The lesser-known Republic of Mordovia, not to be confused with Moldova the country, is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Conveniently located close to Moscow, Mordovia offers an off-the-beaten-track experience that’s both accessible and rewarding. Home to the largest Finno-Ugric population in Russia, this friendly and laid-back region is rich in cultural heritage and natural beauty. Whether you’re a history buff, nature enthusiast, or just looking for a unique travel experience in Russia, Mordovia has something to offer for everyone.

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Quick overview
  • Population : about 800,000
  • Minorities : Moksha & Erzya (the Mordvins), Russians and some Tatars
  • Capital : Saransk
  • Religions : Christian Orthodoxy & Sunni Islam
  • Protected areas : Mordovia State Nature Reserve & Smolny National Park
  • Must try food : Bear Paw, Shurba soup, Pajankay/Kurgon pie
  • Best time to visit : all year round