Official English Name: Russian Federation
Official Local Name(s): Российская Федерация
Common English Name: Russia
Capital: Moscow

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Official Language(s)

Russian
Secondary Languages: Dolgang, German, Chechen, Tatar

Resources

Oil, Natural gas, Coal, Minerals, Rare earth elements, Timber

Neighbors

Norway (Northwest), Finland (Northwest), Estonia (West), Latvia (West), Lithuania (North), Poland (South), Ukraine (Southwest), Belarus (Southwest), Georgia (Southwest), Azerbaijan (Southwest), Kazakhstan (South), Mongolia (South), China (South), North Korea (Southeast)

Ethnic groups

Russian (77.7%), Tatar (3.7%), Ukrainian (1.4%), Bashkir (1.1%), Chuvash (1%)

People

Est. Population:

142355415

Demonym:

Russian

Religions:

Orthodox (54.7%)
Atheist (30.4%)
Muslim (10.0%)
Protestant (1.6%)
Indigenous (1.3%)

Largest City:

Moscow (12,179,144)

Other Cities:

Saint Petersburg (5,225,690)
Novosibirsk (1,584,138)
Yekaterinburg (1,444,439)
Nizhny Novgorod (1,266,871)
Kazan (1,216,965)

Geography

Region:

North Asia
Northeastern Europe

Bodies of Water:

Arctic Ocean (North)
Pacific Ocean (East)

Total Area:

17,098,242 km2 (95.8% land, 4.2% water)

Total Land:

22,407 km

Total Coastline:

37,653 km

Climate

European Russia
Humid continental
Asian Russia
Subarctic to tundra

Terrain:

European Russia
Broad plains
Low hills
Asian Russia
Forest and tundra in the north
Mountains in the south

Highest Point

Gora El’brus (5,633 m)

Lowest Point

Caspian Sea (-28 m)

Natural Disasters

Permafrost
Volcanic activity
Earthquakes
Flooding
Forest fires

Government

Type:

Semi-Presidential Federation

Heads of State:

President Vladimir Putin

Head of Government:

Premier Dmitriy Anatolyevich Medvedev

Admin. Divisions

46 Provinces
21 Republics
4 Autonomous okrugs
9 Krays
2 Federal cities
1 Autonomous oblast

Independence:

24 August 1991 (from Soviet Union)

Nat'l Symbol:

Bear

Nat'l Anthem:

Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$25,400 (USD)

Currency

₽ (Russian Ruble)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = ₽ (Russian Ruble)0

Communication

Internet Code

.ru

Telephone Code

7

Episodes Mentioned In

Episode 8 - Russia
Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

Cultural Notes

Humor in Russia is derived from the flexibility of the Russian language and is usually satirical of Russian culture.