St. Petersburg – the second largest city in Russia. The city of federal significance. The administrative center of the North-West Federal District and the Leningrad region. Founded 16 (27) May 1703 by Peter I. In 1712-1918 years – the capital of the Russian state.
The city has an extensive external relations. In the town the days of culture of other cities and countries are held periodically. By 2011, in St. Petersburg 79 sister cities.
In St. Petersburg are located: Consulate General of 34 countries and 3 honorary Consulate General, 19 honorary consulates; representative offices of international organizations: the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of CIS member states, representative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Eurasian Development Bank branch, the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Eurasian Economic Community; 28 representative of the Russian Federation; registered 17 national-cultural autonomies, 51 national-cultural associations, 20 local associations