Quality of Life in Moscow, Russia

Purchasing Power Index 60.53   Moderate
Safety Index 62.90   High
Health Care Index 65.62   High
Climate Index 55.83   Moderate
Cost of Living Index 50.69   Low
Property Price to Income Ratio 19.06   Very High
Traffic Commute Time Index 50.62   High
Pollution Index 55.82   Moderate
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Mark on Aug 08, 2022:
Russia is the world's largest nation with a rich history and several dozen ethnic groups. Its history is dominated by invasions, monarchies and a the authoritarian 20th-century Soviet regime. Its current politicians are often at odds with Western values and clash with both Europe and the United States.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Russia.
1. Russia is the largest country in the world covering more than 6.6 million square miles.
2. It is located in the Northern Hemisphere and borders two oceans -- the Arctic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean.
3. Russia also spreads across two continents, covering a portion of Eastern Europe that borders the Ural Mountains.
4. The country's official name is the Russian Federation.
5. The median age for Russia's population is 39.6 years old. There are about 140 million residents in the country as of 2017.
6. Russia's capital city Moscow is one of the wealthiest cities in the world by the number of billionaires. In 2018, the city reported 69 billionaires, after New York, Hong Kong and San Francisco.
7. Also in Moscow there is a restaurant staffed only with twins, called the Twin Stars.
8. The second-largest art museum in the world, the Hermitage, is located in Russia's former capital, Saint Petersburg. The museum has more than 3 million art pieces.
9. The deepest lake in the world (deeper than 5,000 feet), Lake Baikal, is located in Siberia.
10. The best known train route in Russia is the Trans-Siberian railway, the world's longest railway, connecting Moscow to Vladivostok. Yet there are several other scenic train routes that connect the capital to Beijing via Mongolia or Manchuria.
Russia 24 in Overall Rankings Best countries 2021
Dasha on Aug 08, 2022:
Reasons Everyone Want Visit Russia
Visit Russia to experience its magnificence
Russia is the biggest country in the world, and its mighty scale is reflected in the splendour of its palaces, churches and parks. Everywhere you look, size matters, from the grandeur of the Moscow Metro to the towering Kremlin. But Russian culture is equally about refinement. Just think of the grace of the Russian ballet and the country’s great works of literature. To really understand the vastness of Russia, you need to leave the city and head for the wilderness. The endless Siberian taiga forests, the volcanic moonscapes of Kamchatka or the blue expanse of Lake Baikal. Russia’s sheer size means it covers an incredible diversity of landscapes and climatic zones.

Russian architecture is unique and beautiful
Colourful, intricate and monumental, Russian architecture is unlike anything else you’ll see. Following traditions dating back over 1,000 years, Russia’s architecture reflects its rich history. The renaissance of Russian architecture is most apparent in St. Basil’s Cathedral, which possesses perfect examples of ‘onion domes’ – a signature of Russian religious architecture.World-class architecture can also be found outside of the major cities. Kizhi Pogost on Kizhi Island in Lake Onega is a World Heritage site with remarkable wooden architecture. The astonishing Church of the Transfiguration boasts 22 domes made entirely out of wood with no single nail!

Russian history is truly epic
Fascinating, complex and packed with epic tales and extraordinary people, Russia’s history is larger than life, from the Mongol invasions to the rise of the Russian Empire, the advent of the Soviet Union and the rapid modernisation of Russia today.Russia is steeped in history everywhere you go. Glittering palaces serve as reminders of the time of the Tsars, while places like the Kremlin represent both the Soviet era and modern Russia. In Siberian towns like Irkutsk, you’ll find picturesque streets with quaint wooden houses and a serene atmosphere that seems to transport you back in time. I dare you to take a closer look, but be careful, you might just fall in love with Russia.

Russian art and literature is world-renowned
It is easy to fall in love with Russia if you are a lover of art and literature. Tolstoy. Dostoyevsky. Pushkin. Chekhov. Russia’s great authors are revered the world over. And what about the great composer Borodin? Or the Bolshoi Ballet, founded in 1776 and still performing today? Russia’s contribution to European literature and art has few rivals.For lovers of the arts, cities like St Petersburg and Moscow are paradise. Both cities host countless galleries and museums, with St Petersburg’s State Hermitage museum housing one of the largest collections of fine art in the world. And no trip to either city is complete without witnessing the spectacle of Russian ballet.Russian art is far from being stuck in the past. Head to the influential Garage in Moscow to check out some of Russia’s most innovative contemporary artists, or check out the experimental creations on show in St Petersburg Erarta Museum.

Russia is home to diverse cultures and religions
Though all Russian citizens are considered ‘Russians’ about 160 ethnic groups inhabit different parts of Russia. Russian is the official language, but across the country, over 100 languages are spoken. The majority of Russians identify with the Eastern Christian Orthodox Church, but Judaism, Islam, Buddhism the strict Christian Orthodoxy of the Old Believers and even shamanism are still practised. Ancient animistic religions still survive among Russia’s indigenous tribes. Twenty-five years ago, few Westerners comprehended the ethnic complexity of the Russian Federation, especially in its Asian hinterlands. Even fewer realized that this ethnic mosaic included some 30 northern aboriginal peoples, maintaining their cultural traditions despite over a half century of intense pressure to assimilate into Soviet society.Some of Russia’s indigenous are nomadic reindeer herders living above the Arctic Circle. Others, who rely on resources from the forest-tundra or taiga, survive on a mixture of farming, hunting and gathering, often living in permanent settlements.

Russia will spoil you with million-dollar views
Whether you’re sipping on a cocktail in a glamorous rooftop bar in Moscow, gazing out from your Trans-Siberian cabin window or surveying the wild kingdom of Kamchatka from the summit of a volcano, any Russian adventure is guaranteed to come with views to take your breath away, that will make you fall in love with Russia.

Russia is a Nature and Wildlife wonderland
For lovers of nature, there are so many reasons to fall in love with Russia. There are 26 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout Russia. Home to spectacular and diverse nature reserves, Russia contains the planet’s largest expanse of forest.Over eight million square kilometres of mixed woodlands serve as a refuge for creatures such as tigers, brown bears, polar bears and leopards. As long as you’re willing to take on an adventure, Russia can lead you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, from the pristine Western Caucasus Mountains to Siberia’s Lake Baikal and Kamchatka’s Pacific coast.

Russians know how to entertain
If you love a party, then, you should definitely visit Russia. Russians love to party, even some of the most remote communities have thriving nightlife and culture scenes!
Both Moscow and St Petersburg are energetic 24-hour cities with clubs, bars and night time entertainment to suit almost any taste. For a more subdued night out, try an evening at a majestic city theatre, or enjoy a symphony performed by Russia’s leading classical musicians. Russia has recently emerged as a major international sports venue, hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix and 2018 FIFA World Cup. You might be lucky enough to catch one of the many festivals and cultural events held throughout the year, such as the White Nights summer festival in St Petersburg.

Russian winters are magical
Don’t be afraid of Russian winters! Sure, it gets cold, but the snowy scenery can be positively enchanting, and just another reason to fall in love with Russia. Picturesque parks and villages blanketed in pure white seem to come from right out of a fairy-tale book. Winter provides an opportunity to experience some of Russia’s attractions at their best.
Moscow Winter Snow Beautiful
Lake Baikal is covered with ice so thick it’s used for winter sports, and a white Christmas in Moscow means parks illuminated with twinkling lights and ice skating in the city streets. For adventure lovers, winter gives you the chance to go heli-skiing down an active volcano in Kamchatka, dog sledding in Karelia, searching for the Northern Lights above the Kola peninsula or migrating with the nomads of the Yamal peninsula.

Surprise! Russians are actually warm-hearted and open people.
The stereotypical Russian is gruff, serious, and unsmiling. But when you visit Russia, make sure to spend some time with real Russians, and you’ll experience a completely different side to the Russian character.Above all, Russian people are family-oriented. Because of this, they are warm, loving, good-humoured and welcoming, once you get to know them. Non-Russians are sometimes taken aback by the blunt and upfront manner of the typical Russian. In general, Russians have little regard for small talk and niceties and much prefer to get straight to the point! Promise you will fall in love with Russia and its people if you give yourself a chance to get to know them.Russian customs and traditions.Russians display a special generosity and goodwill to guests, especially from other cities and countries. Russians are proud of their country and are eager to show you its good sides. They may criticize elements of their society severely, but if you try to do the same, you can expect them to defend it furiously.

Russia has some great food and awesome restaurants
Russia’s culinary offerings provide variety for travellers, and you will easily find contentment in the wide choices available. When you visit Russia, don’t get surprised that vegan and vegetarian foods are actually being well served. All types of international food are available in Russia, and it’s worth your while to experience dining on the street as well as splashing out on some of the many opportunities for ultra-luxurious fine dining.Russian Food Guide Moscow Restaurants
Trying traditional Russian food is a must. Classic includes pirozhki dumplings, sweet or savoury blini (mini pancakes), and shashlik, a Russian kebab.

Russia is the land of vodka and bears
The national spirit of Russia is, of course, vodka. It is enjoyed the world over, but to really experience vodka the Russian way, pair it with a shot of pickle juice!
So, there you have it. A small taste of what we’ve discovered represents the real spirit of Russia and the reasons many travellers fall in love with Russia. But to truly experience what makes Russia such a soul-stirring destination, the only way is to open your mind and your heart and come to see for yourself —visit Russia!
Emma on Aug 07, 2022:
Men under the nickname - Australian moved to Russia - Welcome to Russia! Russia is a great country and today only 2 superpowers are the Russian Federation and the USA. Australia has turned into a covid tyranny country today, it's just awful!
Camila on Aug 07, 2022:
8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Moscow At Least Once in Your Lifetime

The city of Moscow is the largest historical, cultural, and administrative city in the entire Russian Federation. The capital of the most gigantic country on the planet is considered to be quite fast, lively, crowded, and mystical with its various historical neighbourhoods and hidden gems. The streets here are quite busy, and the traffic is tough; weather conditions might vary from cold to hot, and you can never predict it. Despite these climate conditions, the city remains an amazing and a picturesque one, and there are definitely a whole host of reasons to come here at least once in a lifetime. Here are the top eight, so you can start planning your trip now.

1 Traditional architecture
The capital of Russia is famous for its enormous streets and neighbourhoods full of different historical, Soviet, Post-Soviet and modern buildings. Various architectural styles might catch your eye literally on every corner, and each of them represents a traditional Moscow style that remained for decades, if not centuries.

2 The Moscow theatre scene
Of course, you’ve heard about the Bolshoi at least once in your life. No doubts. Theatre fans from all over the world visit Moscow during the theatre season, which opens annually in October. Only here you can find as many options for your perfect theatrical evening as your heart desires. The capital’s theatres offer its audiences celebrated dramas and comedies, operas and ballets, as well as contemporary performances.

3 Art galleries and museums
The city of Moscow is famous for its extensive and impressive art scene and offers its visitors a wide number of historical museums, galleries and modern art and photography centres, along with workshop halls and art shops and corners. Many of these places provide its visitors with access to unique and important art collections and an entrance to different exhibitions, art events and fairs organized in the city monthly.

4 Nature and parks
The city of Moscow hosts an abundance of different parks, orangeries and small squares with a great number of local plants and trees. These beautiful nature and recreation spots have become real gems of the city for its residents.

5 Orthodox churches
The Moscow region has around 830 Orthodox churches, monasteries and chapels. You may view these religious architectural masterpieces in every single neighbourhood of the city. The majority of these places are open daily to visitors, and each of them has a unique collection of religious paintings of Orthodox saints.

6 Picturesque city views
The city of Moscow is famous for its huge number of high points and spectacular city views from various neighbourhoods. One of the most popular observation points nowadays is the ‘Federation Tower’ located in the Moscow City business area; however, it’s just one of the many places where you can take a beautiful picture and view the sunset. We highly recommend it!

7 Russian cuisine
Russia offers its visitors an enormous variety of traditional dishes. Some of them are considered to be real culinary masterpieces. Only in Moscow you can find many restaurants featuring national cuisine, ranging from budget to Michelin-starred.

8 Moscow’s nightlife
‘Moscow never sleeps!’ – that’s what locals say about the city, and this is 100% true. Moscow’s nightlife is very fun, never-ending and just might get you quite tipsy. Local clubs, bars and dance halls provide many interesting options to its guests even on a Monday night.
Russian Trillionaire on Aug 06, 2022:
10 reasons Moscow is the best capital city in Europe
Moscow of 2018 is a new city with a rich heritage and history. The city has gone through a massive facelift with new and modern infrastructure and institutions. Here is how it compares with London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and other great European cities.

Best sidewalks, walking and cycling lanes: Moscow has become the most walker friendly city in Europe. There are wide sidewalks along all major radial and circular roads of the city. Citizens make good use of walking paths, benches, playing areas and accessibility. On any given weekend, the whole city is out walking. Berlin comes close but no other European city matches the walking zones of Moscow.
2. Best Public Transportation. It is not just the 380 kilometer network of Moscow metro with 220 stations used by almost 6 million people per day. The circular rail, new tram lines, electric buses, and the whole public transport infrastructure is modern, efficient and green. Moscow simply has the best public transportation in the world. And it is affordable — a ticket for any distance travelled costs less than 50 cents. There is free wifi throughout the public transport network good enough to watch and stream videos.

3. Citizen friendly governance Under Mayor Sobyanin Moscow has invented new governance. It is one of most open, friendly, respectful and efficient systems of governance. I cant write enough praise for the service centers fo city call #moidokumenty that look like business lounge of Emirates airlines. I do not think any English or European city even comes close in how open and corruption free city bureaucracy has become for ordinary citizens.

4. Moscow is Safe. Safety comes first and Moscow not just feels safe — it is one of safest big cities in the world. The days of heavy handed policing and police corruption or shakedowns are long gone. Police presence is soft and friendly — almost like the polite English cops. And yet it is solid policing. Compared with any European capital city it is perfectly safe for women to walk around late night or take public transportation. There is no street crime of mugging or purse snatching or pick pocketing. Almost no street violence or bar fights. It simply is the safest city to be in Europe.

5. Moscow is Clean: Cleaning Moscow is a challenge when zillion tonnes of snow falls every winter. But the city does a miracle keeping it clean and functional. Sidewalks, side streets, corners are very clean. There is no public defecation that is so common in Paris. No homelessness that is at scary levels in London. Migrants and locals alike treat the city with respect. The Metro, despite its 80 years, is amazingly clean and that is thanks to general Russian culture of cleanliness and hygiene.

6. Moscow hads a vibrant Cultural Scene: It is impossible how much of cultural scene is in Moscow. Hundreds of artists from Asia, the US, and Europe perform in the city. Bolshoi is not the only theater in town — there are hundreds of middle and small theaters supported by the city. Every major musical star of planet — present and past — performs in Russia. Russians are cultural creatures and the city life buzzes with music, dance, art and theater.

7. Parks and Green zones: The river embankment and many parks of the city have been transformed completely into beautiful parks and leisure zones. Hundreds of thousands of new trees have been planted throughout the city. The parks and yards are beautifully manicured gardens. Neither London’s Hyde PArk or Regents park nor many well known parks of Paris palaces come even close.

8. Affordable: Living in Moscow is on average 20 to 50% cheaper than living in London, PAris, Amsterdam or Berlin. And the quality of live is twice better.

9. Eating out : Moscow is experiencing a culinary and gastronomic boom. Hundreds of new home grown restaurants, gastro pubs, diners and cafes have been popping up. City’s old markets have been converted into gastro destinations. Ethic cuisine from Georgia, Dagestan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan is a super hit. The variety, quality and affordability eating out is unmatched. restaurants work till late and one can have a super meal at mid night or in early hours.

10. Night Life: Moscow does not sleep. It is a city of beauty, lights and vibrance. Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants stay open all week till late. The night life spills onto streets in summer and then huddles indoors in many bars, nightclubs and lounges. London and Paris nightlife is legendary a but Moscow has been catching up. It may never take the lead but it has a classiness and vibrance that London and PAris cannot match.
Ron DeSantis on Aug 05, 2022:
Experts included Moscow in the top 5 best cities in the world once again.

The Russian capital holds its position in the ranking for the second year in a row.
Moscow took fourth place in The World's 100 Best Cities rating of the 100 best global cities. It is released by the reputable consulting company Resonance Consultancy based on indicators such as tourist attraction, convenience for living, working and doing business. London is on the first line of the rating, Paris is the second, and New York has come the third. Dubai closes the top five.
“As it was last year, Moscow is the fourth in the rating of the best metropolises to live and work in, and travel to. The rating takes into account many parameters. International experts assess both business opportunities or, for example, the cultural environment, and how balanced the urban development is too. We reaffirmed our leadership positions, being ahead of the strongest competitors, such as Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, Barcelona and Los Angeles,“ said Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Moscow Mayor.
When making the ranking, statistical indicators are assessed in 24 fields, grouped into six main categories: place, product, people, economic prosperity, leisure, progress. In the "Product" category, the Russian capital was recognized as the leader due to its well-developed infrastructure, flight connection and large number of attractions. Moscow is the second in the "Place" category for high level of safety and availability of high-quality parks. Moscow is on fifth line in the "Leisure" category; in terms of people education level it is among the top 3 after London and St. Petersburg, and in terms of the number of Instagram hashtags it is in the top ten.
“This year Moscow has significantly strengthened its position in the “Economic Prosperity” group of indicators, having jumped up from 64th to 25th place. The assessment was made on the basis of a number of economic indicators, including unemployment rate and per capita Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP). Let me remind you that the registered unemployment in Moscow is now 0.51 percent — the lowest level since last April,” said Vladimir Yefimov, Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations.
The capital of Russia is dynamically developing as an international technological center. Moscow has all conditions for developing and implementing innovations, emphasized Alexei Fursin, head of Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.
“Thanks to the Moscow Government programs, startups can promote their developments supported by the Moscow Government and big business, test them in urban environment, and then start interacting with partners and customers. Thereafter, the most promising technologies are implemented into Moscow infrastructure, making the city still more innovative and attractive for residents and tourists,” Alexey Fursin added.
The World's 100 Best Cities rating is released since 2016 by the international consulting company Resonance. It takes into account statistics, feedback from the business community, industry professionals and tourists.
Tom on Aug 04, 2022:
Moscow is a lively city, rich in history and culture. It is Russia's national center for visual and performing arts and home to some of the best known performance companies in the world. Renowned for its grand architecture, the city boasts excellent travel connections and low cost of living. With more than 12 million residents, Moscow is among the most populous city in the world, but roughly 40% of it territory is still covered by greenery. Moscow is one of the top ten city matches for 4.7% of Teleport users.
Moscow ranked 3rd best megacity in the world according to the UN
Abramovich on Aug 04, 2022:
Why should you move to the best city on earth? Here are 10 reasons for you:
1. Moscow, Russia is the number one country to start a career according to US News
2. Moscow is a great starting point if you like to travel
Russia is located between Europe and Asia.
3. Moscow has a very low cost of living compared to most Western countries
4. Working in Moscow means that you will get significantly more time for vacation
Working in Russia entitles you to 28 days of vacation per year.
5. If you want to live in Russia, learn Russian
Living in Russia is 10 times easier if you speak Russian. Of course, in Moscow or St. Petersburg you can do without speaking only English, but you really miss the Russian experience.
6. Russia has simplified legal work as an emigrant
The Russian government is increasingly making it easier for emigrants to enter to live and work in Russia.
7. Russian culture is incredible for the perception (and almost impossible to understand) by an emigrant
8. Russia has a world-class art scene
One of the biggest advantages of living in Russia is access to art. Moscow and St. Petersburg are two of the greatest cities in the world for art. From museums, opera, ballet and classical music, if you love art, you will really like Russia. Some of the world's outstanding composers, ballet dancers, opera singers and poets come from Russia, and Russians are very proud of this.
9. Public transport in Russia is incredibly cheap and well developed + in addition, Russia has a very tasty national cuisine..
Moscow has one of the largest metro systems in the world, and by Western standards it is very cheap. A trip in the Moscow metro costs only 42 rubles (0.55 US dollars) when using a card with the possibility of reloading. Compared to any Western country, it's incredibly cheap. In other cities of Russia it is even cheaper!
10. In Moscow it is much safer than you think
We are not sure why it exists, but there are stereotypes in the West that Russia is a dangerous place. To be honest, in our experience, life in Russia seems safer than in any big city in the United States or Europe. There may be some minor crimes, but in general you will feel safe living in Russia.

Summing up, I think Moscow is the best city in the world to start a career or a new life..
Johnny on Aug 03, 2022:
In fact, Moscow is the best city! Believe me, London-Paris and New York are much worse than Moscow! These leftist cities are terrible! Don't you believe me? Live in them for at least a year! Homeless people, garbage everywhere and a very very expensive life, unlike in Moscow! Therefore, this rating is bullshit..
With love from Miami!

Alex on Feb 12, 2022:
An positive change in components for an unclear reason lead to decrease in Quality of life index - it is a mistake of the site owners that discredits all the site data
Australian moved to Russia on Feb 04, 2022:
After living in a beach side subburb in Sydney,my family and I moved to Moscow. Australia is a small island faw away from all the excitement. Russia is exciting, close to Europe and Asia. Sydney is $3000 (160,000 rubles amonth) rent and cost of living is very high, to buy a house is $1 million (40-60 million rubles). The majority of the population in Australia watch TV and netflix and live in a bubble without awareness of rhe world because the country is highly controlled by Hollywood, Facebook and Google. Their is no manufacturing, home grown technology like Yandex of VK, or space program. My children are better off living in Russia with a good future exposed to civilizations. We can spend a weekend in Finland or Paris or Italy or Turkey for cheap airfares. We often visit friends in these countries. Russia is a civilizatiin, Australia is an artificial exp
Chicago boy on Feb 02, 2022:
High loan rates is the result of Russian Central Bank activities. Russian Central Bank is obviously aiming at something other than home economy monetisation. Inflation of imported expenses is something other than that inflation of demand that Central Bank is fighting against.
LOL on Feb 02, 2022:
Violent crime > Murder rate Total
Australia 229 ("Moderately safe" on Numbeo)
Russia 14,574 ("Very safe" on Numbeo)

Violent crime > Murder rate per million people
Australia 10.38 ("Moderately safe" on Numbeo)
Russia 102.35 ("Very safe" on Numbeo)

Drugs > Opiates use
Australia 0.5% ("Moderately safe" on Numbeo)
Russia 1.64% ("Very safe" on Numbeo)

How can a source like this be trusted?
Everyone should report this.
LOL on Feb 02, 2022:
For those who may not know, the phrase "switch your brains on" (Russian: "включай мозги") is the trademark of the Russian propaganda army "Internet Research Agency"
LOL on Feb 01, 2022:
List of countries by intentional homicide rates:
- Russia 8.2 per 100,000 population (rated "very safe" on Numbeo)
- Australia 0.2 per 100,000 (rated "moderately safe")

Russian propaganda bots obviously skew the numbers in their favor. Comments below are the proof.
LOL on Jan 29, 2022:
to Res, buddy I was born in Russia and lived there for 30 years. Save your propaganda fairytales for Odnoklassniki.ru.
LOL on Jan 23, 2022:
How in the world did you manage to give Russia a High safety index? It is one of the worst countries in the world in terms of homicide rates, property related crimes, domestic violence, car thefts, street violence, burglaries, drugs etc.

Russians are also among the most drug addicted nations on the planet.

What is even funnier is that Australia has a Moderate safety index suggesting that one would be less safe living there compared to Russia. This is beyond ridiculous.
Australianbiz on Nov 26, 2021:
Moscow quality of life could be better if had higher salaries , lower traffic and lower loan rates .
Anonymous on Oct 30, 2021:
To Res. live first in Moscow and see how bad places like London,Paris,Berlin,Madrid,Rome etc are and getting worse by the day
Thomas on Jul 09, 2021:
I've visited most European big cities including Moscow, twice. I think it's a great city... if you're wealthy and can afford living in the city very center. This index won't reflect things like the beautiful architecture, the great subway, the good nightlife and the beautiful girls. But outside of the center, it does not look great at all i.e. most of the population is poor.
Vladimir on Dec 07, 2020:
Moscow is much better then any of EU cities.
Moscow is one the best cities in the world!