Yoshkar-Ola is the capital of the Republic of Mari El in European Russia. The Mari El Republic is an ethnic Republic. According to WikiPedia the main two ethnic groups are Russians and the Mari people. The Mari people are a Finno-Ugric people. Their language is linked to Finnish and Hungarian. I was only in the city for 2 days but certainly it is evident that the people are Finnic. There seem to be two types; a blonde type and a darker, wiry type (in the majority). The people i met (mostly hotel and restaurant staff) were very kind and gentle. I would like to have spent more time here.