The currency difference between US and Russia?

Question by bethany: How big is the currency difference between US and Russia?
I plan on making a trip to Russia within the next couple of years and I was talking to an online Russian friend and he mentioned ‘the level of life is so much lower than America’ and to be honest I never really thought about that. I feel like an idiot for that not crossing my mind! Anyway i was wondering how big the difference is. Like 20 dollars here is what there? Or.. what is alot there? Any information on it really.

Best answer:

Answer by jellybeancounter
Firstly, I believe your friend was trying to say that the quality of life in Russia is far below the quality of life in the US.

I like using this site for currency rates: http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ As of now, 1 USD is equivalent to about 31 rubles.

What do you think? Answer below!

Comments

  1. sm says

    The level of life isn't just about the exchange rate.

    I've lived in Russia for a while and many people there live on a very small salary. I've seen many jobs advertised that paid between $ 300–600 a month in Russia.

    Utility bills and rent are usually cheap but many things are very expensive compared to Europe or the US. Clothes/electronic good and food can cost much more.

    Many people live a much simpler life and struggle to feed their family, things like cars and holidays are impossible for many Russians.

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