europe / Udmurtia

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Udmurtia is located in the eastern edge of the Eastern European Plain west from Ural mountains at the meeting point of Europe and Asia. This land between the Kama and Vyatka Rivers is homeland of Udmurts who belong to Fenno Ugric peoples.

Udmurtia Repbulic





Indigenous Peoples

The ancient inhabitants of the territory between the Kama and the Vyatka rivers were the tribes of the Finno-Ugric ethnic community. The Udmurt language belongs to the Ural ethno-linguistic group, the closest language being the Komi language.

The first Russian settlements on the territory of modern Udmurtia date back to the XIII –XIV century. The northern Udmurts were part of a peculiar political and economic formation called Vyatka land in the XIII-XV centuries, which became patrimony of Nizhny Novgorod and Suzdal princes, and from 1489 became part of Grand Duchy of Moscow together with other Vyatka peoples.

The southern Udmurts were under the influence of Volga-Kama Bolghar, later they came under the power of the Golden Horde and Kazan khanate until the fall of Kazan in 1552.

The Udmurts finally became part of Russia in 1558.



Most well known food of Udmurt origin are pelmeni, perepechi and shangi. The word pelmeni is derived from pel'nyan' (пельнянь) – literally "ear bread" in Udmurt language.


Local travel
There are some local host that you can find in Localyte

Ludorvai is a village and an architectural and ethnographic museum estate located in Zavyalovsky District of Udmurtiya.


Famous personalities

Udmurtia is the motherland of the genius composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who was born and lived the early years of his life in Votkinsk.

The life of Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov, a world famous weapon designer and a symbol of Russia, is also associated with the city of Izhevsk.