Interesting Facts about Russia

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Interesting Facts about Russia

Capital and largest city : Moscow
Official language and national language : Russian
Government : Federal dominant-party semi-presidential constitutional republic
• President : Vladimir Putin
• Prime Minister : Dmitry Medvedev
• Chairman of the Federation Council : Valentina Matviyenko
• Chairman of the State Duma : Vyacheslav Volodin
Legislature : Federal Assembly
• Upper house : Federation Council
• Lower house : State Duma
Currency : Russian ruble (RUB)
Time zone : UTC+2 to +12
Driving side : right
Calling code : +7

Interesting Facts about Russia :

#1 Russia is the world’s largest country by area. It covers 17 million sq km (6.6 million sq miles), accounting for more than one ninth of Earth’s terrestrial area.

#2 Russian is one of the five most spoken languages in the world. Russians use the Cryillic alphabet instead of the Latin alphabet.

#3 Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia.

#4 The total Russian population is estimated at 142,500,482.

#5 The land border of Russia is 20,241 kilometres long, the second longest of any country.

#6 Russia is the largest country in the world – and is approximately 1.8 times the size of the US.

#7 Russia has a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

#8 There are nine time zones across Russia. Russia is permanently on daylight savings time.

#9 Russia has a per capita income of about $14,000.

#10 Russia’s economy is the eighth largest in the world.

#11 Russia shares a border with 14 countries including Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, China, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and North Korea. No other country in the world has as many borders.

#12 Russia is almost as big as Pluto: 17 million sq km compared to Pluto at 17.6 million sq km.

#13 In 1908, the Russian Olympic team arrived in London 12 days late because it was still using the Julian calendar.

#14 Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957.

#15 Russia’s Lake Baikal is the deepest in the world and contains about 20% of the world’s unfrozen freshwater.

#16 One of the most interesting facts about Russia is that, at their closest point, Russia and the US are a mere 4km (2.5mi) apart. Big Diomede Island is a part of Russia while Little Diomede Island is a part of the American state of Alaska.

#17 The Trans- Siberian Railroad connects Moscow to the Russia Far East. It’s the longest railway line in the world.

#18 Russia is home to the oldest plant ever to be regenerated. It has been grown from 32,000-year-old seeds!

#19 The world’s most polluted city, Norilsk in Russia not only has a harsh climate with an average temperature of 15.5°F, but is so heavily polluted by heavy metals that it is economically feasible to mine the surface soil.

#20 Russian women really do walk around in 6-inch heels.

#21 St. Petersburg has three times as many bridges as Venice.

#22 Moscow has the 3rd busiest metro in the world.

#23 There are 46,812,553 million people between the ages of 16 and 49 that are fit for military service, and 22,304,718 million that are unfit for military service, principally because of health problems. Males are registered for the draft at 17.

#24 The dialling code for Russia is 007.

#25 Russia Day,a national holiday is June 12th.