St. Petersburg is a city that has been known through the years by several different names (Petrograd and Leningrad being the other two) and is called by the locals just “Petersburg,” or even simply “Piter.” But, whatever it’s been called, from the time it was founded by Peter the Great in 1703, it has grown into and remained a center of industry, business, and commerce.

Numerous international business headquarters, banks, and industrial complexes are located in St. Petersburg, helping to make it the center of trade and manufacturing that it is. Some of the most important economic activities relate to: oil and gas commerce, shipbuilding, computer-related industries, electronics, heavy machinery, aerospace products, aluminum alloy production, chemicals, textiles, medical supplies, military equipment, and the printing industry. Finally, it should be mentioned that one tenth of the world’s power-plant turbines are manufactured in St. Petersburg.

The location of St. Petersburg has lent itself to making it the major linkage point between Russia and Scandinavia, as well as other parts of Europe. International highways run from the city to Helsinki, Tallinn, Kiev, Odessa, and Moscow. Its road connections are extensive with the remainder of Russia, and its Ring Road (finished 2011) has cut down on the traffic congestion in this busy city. Five rail terminals are inside St. Petersburg, along with numerous stations and national and international rail connections. Besides being a hub of traditional railroad transport, St. Petersburg since 2009 has been connected to Moscow by a new, modern high-speed rail.

Pulkovo Airport is the main air traffic center in St. Petersburg and is the third-busiest in Russia, handling 12 million passengers a year. In fact, a new terminal was added in 2013 to accommodate the high volume. Lappeenranta Airport, across the border in Finland, is also popularly used by those going to St. Petersburg. Finally, there are also three smaller-scale airports that specialize in cargo haulage in St. Petersburg’s suburban area. Sea freight enters the city through the port on Neva Bay (to the west), and major traffic continues up the Neva River to the north. St. Petersburg is a connection point for sea routes from the Volga River area to the Baltic Sea and from the Baltic to the White Sea.

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