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General information

Territory 472.3 thousand sq. km.
Extent from north to south 1600 km.
Extent from west to east - 450 km.
Population (the Kamchatka Region) - 333 644 people.
Distance from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Moscow - 8200 km.
Administrative districts: The Kamchatka Region and The Koryak autonomous area.
Big towns - 3.
Other localities - 56.
Native and ethnic groups - nearly 170.

Time zone.
Kamchatka is in 12th time zone. Time difference from Moscow + 9 hours.

Language.
Official state language is Russian. In tour companies and basic social services spheres the staff also speaks English. In popular restaurants menus are written in 2 languages: Russian and English. Because of the increasing number of foreign tourists the number of people learning foreign languages Japanese, Chinese, German, French - also grows. If necessary you can always find a contact and understanding in English with people of the middle and young age.

Money.
National Russian money is ruble (1 ruble = 100 kopeks).
Bank-notes 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 rubles.
Coins 1, 5, 10, 50 kopeks, 1, 2, 5, 10 rubles.
Absolute majority of all payments for services, food and in commerce is made in cash Russian money. On markets and stores payments are in cash Russian rubles only. In big hotels in Petropavlovsk and large shopping centers (Shamsa, Samotlor, Pyramida) credit cards are also accepted.
VISA, MAESTRO, MASTER CARD are accepted in restaurant and casino "Coliseum" round-the-clock. In the most popular places more and more exchange machines appear. However this is so only in Petropavlovsk and Elizovo. In other Kamchatka localities credit card payment system is not developed yet.

Tips.
They are not obligatory but become more and more widely-spread in service sphere.

Open hours.
Institutions and offices are open from 9:00 till 18:00 Monday trough Friday (Saturday and Sunday are off). Banks and post-offices open from 10:00 till 18:00. Big shopping centers are open from 09:00 till 21:00.

Telephone connection.
General telephone and mobile connection in most Kamchatka localities is provided by Kamchatka branch of Dalsvyaz. Mobile cellular connection in Petropavlovsk, Elizovo and adjoining territories is also provided by "Beeline", "MTS", "Megaphone". Mobile connection operators in Kamchatka provide roaming with all major Russian mobile operators.
Telephone talks in Petropavlovsk and on stationary numbers in Elizovo and Paratunka are free.
Public telephones provide intra-town and inter-city connection using telephone cards which can be bought in the post-office.
For international calls with subsequent payment please dial 8 10 + country code + city code + telephone number.
Pre-paid international call can be made from any telephone using Sole cards of Rostelecom which can be bought in hotels.

Electricity.
Electricity of general use designed for 220V, 50Hz power.

Meals and drinks.
There is a large variety of different cuisines in Kamchatka: Russian, European, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Uzbek, Caucasian. Restaurants are in Petropavlovsk and Elizovo. In other localities there are mostly cafes and bars. Any dish is good and delicious because all of them are made from ecologically pure provision and are mostly home-made. Kamchatka specialties are very popular: fresh fish dishes, seafood and wild plants dishes, various pastries.
Kamchatka beer and mineral water are leaders by quality and receive more and more high awards on different international exhibitions.