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Saint Petersburg is a federal city and the second largest city in Russia with a population of 4,879,566. It is located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great on May 27, 1703, Saint Petersburg is the most Westernized city in Russia, as well as the nation's cultural capital. A large number of foreign consulates, international corporations, banks, and other businesses are located in Saint Petersburg.
- The city’s name was changed twice in the twentieth century, it first became Petrograd in 1914 and Leningrad in 1924 befor changing back to it original name in 1991 two months before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
- Saint Petersburg is one of three federal cities in Russia, along with Moscow and Sevastopol in the currently disputed Crimea peninsula.
- Saint Petersburg is also the name of an unincorporated community in Colorado, a city in Florida, and a town in Pennsylvania.