Sochi

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Sochi (Russian: Сочи, pronounced [ˈsotɕɪ]) is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, situated just north of Russia's border with the de facto republic of Abkhazia whose status is disputed with the Republic of Georgia, on the Black Sea coast. Sochi is the largest Russian resort city.

It sprawls along the shores of the Black Sea and against the background of the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. At 145 km (90 mi), Greater Sochi claims to be the longest city in Europe.[7] As of the 2002 Census, it had a population of 328,809,[4] down from 336,514 recorded in the 1989 Census. In 2006, the population was estimated to be 395,012.[8]

The city has been selected to be the host of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games in 2014, as well as the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014 until at least 2020.[9][10]

Sochi enjoys a humid subtropical climate-Mediterranean-type,[11][12] with mild winters (average 11 °C (52 °F) during the day and 4 °C (39 °F) at night in the period from December to March) and comfortable summers (average 24 °C (75 °F) during the day and 16 °C (61 °F) at night period from May to October).

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