ABOUT RUSSIA

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FACTS ABOUT RUSSIA

                     Official  Name:    Russian Federation

                           Population:    146 million (2014)

                                  Capital:    Moscow

                                      Area:    17,101,670 km²(largest country of the world):Bigger than Pluto

                  Major language:    Russian

                Minor languages:    English, Finnish, German, French.

                    Major religions:    Christianity, Islam, Buddism, Judaism

                  Life expectancy:    59 years (men), 73 years (women)

                     Monetary unit:    1 rouble = 100 kopecks

                 Internet domain:     ru, .su, .rf, .рф

International dialing code:     +7

                               Borders:     China, Japan, North Korea, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan,                                                            Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland,                                                              Finland and  Norway.

                         Time Zone:      Russia has 9 time zones

OTHER FACTS

  • Russia has a wide range of natural resources and is one of the world’s largest producers of oil.

  • The world’s first satellite, named Sputnik, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957.

  • The Soviet Union (USSR) was a socialist state that occupied much of Northern Asia and  Eastern Europe from 1922 until it was dissolved in 1991. Former Soviet states include Lithuania, Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and others.

  • The official residence of the Russian president is the Kremlin in Moscow. The name “Kremlin” means “fortress”.

  • Russia is one of 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with the US, UK, China and France.

  • Russia has over 40 national parks and 100 wildlife reserves.

  • Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world. It reaches 1642 metres (5,387 feet) in depth and contains around 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water.

  • Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia (and Europe), it reaches a height of 5642 metres (18,510 feet).

  • Russia’s Volga River is the longest in Europe, with a length of around 3690 kilometres (2293 miles).

  • Russia has the world’s largest area of forests.

  • Russia produces a large amount of renewable energy thanks to its well developed hydropower stations.