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Russian Women and Russia

If you have set your sights on dating Russian women, it’s likely you have been drawn to their look and attitude. So what exactly makes Russian women tick? Russia has a rich history that goes back hundreds of years – and understanding its culture will give you valuable insights into Russian women that can strengthen the bonds in your relationship.

Standards of beauty

Russian women are incredibly beautiful and fashionable. They are health conscious and take care of their bodies. Myths abound that Russian women are infinitely more attractive than other women and that they remain so well into old age. While they like to wear skirts and mini-skirts and may spend a lot of time putting on make-up and selecting the right clothing, when they are relaxing at home, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder.

A quality education system

The former Soviet Union maintained a quality school system that still exists in Russia today. Over 60% of Russians earn a college degree or higher and more than 90% of the Russian women you will meet online have a college degree. Russia’s rich literary tradition combined with the slow growth of portable technology is why many Russian women are avid readers. You’re much more likely to see Russians reading a book rather than text messaging on their cell phones.

Strong family values

Russian women see their futures as wives and mothers, more so than many Western women. The idea of raising a family with a loving husband is important to many women the world over, but the importance of family for Russian women is what makes them special. In Russian society women are expected to marry and have children, but this doesn’t mean they prefer to stay home with the kids all their life. In fact, combining a job with children is perfectly normal for Russian women, though family interests are their highest priority.

Russian laws support this dual role for women. Many companies are required to offer extensive maternity leave, sometimes up to 1.5 years; they must also provide up to two weeks of sick leave for women with ill children.

Russia today

Russia is a country in political, cultural and economic transition that coexists with the ideals of the past and desires to look forward to a better future. Women often struggle with the choice of getting a top-notch education and pursuing a career and the traditional family role that many seek. A single Russian woman is often stigmatized – if she is over 25 and still single, people think something is wrong with her. No amount of money or career success can give a Russian woman high social status if she is not married. So Russian women typically marry between the ages of 18-22.

Individualism is not a strong theme in Russian culture. Russians are very attached to their family members. Most dealings are through family, friends and acquaintances and family members are highly dependent on each other.

Russians are very proud of their country’s rich culture and traditions. Russians read a lot and have a high degree of general knowledge. They enjoy theatre, opera and ballet; those who live in large cities can attend regularly because tickets are affordable. Health care is free as is university education so long as one passes the entrance exams.

Daily life for many Russians is tough and it's probably why they don’t seem to smile a lot. It’s rare to see a smiling face on a bus or in the market – and foreigners often wonder about this. In some Western countries everyday life is based on a theme of "enjoy," while in Russia sometimes just “getting through the day” is a struggle.

Russia is a massive country with amazing natural beauty. The more you know about its history, society and culture, the more enriching experience you will have in meeting and getting to know Russian women on