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15 Rip-Roaring Facts about Russia

If you’d like to impress your Russian friends with your local knowledge, take a look at these 15 interesting facts about Russia!

Geographical stats…

1.    Russia is absolutely massive

Russia is a huge country spanning both Europe and Asia!

It is bordered by Norway and Finland to the northwest, China and North Korea to the southeast, Mongolia and Kazakhstan to the south, Azerbaijan and Georgia to the southwest and Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland to the west.

To find yourself in the home of vodka, head for the coordinates  60.0000° N, 90.0000° E.

2.    No, seriously – Russia is SERIOUSLY massive!

The total land area of Russia is 6,592,850 square miles (17,075,400 square kilometres) – that’s more than 70 times the size of the UK!

Facts of Russia

Flag of Russia

3.    Russia is a record-breaker on size alone

Russia is the largest country in the world! In fact, Russia is so big that it’s actually larger than Pluto!

Due to being such a large country, the terrain here varies wildly, from broad plains, to forests, mountains and even Siberian tundra!

4.    Russia is surprisingly sparse

Russia’s population was 144.4 million in 2019 – that means despite its vast size, it only has a little more than twice the UK population!

5.    Russia’s citizens have a collective name

As you may already know (or have guessed), residents here are known as Russians.

6.    Moscow itself is pretty big!

The capital of Russia is Moscow; it covers an area of 970 square miles (2,511 square kilometres) and had a population of 12.2 million in 2015.

St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

7.    Russia has a bizarre climate

Russia’s climate ranges from humid continental to subarctic, depending on where you are in the country.

8.    Russia and America are closer than you think

Did you know that at the nearest point, Russia and USA are only 2.5 miles apart?

In fact, USA actually purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for the princely sum of $7.2 million! That’s right, $7.2 million in 1867!

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9.    Russia boasts record-breaking waters

Lake Baikal in Siberia is not only the world’s deepest lake at an incredible 5,314 feet deep, but also the world’s largest freshwater lake, covering 12,248 square miles… that’s almost 5 times the size of Devon!

10. Russia’s train connections are seriously lengthy

Russia is also home to the world’s longest railway line at an astonishing 5,772 miles long!

fun facts about Russia

Red Square, Moskva, Russia

Social intricacies

11. Russia has a unique currency

To purchase some crystal clear vodka whilst in Russia you’ll need to exchange some money for Russian Ruble, the official currency here.

12. Russia’s alcohol rules are pretty creative

Amazingly, until 2013 any alcoholic beverage under 10% proof sold in Russia wasn’t considered alcoholic!

Stolichnaya - Russian Standard Vodka

Stolichnaya – Russian Standard Vodka

13. Russian citizens live well into their seventh Decades

The average life span here is 72.66 years (2018).

Industry insights…

14. Russia provides a balance of food produce

Russia grows grain, sunflower seeds, vegetables and sugar beet; they also rear cattle.

Matryoshka dolls

Matryoshka dolls

15. We depend on Russia for all kinds of daily essentials

Its industry consists of mining and extractive industries, shipbuilding, machine building and road, rail and communications equipment.

Russia exports petroleum and petroleum products, wood, wood products, natural gas, metals and fur.

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