Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Russia: The Russian Federation

Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation, is a country in northern Eurasia.It is a federal semi-presidential republic. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait. At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area. Russia is also the world's ninth most populous nation with nearly 144 million people as of 2015.Extending across the entirety of northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans nine time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. It's capital and largest city is Moscow. The currency is Russian ruble (RUB).

Some interesting facts are:

1. Russia has a surface area of 17 million km2, compared with 16.6 million km2 for Pluto.

2. Russia's pipelines, including condensate, gas, liquid petroleum gas, oil water, and refined products, are 259,913 kilometers long. The earth meanwhile is 40,075 kilometers in circumference.

3. Russia has 695 tonnes of highly enriched uranium (HEU), the most of any country in the world. The U.S. has the world's second largest stockpile at 604 tonnes.

4. At 1,163 trillion cubic feet, Russia has the world's second largest natural gas reserves. An Olympic size swimming pool reportedly has a volume of 88,000 cubic feet.

5. The Park Pobedy (Victory Park) station is probably the deepest of Moscow's subway system, going 85 meters underground. And Vykhino is the busiest station in the Moscow Metro.

6. Russians drink 6.3 shots of liquor a week on average, compared with 3.3 in the U.S. But South Korea tops the list with 13.7 shots of liquor per week.

7. Russia's 20 richest people have a combined net worth of over $227 billion which is larger than Pakistan's GDP.

8. Russia's Lake Baikal holds one-fifth of the world's fresh water.

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