There are many interesting facts about Russia, which is a country that has land in both Europe and Asia.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the country:
In terms of geographical size, it is the largest in the world. The second largest country is Canada, which almost half the size.
The current currency of the country is the Russian ruble.
Unlike many European countries, Russia is not a member of the European Union. In my opinion, I believe that the country will never be part of the union as it enjoys having full discretion of its international policy.
Another interesting fact is that the country borders both European and Asian countries. Some of the countries that it borders are Norway, Finland, Georgia, China, and North Korea.
A random fact is that the country is part of nine time zones.
There are 143 million people living in the country, as of 2012. Most of the citizens have Russian roots, although some are from different countries. For instance, some Ukrainians live in the country (it is estimated that over 1% of the citizens are people from Ukraine).
As everyone should know by now, the current President of Russia is Vladimir Putin. He is an interesting person who has some expansionist beliefs. Vladimir Putin was President from May 7, 2000 to May 7, 2008, and became President again on May 7, 2012.
Another random fact is that the country has the most weapons of mass destruction.
The capital, Moscow, is the largest city of the country by population. In total, the capital has 11,514,300 people. By comparison, there is only one other city in the entire country that has more than two million people; Saint Petersburg has 5,227,567 people.
The last piece of information about Russia is that the country was the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Despite not medaling in men’s ice hockey, the Russian Olympic team won the most gold medals, with 13, and finished the Olympics with a total amount of 33 medals, which was the highest amount awarded to a country.
Alex Kane, “10 disturbing facts about Russia that will change the way you watch the Olympics,” Salon.com.
“Fun Russia Facts for Kids,” Science Kids.
“Russia,” Yahoo! Travel.