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Interesting facts about Russia

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Interesting facts about Russia

Russia is indeed one of the world’s most intriguing countries with long and eventful history and impressive cultural legacy. So, visiting Russia may seem like a great adventure – just almost as unique as the country itself! It has a lot to offer for any explorer of any kind. Lying both in Europe and Asia, combining diverse cultures and lifestyles, varieties of routs and multiple must-see sights it offers an opportunity for a truly wonderful travel experience.

Here are some interesting facts about Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world – and is approximately 1.8 times the size of the US. Russia is almost as big as Pluto: 17 million square km compared to Pluto at 17.6 million square km.
Russia used to have 11 time zones which is more than any other country ever had, but this was culled in 2011 to “only” nine.

Russia has the longest railway line in the world. The Trans- Siberian Railroad connects Moscow to the Russia Far East.
Nine million commuters are said to ride the Moscow metro on daily basis. That’s more that London and New York combined
Russia’s pipelines could wrap around Earth about six times.

Russia shares a border with 14 countries including Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, China, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and North Korea. No other country has as many borders as Russia.
70% of Russia is Siberia.

Lake Baikal, located in south-central Siberia, is the world’s largest freshwater lake in terms of volume. It is also the deepest lake in the world. Its water is the most transparent of all freshwater lakes. In some areas you can see the bottom of it at a depth of 40 meters (130feet)!

Russia is home to the longest river in Europe – the Volga. It has more than 200 tributaries that, if counted with the main river, would add up to 357,000km (221,800 miles).

Russia has 12 active volcanoes. The Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano in Kamchatka had 50 major eruptions over the past 270 years.

The lowest point in Russia is the Caspian Sea – at 28 meters below sea level.
The highest point in Europe is also located in (surprise!)…Russia. Mount Elbrus stands at 5,642m (18,510 ft) above sea level.

It’s believed Russia has at least 15 secret cities with unknown names and hidden locations.

The coldest inhabited place on the planet also belongs to Russia. It is called Oymyakon and the average January temperatures here are -50C. The lowest temperature recorded at its weather station was -67,7°C on February 6, 1933. It is also known as the Pole of Cold.

Ice swimming is an old Russian tradition of many centuries of age. Ice-swimmers or “walruses” believe in the therapeutic effects of freezing water. They also believe that nothing is as good as open-water bathing in freezing mid-winter weather.

Russian is not the only official language in the country. In addition to the Russian there are 35 other languages recognized as official in various regions of Russia. Apart from that there are more than 100 minority languages spoken in Russia nowadays.

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