Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Europe  :  Russia
Russia is a country extending over much of northern Eurasia (Europe and Asia together). It is a presidential republic comprising 83 federal subjects.

Russia shares land borders with the following countries (counterclockwise from northwest to southeast): Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (via Kaliningrad Oblast), Poland (via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than an eighth of the Earth’s land area; with 142 million people, it is the ninth largest by population. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, spanning 11 time zones and incorporating a great range of environments and landforms. Russia has the world's greatest reserves of mineral and energy resources, and is considered an energy superpower. It has the world's largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's unfrozen fresh water.

It has one of the world's fastest growing major economies and has the world's eighth largest GDP by nominal GDP or seventh largest by purchasing power parity with the eighth largest military budget. It is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states and possesses the world's largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. Russia is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G8, APEC and the SCO, and is a leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Source

Russia Facts

Population: 142 million

Capital: Moscow

Currency: Ruble

Area: 17,075,400 km2

Language: Russian

Main Religion: Christian

Calling Code: +7

Time Zone: GMT + 2/+ 12

Main Cities: Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhniy-Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Rostov-on-the Don, Samara, Saint-Petersburg, Oufa, Tcheliabinsk, Moscow