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Stereotypes about the regions of Russia. Infographics

One of the most common types of stereotypes – established images of a person, phenomenon or event based on previous social experience – concerns the customs and foundations of a particular country or nation. So, for many foreigners, Russia is still seen as a state in which you can meet a bear on the street, and vodka is certainly considered the favorite alcoholic drink of Russians.

The inhabitants of our country also have certain stereotypes about foreigners: Estonians are slow and inhibited, the Japanese mainly eat sushi, the Spaniards love bullfighting, the British all eat oatmeal for breakfast, and the Americans are overweight, because they eat exclusively fast food.

Russians have stereotypes not only about foreigners, but also about residents of different regions of the country. This is due to the fact that Russia is a huge multinational country with a rich culture. Therefore, even residents of neighboring regions may be associated by other Russians with certain things, habits, or phenomena. Such stereotypes, as a rule, are based on some facts, stories of others or observations of acquaintances from a given region, but this does not mean at all that the same can be said about the entire region or its inhabitants.

In 2016, a map of Russians’ stereotypes about Russians was published on the Web, based on search queries from Runet users. According to the map, in particular, the residents of St. Petersburg do not like Muscovites, Voronezh people gek, Tula people gag, Tatars do not marry Russians, and Chechens are afraid of Kalmyks.

There are other stereotypes about the inhabitants of various regions of the country. For example, many have heard about the good health of Siberians, carved palisades in Vologda and wheat fields in the Kuban. AiF.ru got acquainted with similar stereotypes widespread on the Web, and collected the most popular and curious of them.

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