13 Interesting Facts About Russia
Russia, located in Eurasia (the combined continental landmass of Europe and Asia), is one of the most popular countries in the world. The official language is Russian but there are 27 other languages co-official in various regions throughout the country. Most people are aware of where Russia is located and what types of people live there, but there are many little known facts about this country and its culture that are really quite interesting.
Russia has the same surface area as Pluto.
Russia is the largest country in the world by area. It’s total area is 17,075,400 square kilometers and it covers more than a ninth of the Earth’s land area. The area of the land in Russia is 1.8 times larger than the total size of the United States.Pluto has 16.6 million mk2 surface area, almost like area of Russia.
Russia has nine contiguous time zones, more than any other country.
Russia used to have 11 time zones but cut it down to nine in 2010. "The less fractional division of the country will enable us to resolve a number of transport and communications issues, will increase its manageability and strengthen the position of Russia as an important chain in the world's global infrastructure," President Dmitry Medvedev said at the time.
Nine million commuters are said to ride the Moscow Metro every day. That's more than London and New York combined.
Moscow’s amazing metro system is the fastest means of transport. During rush hour, trains are scheduled for every 90 seconds. It is estimated that over 9 million passengers ride the Metro every day. The Metro of St. Petersburg is also the deepest subway in the world, clocking in at a whopping 100m deep. The Park Pobedy (Victory Park) station is probably the deepest of Moscow's subway system And Vykhino is the busiest station in the Moscow Metro.Also during the Second World War metro stations were used as air-raid shelter. 150 people were born there
It is home to the coldest inhabited place on the planet - Oymyakon.
The coldest inhabited place on Earth is a small village in the Siberian tundra called Oymyakon where temperatures have been recorded as low as -90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Average winter temperatures hang around -58 degrees Fahrenheit in Oymyakon and only about 500 people brave the cold to call the town home.
World’s Longest Railway
The Trans-Siberian Railway spans almost all the way across the county, making it the single longest railway in the world. The 9200 kilometer (or 5700 mile) railway departs in moscow (located in European Russia) and crosses into Asia. It then makes its way to the Pacific Ocean port of Vladivostok where it reaches the end of its incredible journey. The entire journey non-stop will take you 152 hours and 27 minutes to complete.
A dozen roses? No thanks! In Russia, men never give an even amount of flowers to a women. It is considered bad luck and is associated with funerals.
Second-Largest Oil Producer in the World
As of 2012, Russia is second largest producer of oil in the world, producing an average of 9,900,000 barrels of crude per day. Saudi Arabia landed the top position with 10,900,000 barrels per day, however, it is estimated that the US will surpass both Russa and Saudi Arabia by 2020 to become the world’s largest oil producer (the US is currently in third position).
Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia
In 2013 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic.Before that anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff.
Easter is one of the two most important holidays in Russia. Russian culture of old has mingled with more modern religious culture to create a hybrid of the two, which can be seen in the tradition of decorating eggs.
The Russian Easter egg tradition dates back to pre-Christian times when people saw eggs as fertility symbols and as devices of protection.
First man in space
Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.
There are 7 towns in the Golden Ring of Russia.
T he Golden Ring is a popular destination for Russian tourists: the towns in the region are ancient, and many were important centres in medieval Russia. Important poets, writers and musicians lived in one of these cities, located in the five oblast or regions of the Federal District of Central Russia: Ivanovo, Kostroma, Vladimir, Yaroslavl and the Moscow region.
Russian Tea Culture
Russian tea culture has a long and interesting history. Traditionally, the water for Russian tea was boiled in a "samovar"; now, however, most Russian homes will have electric kettles.
Real tea traditionalists drink their tea out of the saucer that goes under the teacup, rather than from the cup.
Russian Babushkas Are Real
One of the most popular stereotypes is that of the Russian babushka, a short, old granny with a scarf wrapped around her head. Turns out, babushkas are real—it's just what Russian children call their grandmothers.