Kazan (Russian: Каза́нь kah-ZAHN’, Tatar: Казан, Qazan) is the capital of Russia's republic of Tatarstan and the center of the world Tatar culture.
With a population of about 1.3 million (2011 census), a rich history, deep culture and strong economic influence, Kazan is one of the most visited and most important cities in Russia. The standard of living is also one of the highest in Russia, comparable to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Kazan has just recently earned the reputation of a sports city, due to its recent investments in this domain. Kazan organized the World Summer Universiade 2013 and was a host city for the FINA World Aquatics Sports Championship in 2015, Confederations Cup of 2017, and the FIFA World Cup in 2018 in Russia. Both the World Cup and Universiade events are enhancing the city's booming construction. In the last couple of years, sport venues have popped up in Tatar capital, together with residential buildings and offices. Many of Kazan's professional teams, such as Rubin (football) or Ak Bars (hockey), have been recent league champions.