Russia: Did you know?                                              

  • Russia occupies an area about 1 and 4/5 of the size of the United States and occupies most of Eastern Europe and north Asia.

  • Russia stretches from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east.

  • It is bordered by Norway and Finland in the northwest. And by Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania in the west. And by Georgia and Azerbaijan in the southwest. And by Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and North Korea along the southern border.

  • The Russian federation is composed of 21 republics.

  • Russia is so large that it spans 11 time zones!

  • If you take the Trans-Siberian railroad from Moscow (in the west) to Vladivostok (in the east on the Pacific Coast), the 10,000 km trip will take six days.

  • At its easternmost point, Russia is only about 50 miles away from Alaska—across the Bering Strait!

  • Russia's main waterway, the Volga River, is the longest river in Europe at 3,700 km.

  • Like parts of Canada, Moscow often has snow until April!

  • Because of its location, Russia (like many other Nordic countries) experiences big swings in the length of daylight. In the summer, St. Petersburg has hardly any darkness at all, but in the winter, it has just five hours of sunlight each day!