At the height of Imperial rule,
Russia occupied more than 1/6 of all the land surface of the earth. Today it
is still significantly large, almost 1/6th.
Approximately twice the size of
the United States.
It spans 17 million sq. kilometers
(6000 miles east to west and 3000 miles north to south---9
Lies on two continents, Europe
Largest country in the world in
terms of land, but most of the land is unusable for agricultural or development
purposes because of permafrost and lack of proper soil and climate.
There are approximately 143 million
people (click here for more information on Russian
There are more deaths than births.
The population is shrinking.
Male life expectancy is only 63
years old for men, but 75 years old for women.
The literacy rate is 99.7 among all adults over 15.