Russian Culture


  • The common greeting among strangers usually involves a firmly held handshake with direct eye contact. 
  • Take off your gloves to shake someone else’s hand.
  • You should not greet across a threshold. This is seen as impolite, giving the impression that the person is not allowed to enter.
  • In some cases, a handshake may seem too formal. 
  • Women generally kiss people three times on alternating cheeks starting on the left.
  • Male friends may hug one another or give each other a pat on the back.
  • An old superstition advises that you should never greet someone by shaking hands or kissing them whilst on the threshold of the doorstep. This is thought to cause you to argue with them.
  • People give the appropriate formal greeting depending on what time of day it is: “Dobroe utro” (Good morning), “Dobriy den” (Good afternoon) or “Dobriy vecher” (Good evening).
  • A more casual greeting is “Privet” (Hi).
  • Address a person using their first name and patronymic (middle) name if they are older or of higher status than yourself.
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  • Population
    [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
  • 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
  • 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%)
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