The Mari El Republic located in the
middle Volga River valley about 515 mi east of Moscow in
Central European Russia. The region is a rolling plain,
heavily forested with fir and pine. The population is mainly Russian (47%)
and Mari (43%), with a few other minorities.
The Mari have a native language and are
known for their wood and stone carving and embroidery.
The capital of the Republic, Yoshkar-Ola, is a relatively quiet, yet industrial city with reach
traditions and very hospitable people. Along with rich cultural diversity,
the area is also a home to numerous mineral springs used for medicinal
purposes at local spas. Local Lakes and Rivers are classed among the
cleanest in Europe offering great opportunities for rafting, kayaking,
hiking, sightseeing, fishing, and hunting activities. Other major towns in Mari El include Kozmodemyansk, Volzhshk, and Zvenigovo.
Here are some symbols of the Mari El Republic: