Interesting Facts of Russia
Everything about Russia is epic; it’s massive geographical size, extreme winters, and amazing literature are only a few of the things that make Russia so interesting.
Curious, strange and captivating, Russia is a country blessed many gifts, from historic capitals and idyllic countryside to artistic wealth, vast train rides, and vodka-fuelled nightlife. There much to learn about the world’s largest country, like Russia is so big that it spans 11 time zones across two continents (Europe and Asia) and has shores on three oceans (the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Arctic Ocean).
- 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.
- Lake Baikal contains about 20% of the world’s fresh water and is the deepest lake in the world. About 1,700 species of plants and animals live in the lake, two-thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world.
- The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for just US$7.2 million in 1867.
- In Russia, there are 9 million more Women than men.
- Russia (17m k2) is bigger than Pluto (16.6m km2).
- There was a “beard Tax” in Russia, during Peter the Great’s’ reign. Paid by anyone who had a beard and those that refused to pay were forced to shave.
- Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.
- A Russian woman in the 1700s gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets in just 40 years with the same man.
- 77% of Russia is made up of Siberia.
- The famous Trans-Siberian railway is the longest single railway in the world – running some 9,200km (5, 700 miles) from Moscow in European Russia to Vladivostok on the Pacific coast in Asia. The trip non-stop takes 152 hours and 27 minutes.
- Foxes are domesticated like dogs by Russian scientists since 1959.
- It is a criminal offense to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
- At its easternmost point, Russia is only about 50 miles from Alaska.
- The Russian Orthodox Church still uses the old Julian calendar. All of Russia used the Julian calendar until 1918, which is 12 days behind the Gregorian calendar used elsewhere in the world. As a result, the Russian Olympic Team arrived 12 days late to the 1908 Olympic Games held in London.
- The oldest plant ever to be regenerated has been grown in Russia from 32,000-year-old seeds.