With its area of 17,075,400 square kilometers, Russia is officially the largest country in the world, spread over as many as two continents, Europe and Asia. The capital of Russia is Moscow with 10.5 million inhabitants.
The name Russia comes from the ancient Russian people, the Varyagra group, who founded Kievan Russia. Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a federal state that stretches across vast expanses of Eastern Europe and northern Asia. Back in 1939, Winston Churchill said that Russia is a mystery wrapped in mystery within an enigma. Even today, many of his words are considered correct. If you didn’t know, Russia is seventh in the world in terms of population, and Russians pick mushrooms for fun.
Some interesting facts about Russia:
- Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage until 2011. It was only in 2011 that the then President Dmitry Medvedev signed the law according to which beer is an alcoholic beverage.
- The territory of Russia is flooded by the waters of 13 seas, namely: the Baltic, White, Barents, Kara, Sea of the Laptyev brothers, East Siberian, Chukotka, Bering, Okhotsk, Japan, Black, Caspian and Azov.
- Russia’s surface is slightly larger than the dwarf planet Pluto.
- The Ural mountain range, which divides Russia into European and Asian parts, is the oldest mountain range in the world.
- There are 221 museums, 2,000 libraries, more than 80 theaters, over 100 concert halls and a large number of cultural institutions in St. Petersburg.
- There is no word for “fun” or “privacy” in Russian.
- Petersburg is the northernmost city in the world with a population of over a million inhabitants.
- Russian is one of the 5 most widely spoken languages in the world.
- Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and the largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth.
- Extra wealthy residents of Moscow sometimes drive ambulances to avoid traffic jams.
- Russia has never had slaves. The feudal period in Russia lasted shorter than in England, so they did not manage to develop that habit.
- Russia makes the best vodka in the world.
- Moscow is a port of five seas. She made it thanks to the channels. The canal named Moscow, built in the period between 1933-1937. year (connects the Moscow River with the Volga), turned the Russian capital into a port of three seas: the White, Baltic and Caspian. The Volga-Don channel connects Moscow with two other seas: the Azov and the Black Seas.
- Up to nine million people travel daily on the Moscow subway.
- Moscow has more billionaires in the world.
- Before the trip, the Russians sit in silence for a few seconds.
- Petersburg is located on 101 islands. These islands are connected, in the narrower area of the city, by 363 bridges, and if the suburbs are taken into account, there are 578. This number does not include bridges on the territory of the company and railway bridges, as well as wooden bridges in parks and canals. If they were counted, the number of bridges would exceed 1000.
- The twenty richest Russians together have a fortune worth about 227 billion dollars.
- The Russian State Library is the largest in Europe and the second in the world, after the Library of Congress in the United States, located in Moscow, and was founded in 1862.
- The waiting time between two trains at the train station in Moscow in rush hour is less than 90 seconds, which is shorter than anywhere in the world.
- Yuri Gagarin was the first to enter Earth’s orbit.
- The total length of the Kremlin is 2235 meters.
- The shortest distance between Russia and America is 4 kilometers.
- Russia currently has about 600 universities.
- The Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow is 105 meters high and is the tallest Orthodox church in the world.
- In 2012, UNESCO included the city of Yekaterinburg on the list of twelve ideal cities to live in.
- 25% of forests are located in Siberia.
- According to the 2002 census, Russia is a multinational country with over 180 nationalities.
- Russia has given the world several excellent artists, scientists and writers, among whom the most prominent are: Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Lomonosov and so on.
- The Volga River is the longest river in Europe with its 3534 kilometers.
- The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest in the world. It connects two parts of the world, 12 districts and 87 cities with its length of 9288 kilometers of railway.
- Each ruler of the famous Romanov dynasty left his successor a larger state than he received from the previous heir.
- The city park in Moscow is much larger than the largest city gardens in the metropolis. Izmailovo Park covers an area of 15.35 square kilometers, which makes it six times larger than Central Park in New York.
is the capital and largest city of Russia with over 10 million inhabitants. According to the census of the GAWC group, the University of Loughborough (UK) is considered the “Alpha Global City”. It is located on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia. The biggest landmark of Russia is located in Moscow, the Moscow Kremlin, an ancient fortress today, the residence of the President of the Russian Federation.
Moscow is one of the largest urban economies in Europe, accounting for about 24% of Russia’s GDP. This city also has the lowest unemployment rate of only 1% compared to the national average of 7%. The average monthly salary is 41,600 rubles (1,070 euros), which is almost twice as much as the national average.
There are over 4000 libraries and as many as 60 state universities in Moscow, the most famous of which is Lomonoto University, founded in 1755. Near the city there is an atomic center and an institute for nuclear research. The underground metro has existed since 1935 and runs over 90 kilometers. Moscow is a port city that has as many as 5 airports: Sheremetyevo, Domodedevo, Vnukovo, Biyukovo and Ostafiev. The city is called a green city because of the amount of parks it owns. This city has 96 parks and 18 gardens that cover about 500 square kilometers. One of the largest open-air amphitheaters in Europe is located in the oldest park in Moscow. For sports fans, the good news is that Moscow has as many as 63 different stadiums for various sports.