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what are some facts about russia?

Im doing a report about russia and i need to know some facts please help me!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The moment someone mentioned Russia, the names that used to come in mind were Moscow, St. Petersburg and Murmansk. These cities epitomized Russia for most of the people around the world and remained the focus of tourist attention. However, with the disintegration of the Soviet Union, people have started to look beyond these three cities and started exploring the country on a much wider basis. The largest country in the world, Russia encompasses so many attractions, right from freshwater lakes, soaring mountains rivers and forests to beautiful monuments, rich wildlife and awe inspiring volcanoes, within its precincts. In this article, we have listed a number of fun and interesting facts about Russia.

    Interesting Facts about Russia

    * The official name of Russia is the Russian Federation.

    * Russian Federation came into being after former Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, into 15 separate geopolitical entities.

    * Russia is the largest country in the world, stretching over an area of 17.1 million square kilometer.

    * Russia is a transcontinental country, extending halfway around the northern hemisphere and covering much of eastern and north-eastern Europe and the whole of northern Asia.

    * The official language of Russia is Russian and the country’s main religion is Russian Orthodoxy.

    * There are 221 museums, 2,000 libraries, more than 80 theaters, 100 concert organizations, 45 galleries, 62 cinemas and 80 club establishments of culture in St Petersburg.

    * St Petersburg plays host to as many as 100 cultural and art festivals every year, including 50 international ones.

    * Ladoga Lake of Russia claims the distinction of being the largest lake in Europe. It spreads over 18 400 sq km and is around 51 m deep.

    * Russia is rich in natural resources, especially oil, natural gas and timber.

    * The administrative divisions in Russia include 21 autonomous republics, 49 oblasts or provinces, six territories (kray), 10 autonomous regions (okrug) and one autonomous oblast.

    * As per the 1993 constitution, Russia has a democratic and federal government system, which stands divided into executive, legislative and judicial branches.

    * In terms of population, Russia is the ninth largest country in the world.

    * Russia is the only State with 12 seas on its territory.

    * There are 100 reserves and 35 national parks in Russia.

    These two other sites are lengthy but have useful information. I hope this helps you!:D

    http://www.travelallrussia.com/facts-about-russia/

    http://www.worldinfozone.com/facts.php?country=Rus...

    The second link is similar

  • 6 years ago

    Russian is also one of the five most spoken languages in the world.

    Cyrillic Alphabet is used by Russian instead of Latin’s.

    The neighbors of Russia include China, Ukraine, Norway and North Korea.

    The lakes of Russia contain one-fourth of the world’s fresh waters.

    The country has over 40 national parks and 100 wildlife reserves.

    Russia is the second biggest oil exporter in the world.

    The Trans-Siberian Railway (connecting Moscow and Vladivostok) is the longest railway in the world.

    The world’s largest bell, the Tsar Kolokol bell, can be found at the Kremlin.

    Vodka was introduced in Russia in the period from 1448 to 1474.

    The Soviet Union in 1957 launched the world’s first space satellite, Sputnik.

    Russia also takes pride in having been the first to launch man to the moon, though the United States landed there first.

    The USSR built, and Russia still maintains, a doomsday device capable of bypassing all standard protocols to launch their entire nuclear arsenal.

    There are over 500,000 alcohol-related deaths in Russia every year.

    Bears in Russia are addicted to jet fuel, and sniff it to get high and pass out.

    Moscow metro is the fastest means of transport, trains are scheduled for every 90 seconds in a rush hour.

  • manzer
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    4 years ago

    Dart/ I hate human beings telling the toddlers there is no Father Christmas or the Easter Bunny. Be little greater romantic! And to Bob humorous tale. Do you spot some connection? Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashvili (Stalin). and what's the call of the different one? Mikheil Saakashvili. Hmmm yet another Generalissimo in waiting? So, sufficient of the unusual. Russia is in basic terms ideal. Take my observe for it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Location:

    Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, bordering the Arctic Ocean, between Europe and the North Pacific Ocean. Largest country in the world in terms of area; Mount Elbrus is Europe's tallest peak in Europe.

    Geographic coordinates:

    60 00 N, 100 00 E

    Area:

    total: 17,075,200 sq km

    water: 79,400 sq km

    land: 16,995,800 sq km

    Land boundaries:

    total: 19,990 km

    border countries: Azerbaijan 284 km, Belarus 959 km, China (southeast) 3,605 km, China (south) 40 km, Estonia 294 km, Finland 1,313 km, Georgia 723 km, Kazakhstan 6,846 km, North Korea 19 km, Latvia 217 km, Lithuania (Kaliningrad Oblast) 227 km, Mongolia 3,485 km, Norway 196 km, Poland (Kaliningrad Oblast) 206 km, Ukraine 1,576 km

    Coastline:

    37,653 km

    Climate:

    ranges from humid continental in much of European Russia through steppes in the south; subarctic in Siberia to tundra climate in the polar north; winters vary from cool along Black Sea coast to frigid in Siberia; summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along Arctic coast.

    Terrain:

    broad plain with low hills west of Urals; vast coniferous forest and tundra in Siberia; uplands and mountains along southern border regions.

    Elevation extremes:

    lowest point: Caspian Sea -28 m

    highest point: Elbrus mountain 5,633 m

    Natural resources:

    wide natural resource base including major deposits of oil, natural gas, coal, and many strategic minerals, timber.

    People in Russia

    Population: 144,978,573 (July 2002 est.)

    Ethnic groups: Russian 81.5%, Tatar 3.8%, Ukrainian 3%, Chuvash 1.2%, Bashkir 0.9%, Belarusian 0.8%, Moldavian 0.7%, other 8.1%

    Religions: Russian Orthodox, Muslim, other.

    Languages: Russian, other.

    Russian Government type:

    federation

    Capital:

    Moscow

    Administrative divisions:

    49 oblasts (, 21 republics* , 10 autonomous okrugs, 6 krays, 2 federal cities , and 1 autonomous oblast)

    National holiday:

    Russia Day, 12 June (1990)

    Constitution:

    adopted 12 December 1993

    Legal system:

    based on civil law system; judicial review of legislative acts

    Flag description:

    three equal horizontal bands of white (top), blue, and red

    National Emblem:

    double eagle

    Symbol:

    a bear

    Economy - overview:

    Russia is struggling to establish a modern market economy, modernize its industrial base, and maintain strong economic growth.

    Ports and harbors:

    Aleksandrovsk-Sakhalinsky, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, De-Kastri, Indigirskiy, Kaliningrad, Kandalaksha, Kazan, Khabarovsk, Kholmsk, Krasnoyarsk, Lazarev, Mago, Mezen', Moscow, Murmansk, Nakhodka, Nevelsk, Novorossiysk, Onega, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Rostov, Shakhtersk, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Taganrog, Tuapse, Uglegorsk, Vanino, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Vostochniy, Vyborg

    Airports:

    2,743 in total (2001)

    Places of tourist and cultural interest:

    Moscow, Saint Petersburg and suburbs, Golden Ring cities, main centers on Volga river, Black Sea and Caucasus mountains resorts...

    General Facts About Russia:

    Geography. Russia is the largest country in the world, covering 17.1 million square kilometre. Extending nearly halfway around the northern hemisphere and covering much of eastern and north-eastern Europe as well as the whole of northern Asia, Russia has a maximum east-west extent, along the Arctic Circle, of some 7,700 kilometers and a north-south width of 2,011 to 2,976 kilometers. Russia has an enormous variety of landforms and landscapes. Arctic deserts lie in the extreme north, giving way southward to the tundra and then to the forest zones, which cover about half of the country and give it much of its character. South of the forest zone lies the wooded steppe and steppe, beyond which are small sections of semidesert along the northern shore of the Caspian Sea. Much of the federation lies in latitudes where the winter cold is intense and there are many rivers, lakes, and swamps, which are freeze in winter.

    Climate. Owing to its vast size and the fact that most of Russian's territory is far removed from any ocean, the climate throughout the country is extremely continental, with distinct periods of warm and cold weather. The continentality of Russia's climate increases as one travels east, with average temperature differences between the warmest (July) and coldest (January) periods in Eastern Siberia, for example, varying as much as 65 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit). There is, however, much variation in climate based on latitude and physical geography. Temperatures for Moscow and St. Petersburg range from highs of 32 C in the summer to low - 25 C in winter

    Population. Of a population of about 145.5 million, nearly 80% are concentrated in Western Russia. Moscow, the largest city in Europe, has a population of 11 million people, and St. Petersburg (former Leningrad) has 5 million inhabitants. Around two-thirds of the population now live in cities. The population size is currently on the decline. Pensioners constitute 23% of the population a

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