100 Interesting facts about Russia

 

1. Largest country all over the world. Total area is 17 mln. km(6 mln. mi2)

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2. Largest forest area. 8 mln km2 (45% of total area)

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3. Largest nuclear arsenal. 5200 warheads

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4. Most countries bordered. 14 (16 including Abkhazia and South Osetia)

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5. Largest total length of electrified railroads. 44 000 km

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6. The only country bathed by 12 seas

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7. Baikal lake the most deep in the world. Lake basin could be filed with water from biggest river (Volga, Dnepr, Don, Ural, Enissey, Ob, Gang, Orinoko, Amazone, Thames, Siene, Oder) during one year

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8. Ladoga lake is the biggest in Europe. It surface more than 17 600 
km2

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9. Ural mountains which divides Europe and Asia the oldest mountains in the world

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10. Trans-Siberian Railway more than 6000 km long and pass through 8 time zones

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11. Distance between Russia and USA just 4 km

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12. Moscow is the biggest city in Europe by population

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13. 20% of Russian population live in 13 cities

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14. Just 31 mln people live behind Ural mountains

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15. Khibinskie mountains is the highest mountains behind polar circle

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16. Russian astronaut Sergey Krikalev spend in space 803 days. In accordance with the principle of relativity he became from space 1/48 sec younger

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17. David Duchovny, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg, Natalie Portman, Milla Jovovich, Winona Ryder, Sean Penn and Whoppi Goldberg have Russian ancerstors

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18. The biggest number of visitors in MacDonalds 
(more than 10 000) were served in Moscow in 1990 when first MacDonalds was open

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19. Kuibyshev square in Samara the second square in Europe ranged by size. The first one Plac Defilad situated in Poland in Warszaw

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20. The biggest swamp in the world named Vasyuganskoe swamp placed in Russia

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21. Before Russian Revolution 1917 Russian families was one of the biggest in the world. In average it was 12-14 children. Nowadays it is just 1-2 children. That means today Russian families one of the smallest on planet

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22. Moscow one of the richest and expensive cities in the world. Average salary in Moscow 3 times bigger than in province

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23. In Moscow subway at more than 20 stations you can find prehistoric fossils like ammonits, nautilusis and other shell-fish shells in claddings

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24. Literacy rate 
in Russia 99%. There are 3 mln students and 567 universities and colleges

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25. Russian people assume they are not the most clever in the world but the most spirituality people

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26. There are more than 800 ice streams in Altai mountains

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27. Russia assumes as European country but 2/3 of Russia placed in Asia

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28. Russian population more than 140 mln. It is 9th position in the world and just 2% of planet population

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29. 81% of Russian population Russians

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30. First tea appear in Russia in 1638 when Mongolian khan Altyn send 60 kg tea in exchange for 100 zibeline fur

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31. Russians use father's name. For instance Petr Ivanovich Sidorov means Petr Sidorov Ivan's son

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32. The most nothern railroad situated in Russia. It connects Obskaya, Bovanenkovo and Karskaya

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33. Russian climate dramatically different. In winter time monthly average temperature in Sochi +5C and in Yakutia -61C

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34. Russian word Tsar appears from Roman Ceasar

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35. Statistics said that in Russia there are 1000 men per 1147 woman

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36. The most popular cinema style on TV is criminal drama

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37. In Russia there are 605 prisoners per 100 000 people. It is second place in the world. First place took USA with 710 prisoners per 100 000 people

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38. There are 10 time zones in Russia

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39. The most popular holidays in Russia - New year (January 1st), Woman day (March 8th), Labour day (May 1st) and Victory day (May 9th)

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40. Russians don't trust to cheap goods

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41. Russians like to put carpets on walls. It helps for noise attenuation

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42. Sushi very popular in Russia. You can find Japaneese restaurants everywere

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43. Russian people smile not very often because hate artificial smile. When Russian smile it is 100% real smile.

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44. Russian people prefer big cars and don't care about fuel consumption

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45. 100% houses in Russia have heating system. In winter time it is very warm in apartments

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46. The most popular sports in Russia are football, hockey and biathlon

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47. Lev Yashin the best goalkeeper of 20th century

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48. Yuri Gagarin the first human to journey into outer space

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49. The first artificial space satelite was launched by Soviet Union in 1957

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50. The oldes Russian city is Novgorod. It was founded in 859

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51. Nikita Khruschev was unofficial face of Pepsi-Cola. During United States National exhibition in 1959 in Moscow he drunk Pepsi-Cola at on of boothes. Next day photo with Nikita Chruschev drinking Pepsi was published in all major newspapers worlwide

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52. In 1984 Russian engineers made Laser manual gun for astronauts. It was developed to destroy optical systems because usual gun has blow-back which unacceptable in gravity free conditions

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53. Russia takes 3d place by quantity of scientists per 1 mln of population. It is 3493. Second place takes Norway - 4377. The first one has Sweden 5186

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54. 95% of clothes market are imported to Russia

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55. There are 85 areas in Russia (46 provinces, 22 republics, 9 areas, 3 federal cities, 3 autonomus regions, 1 autonomus province)

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56. 75% of faithfuls are orthodox (Greek church). It makes Russia the biggest country with orthodox population

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57. There are 1 mln soldiers in Russian army. It is 5th place in the world. First place tooks China with 2,2 mln soldiers

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58. There are 100 kopecks in 1 rouble

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59. 3d place by power generation. 44,9% produced on power stations, 19% hydro stations, 15% nuclear stations

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60. Russia has 63 sea ports

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61. Russian Northen Sea Route is the shortest way from Europe to Far East

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62. There are 232 airports in Russia. 46 international and 186 domestic

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63. In Russia more than 40 mln internet users. It is 10th place in the world

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64. Russian Academy of Science was founded in 1725

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65. Russians like to spit. Just have a look at Russian sidewalks

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66. 99% of Russian households electrified

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67. Moscow subway is the most rapid transport. Period between trains just 90 seconds

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68. Russians would like to be European nations. Because suppose that everything in Europe better than in Russia

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69. Hospitality is very important part of Russian mentality

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70. Russians like to drink beer with salty dried fish

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71. A lot of teenagers are smokers (33%). Russia took first place in the world

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72. Russians very superstitious

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73. People from province don't like Moscow

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74. In Russia oranges and bananas cheaper than cucumbers

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75. Russian people like to damn on everything Russian

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76. Standard vacation in Russia 28 days per year

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77. There is a sea cult in Russia. Everyone would like to spend vacation on sea cost

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78. Maternity leave in Russia lasts 3 years

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79. In Russia very popular to spend vacation abroad. The most famous countries are Turkey, Egypt,  Greece, Spain and Thailand

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80. In Russia  lot of advertisment everywhere. Some buildings fully covered with banners

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81. Russian nesting doll Matryoshka was developed at the end of 19th century. It was a Russian style recovery. Name of the doll derivative from Russian name Matryona. It was the most popular female name in 19th century. Matryona derivative from Mother (Mater) and it is Mother and children symbol

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82. Until 1867 Alyaska was a part of Russia

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83. In 2011 Russia entered into WTO after 18 years of negotiations

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84. Border between Russia and Kazakhstan is the longest land border in the world

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85. Petropavlovskiy cathedral is the highest cathedral in Russia. Height of bell tower is 122,5m (3787 ft)

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86. In Russia there are 10 policeman per 1000 people. It is 5 times bigger than in USA (2,7 per 1000)

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87. Vietnam is the one of the biggest buyer of Russian weapons

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88. Vivi lake is geographical center of Russia

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89. During 2002 Russian population count 43 000 people mentioned fake nationalities like gnomes, elfes, hobbits, marsians, jedis etc

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90. New Zealand Dunedin town is the most remote community from Moscow

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91. Russian law has article which bans to speak obscene words. Penalty charge for that $20

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92. Police appeared in Russia in 16th century. It was financed by citizens but not by government

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93. Today there are 11 Chernobyl style reactors in Russia. 3 units at Smolensk nuclear station, 4 units at Kursk nuclear station and 4 units at Leningrad (Saint-petersburg) nuclear station

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94. Russian rail roads consumes up to 6% of electrical power produced in Russia

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95. Ekaterinburg subway was pay off before start because of extraction of commercial minerals during construction

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96. Moscow Domodedovo airport is the first airport in Russia where airbus A-380 can landed

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97. There are 76 workers, peasants, soldiers and sailors statues placed at Revolution square subway station in Moscow

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98. The most safety subway in the world is Novosibirsk subway

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99. Moscow millionth inhabitant was born in 1897

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100. The biggest snowflakes in world history was detected in 1971 in Siberia in the city of Bratsk. Diameter was from 200 up to 300mm (7,8 - 11,8")

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100 Interesting facts about Russia

 

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