Mordvins are divided linguistically and culturally into two groups: Erzyas and Mokshas. The separation of the Mordvin languages and at the same time cultures started in the 500s, and it is essential to see that Erzyas and Mokshas regard themselves as two different peoples.
There are a total of just over 800,000 Mordvins, and two thirds of them are Erzyans and one third Mokshas.
Mordvins have a republic of their own, the Republic of Mordovia, which is located close to the Mari El Republic. The total population of Mordovia is around 835,000, but around half of them are Russians. Mordvins account for around 40% of the population of the republic. Many Mordvins live outside their titular republic. The capital of the Republic of Mordovia is Saransk.
Mordovia’s key economic activities are agriculture and manufacturing industry.
Some of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football matches were played in Saransk.
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