COORDINATES: 55°47 N 49°10 E

AREA: 425.3 sq. km.


Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, third capital of Russia; it is one of the largest economic, scientific and cultural centres in the country. It is located in the European part of Russia, 820 kilometres to the east of Moscow. About 1.2 million people – representatives of over 100 nationalities – live in Kazan in the atmosphere of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. The city celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in 2005.

Kazan and students

There are all the reasons to call the thousand-year-old Kazan a ‘young’ city. There are nearly 200,000 students from 67 countries studying in Kazan; some of Russia’s top higher education institutions are concentrated here, among them Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Tupolev Kazan National Research Technical University and Kazan National Research Technological University.

Kazan and culture

The thousand-year-old Kazan has a busy cultural life. Such cultural events as the Feodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival, Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Festival, White Lilac International Festival named after Sergey Rachmaninov, Kazan Autumn International Open Air Opera Festival, Aksenov-fest Literature Festival, and International Festival of Muslim Cinema have already become annual for Kazan. There are 9 theatres, 34 state museums, privately owned art galleries, Saidashev State Big Concert Hall and 2 philharmonics.

Kazan and innovations

The city’s economy follows an innovative way of development; Idea Technopark, one of the largest technoparks in Europe, and the biggest IT centre in Russia – IT Park – have been successfully operating for several years in Kazan. Innopolis, a science city for IT specialists and the first city in Russia’s modern history to be constructed completely from scratch, was built near Kazan and is about to become the country’s leading centre in the field of information technologies.

Kazan and infrastructure

Staging of the one-thousandth anniversary, followed by preparation for the 2013 Summer Universiade, transformed Kazan beyond recognition. 30 new sports venues were built for the Universiade, including Kazan Arena Stadium, Aquatics Palace, Volleyball Centre, Gymnastics Centre, Ak Bars Martial Arts Palace and Universiade Village. A new airport terminal, high-speed train connecting the airport and city centre, new hotels and traffic interchanges were built, the railway station was renovated, city roads were reconstructed, new metro stations were opened.

In 2015, city parks were improved and their development concept, as well as the Kremlin embankment, made them residents’ and guests’ centre of attraction.  Thanks to this work, the city has acquired an integral and attractive appearance of a thriving metropolis, which is noted both by Kazan residents and visitors to the capital.

Kazan and tourism

Today Kazan is one of the most visited cities in Russia. There are over 150 places of accommodation in Kazan, 14 of which were opened in 2013, 19 – in 2014, and 6 – in 2015. Capabilities of the city in the field of hospitality make it possible to hold large-scale international competitions on the highest level.

Kazan and sports

In 2009, Kazan was recognised as the ‘Sports Capital of Russia’. The city rightly and proudly bears this name, being a driving force for the Russian sports development. Kazan is home to many award-winning athletes and sports clubs that participate in international competitions. The Rubin Football Club, Ak Bars Hockey Club, Zenit and Dinamo Volleyball Clubs, UNICS Basketball Club, and the Sintez Water Polo Club are the clubs whose names speak for themselves far beyond the country.

The fact that Kazan is a sports city is also confirmed by active participation of its residents in grassroots activities (Ski Track of Russia, Cross-Country Race of the Nation) and football (Leather Ball), hockey (Golden Puck), volleyball and other competitions that bring together tens of thousands of sports lovers throughout the country.

Staging of the 27th Summer Universiade has given a new impetus to the development of children’s, youth and university sports not only in Kazan, but all over Russia. The Universiade was staged to the highest possible organisational standard and was dubbed as the best ‘World University Summer Games’ ever. Kazan has become a well recognisable city on the international sporting scene and an attractive place for hosting sporting events of all levels.

In the summer of 2015, Kazan hosted one more major event – the 16th FINA World Championships – which became record-breaking in terms of the number of participating countries and cumulative TV audience. Apart from high-profile projects, Kazan regularly stages national and international sporting events at its venues. In 2017, together with Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi Kazan played host to matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup and in 2018 the city is also in the list of 11 Russian cities for matches of the FIFA World Cup.

The city’s achievements in the field of event management were more than once acknowledged with prestigious awards. On 6 November, 2013, at the 7th International Sports Event Management Awards (ISEM) in London, UK, Kazan became winner in the Highly Commended Sport City category. In 2014, during the SportAccord International Convention in Belek, Turkey, SportsBusiness International magazine presented Tatarstan’s capital with the Best Newcomer award.

In February 2016, Kazan was selected as the host city for the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI). The UNESCO Secretariat made this decision based on the Tatarstan capital’s experience of hosting major world-level sporting events and high assessment of the city’s abilities to stage high-profile international forums.