Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1676 times:
Around this New Year Finland had a boom of Russian tourists, according to a Finnish paper around 80,000 Russians arrived. They visited ski centers, spas and did shopping - a Russian tourist said in the paper that Moscow has become so expensive that it makes sense to travel to Finland where expensive brands cost less and you don't need to worry for fake copies.
Paper said that now also the Russian middle class travels.
When I was a young boy in 1980s our class was asked to keep company for a group of teens from Soviet Estonia. I think it was very exiting for both sides, though our new Estonian friends from behind the iron curtain were not that interested in the 'Cultural Exhange Program', they were more interested in things like shopping centers and hamburgers. And we Finns didn't mind at all.
That time Estonians could watch Finnish tv, though Soviet Union tried to stop that, western tv series like Dallas must had been as popular in Tallinn as they were in Helsinki
How different the world was 25y ago...
Aeroflot777 From Austria, joined Mar 2004, 3356 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1556 times:
Yes, the middle class is definitely out there now. Moscow is extremely expensive. To the point where it's just unbelievable. Most families are now able to travel on vacation. Europe, Asia, UAE, Egypt... places like that have seen a huge boom in Russian travelers.
Nost of my family does a great deal of their shopping outside the Russian border. Walking around downtown Moscow and just going into some of the stores is a mind blowing experience.