10 facts you might not know about Russia
With the World Cup upon us, our thoughts turn to Russia. So, we’ve come up with a list of 10 things you might not know about Russia which we’re sure you’ll find fascinating.
If knowing useless facts – like where the largest McDonald’s is – is what makes you tick, read on. With these weird and wonderful Russia facts, you’ll be winning your local pub quiz in no time.
1. Largest country by area
Covering 17 million square km, which is more than a ninth of the Earth’s land area, Russia is the largest country in the world by area. – Woah, that is impressive!
2 – Largest Railway
Russia is home to Trans-Siberian, which is the world’s largest railway. Departing from Moscow and crossing into Asia the journey non-stop would take 152 hours and 27 minutes! – Would you be interested in doing this trip?
3. More women than men
There are around 11 million more women than men in Russia, that is 86 men for 100 women! The life expectancy for women is 75 yrs whereas men are expected to live to the age of 64 yrs.
4. Home to the coldest place on Earth
Oymyakon is located in Russia and is the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth! In February 1933 the weather station recorded a temperature of -68C. We thought England was cold…
5. Biggest McDonald’s in the world
If you’re a fan of the big golden M, you are in luck. Russia is home to the largest McDonald’s restaurant in the world and has over 700 seats!
6. Deepest lake in the world
Russia’s Lake Baikal is the deepest in the world and contains around 65 native fish species.
7. Top oil producer
Producing around 11 million barrels of oil per day, Russia is the top oil producer and has been on the top of the list for many years.
8. Not one but 11 time zones
Russia has 11 local time zones, which is almost the most in the world. France is only just ahead with 12 (which includes its overseas territories).
9. Russia shares borders with 14 countries
Russia shares borders with more countries than any other in the world including: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and North Korea.
10. Fastest train schedule
During rush hour in Moscow, trains are scheduled every 90 seconds. It is estimated that over 9 million passengers ride the metro everyday. And an extra fact the metro in St Petersburg is the deepest subway is the world.