Russian Culture

Dates of Significance

  • New Year’s Day (1st of January)
  • New Year’s Holiday week (week following 1st of January)
  • Orthodox Christmas Day (7th of January)
  • Old New Year [Russian Orthodox] (13th of January)
  • Defender of the Fatherland Day (23rd of February)
  • Special Operations Forces Day (27th of February)
  • International Women’s Day (8th of March)
  • Orthodox Easter Day (Varies each year)
  • Spring and Labour Day (1st of May)
  • Victory Day (9th of May)
  • Russia Day (12th of June)
  • Day of the Russian Federation State Flag (22nd of August)
  • Unity Day (4th of November)
  • Accord and Reconciliation Day (7th of November)
  • Constitution Day (12th of December)
  • New Year’s Eve (31st of December)
Download this Cultural Profile

Too busy to read it right now?

You can download this cultural profile in an easy-to-read PDF format that can be printed out and accessed at any time.

Russia
  • Population
    142,355,415
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Russian [official] (85.7%)
    Tatar (3.2%)
    Chechen (1.0%)
    Other (10.1%)
    [2010 census]
  • Religions
    Russian Orthodox Christianity (15-20%)
    Islam (10-15%)
    Other Christianity (2%)
    [2006 est.]
    Note: These estimates are of practicing worshipers only. Russia has large populations of non-practicing believers and non-believers.
  • Ethnicities
    Russian (77.7%)
    Tatar (3.7%)
    Ukrainian (1.4%)
    Bashkir (1.1%)
    Chuvash (1%)
    Chechen (1%)
    Other (10.2%)
    Unspecified (3.9%)
    [2010 census]
    Note: There are nearly 200 national and/or ethnic groups are represented in Russia.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    93
    39
    36
    95
    81
    20
  • Australians with Russian Ancestry
    85,657 [2016 census]
Russians in Australia
  • Population
    20,425 [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Russia. However, it should be that there are many people who were born in other republics of the former Soviet Union who also identify as Russian. According to the 2016 census, the number of Russian-speakers in Australia is 50,314.
  • Average Age
    42
  • Gender
    Male (37.3%)
    Female (62.7%)
  • Religion
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (42.3%)
    No Religion (26.3%)
    Judaism (12.7%)
    Other (14.1%)
    Not Stated (4.5%)
  • Ancestry
    Russian (79.3%)
    Jewish (5.9%)
    Ukrainian (1.7%)
    Other (10.9%)
    Not Stated (2.1%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Russian (79.8%)
    English (13.7%)
    Polish (1.2%)
    Greek (0.8%)
    Other (4.5%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 80.8% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (37.5%)
    Victoria (33.2%)
    Queensland (12.9%)
    South Australia (6.8%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (54.4%)
    2001-2006 (19.8%)
    2007-2011 (21.6%)
Country https://dtbhzdanf36fd.cloudfront.net/countries/138/ru.svg Flag Country Russia