.m.-450a.m.
Dvortsovy 135a.m.-255a.m. 315a.m.-450a.m.
Leitenanta Shmidta 140a.m.-455a.m.
Birzhevoi 210a.m.-450a.m.
Tuchkov 210a.m.-305a.m. 335a.m.-445a.m.
Sampsonievsky 210a.m.-245a.m. 320a.m.-425a.m.
Grenadersky 245a.m.-345a.m. 420a.m.-450a.m.
Kantemirovsky 245a.m.-345a.m. 420a.m.-450a.m.


January 1-5 New Year
January 7 Orthodox Christmas
February 23 Motherland Defenders' Day
Mach 8 International Women's Day
May 1 Spring and Labor Day
May 9 Victory Day
June 12 Russia Day
November 4 Day of Nation Unity

The bridges are drawn from May 5 till November 20

Ushakovsky, Kamenno-ostrovsky, Krestovsky, Lazarevsky and Bolshoi Petrovsky bridges are only drawn as necessity arises.
Banks and public offices do not work on these days. Some shops continue working on holidays, but times depend on the organization. The information about working days and hours is usually given on the front door.