Interesting facts about Russia

Fun & 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.
  • It covers 1/7th of the total land of our planet and neighbors more countries than any other country on earth.
  • 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 art galleries, 62 movie theaters and 80 nightclubs in St. Petersburg alone.
  • Russia has some of the best art institutions in the world, like Bolshoi Theater and Pushkin Art Gallery in Moscow, and Mariinsky Theater and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
  • It is believed that Russian weapon brands are some of the most recognized in the world.
  • 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.
  • Do you know Russians adopted equal rights for men and women before the United States of America?
  • Russia boasts of the Urals, the oldest mountains in the world, and Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake and the largest reservoir of fresh water on earth.
  • Russia has the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources and is the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
  • Russia has the world's largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's fresh water.
  • Russia is so vast that it spans nine time zones.
  • Telecommunications, finances, construction and energy production are some sectors in the Russian economy that are growing rapidly.
  • As per the 1993 constitution, Russia has a democratic and federal government system, which stands divided into executive, legislative and judicial branches.
  • Russia houses more than 100 different ethnic groups, representing a multiplicity of national histories and cultures and distinct language groups, including Indo-European Slavic, Turkic, Finno-Ugric and others.
  • In terms of population, Russia is the ninth largest country in the world.
  • Russia is the only country with 12 seas on its territory.
  • There are 100 reserves and 35 national parks in Russia.
  • Turks and Muslims make up only 4-10% of the population. The others are made of Slavs and Russian Orthodox communities.
  • Russia is the first country to launch a man into space. His name was Yuri Gagarin.
  • Moscow is officially, the biggest city in Europe.

Russian people

  • Russian people are not used to trusting everything cheap.
  • Particular Russian feature is to sit up late in the kitchen and have  so-called "about-life" conversations.
  • Russian people avoid speaking about their jobs. 
  • The intelligency level is of Russian people is considered up to 99%. There are nearly 600 universities in the country and having a university degree is the main reason to be prompted for a good job offer. 
  • Many Russian people prefer to spend their holidays and free time in ther summer houses outside the cities which are called "dacha".
  • Any problem can be solved in Russia upon personal agreement.
  • Russian people strive to be a European nation as their belief that everything European is better than Russian is quite difficult to change.
  • Russian people like celebrations. They take a chance of every single reason to treat their colleagues - be it their birthday or a wedding, or a promotion within the company. Cakes, sweets, Russian sandwiches are always welcome! 
  • Hospitality plays a significant role in the Russian mentality and the Russian character, so once you make friends with Russian people you will surely value this amazing and unique feature of the so-called "Wide Russian soul".