10 Amazing, Fun & Interesting Facts About Russia
Russia, officially known as Russian Federation is a country located at northern Eurasia. Russia is the largest country in the world and 9th most populous country in the world. Let us know some interesting facts about Russia
Interesting Facts About Russia
#1: Amazing Structures
- Russia houses ‘Tsar Kolokol’ bell which is the largest bell and has a height of 6.14m or 20ft, weighing 223 tons.
- This bell is in Kremlin, Moscow which is the world’s biggest medieval fortress to have been built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
#2: Massive Expanse!
- Russia is the largest country in terms of land area, in the world.
- In terms of population, it occupies the ninth position.
- The country covers 1/7th the land area of the world and hence spans across three time zones.
- The neighbours of Russia include China, Ukraine, Norway and North Korea.
#3: Lakes & Mountains
- The lakes of Russia contain one-fourth of the world’s fresh waters.
- Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest lake of the world.
- Lake Ladoga is the largest in Europe and spans 400km.
- There have been a spew of scientists, artists and writers from Russia. The elite include Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Aivazovsky and Vasnetsov, Gogol and Turgenev, Lomonosov and Karamzin.
#5: Lungs of Europe
- The World’s largest forest area is present in Russia.
- The country has over 40 national parks and 100 wildlife reserves.
- Owing to the fact that the country has the largest number of reserves, it is referred as the ‘Lungs of Europe’.
There are some interesting facts about Russia which we couldn’t categorize, here they are:
- Russian Federation is the official name of Russia.
- Though Russian is the official language, a wide variety of languages are spoken across the vast expanse of the country.
- The currency of Russia is called ‘Ruble’.
- The Soviet Union (USSR) was dissolved in 1991. Till then it had occupied much of Northern Asia and Eastern Europe from 1922. It was a socialist state till then. The states included Lithuania, Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and others.
- The Residence of the Russian President is in the Kremlin fortress, Moscow.
- Along with the United States, United Kingdom, China and France, the country is a permanent member in the United Nations Security Council.
#7: Space Endeavours
- The Soviet Union in 1957 launched the world’s first space sattelite, Sputnik.
- Russia also takes pride in having been the first to launch man to the moon, though the United States landed there first.
#8: St. Petersburg
- St. Petersburg was known as Petrograd from 1914 to 1924 and Leningrad from 1924 to 1991.
- The city has a 100 concert organizations, more than 80 theatres, 62 movie theatres, 45 art galleries, 221 museums, 80 night clubs and 2000 libraries.
- The city also hosts a hundred art and cultural festivals out of which, at least half of them are international events.
#9: Amazing Metro
- Moscow’s underground subway, Metro is extensively used. Atleast nine million people commute using the metro every day.
- An average of 9915 trains ply between morning 5 Am and 1Am late night.
#10: Awes of Russian Language
- There are some interesting facts about Russia related to their national Language, Russian: Russia’s language, does not include words for ‘a’ and ‘the’. It helps avoid the confusion as to when which article is to be used.
- Russian is also one of the five most spoken languages in the world.
- Cyrillic Alphabet is used by Russian instead of Latin’s.