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General facts

Population: 143.7 million

Capital: Moscow

Official language: Russian

Currency: Ruble

Religion: Orthodox Christianity

Motto: No official Motto

National Anthem: Gosudarstvenny gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii

Interesting facts

  • Russia shares borders with many countries, including China, Ukraine, North Korea and Norway.
  • In Russia there are 9 million more women than men.
  • Russia has a wide range of natural resources and is one of the world’s largest producers of oil.
  • Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world. It reaches 1,642 metres (5,387 feet) in depth and contains around 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water.

More obscurely, did you know... 

  • Russia is bigger than Pluto!
  • Russia is located across 9 time zones.
  • The word ‘vodka’ derives from the Russian word ‘voda’ meaning ‘water’.

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