Learn some interesting information about Russia while enjoying a range of fun facts and trivia that's perfect for kids!
Read about the major cities in Russia, its borders, language, population, currency, natural resources, mountains, rivers, history and much more.
v The official name for Russia is the Russian Federation.
v Russia shares borders with many countries, including China, Ukraine, North Korea and Norway.
v In terms of land area, Russia is the largest country in the world.
v Russia is located across 9 time zones.
v At the beginning of 2013, Russia was estimated to have a population of around 143 million.
v Russian is the official language of Russia but there are many other languages used in various parts of the country.
v The capital and largest city in Russia is Moscow. Other major cities in Russia include Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk.
v Russians drive on the right-hand side of the road.
v The currency used in Russia is the rubble.
v Russia has a wide range of natural resources and is one of the world's largest producers of oil.
v The world's first satellite, named Sputnik, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957.
v The Soviet Union (USSR) was a socialist state that occupied much of northern Asia and eastern Europe from 1922 until it was dissolved in 1991. Former Soviet states include Lithuania, Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and others.
v The official residence of the Russian president is the Kremlin in Moscow. The name Kremlin means fortress.
v Russia is one of 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with the US, UK, China and France.
v Russia has over 40 national parks and 100 wildlife reserves.
v Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world. It reaches 1642 metres (5,387 feet) in depth and contains around 20% of the world's unfrozen fresh water.
v Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia (and Europe), it reaches a height of 5642 metres (18,510 feet).
v Russia's Volga River is the longest in Europe, with a length of around 3690 kilometres (2293 miles).
v Russia has the world's largest area of forests.
v Russia produces a large amount of renewable energy thanks to its well developed hydropower stations.
v Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Olympic Games.
v Basketball, ice hockey and football (soccer) are popular sports in Russia.