Officially called the Russian Federation, Russia offers a myriad of options to every kind of tourist, be it cities enveloped in history, idyllic countryside or artistic riches, epic train rides etc. In this post, we look at some amazing facts of the country.
Covering an area of approximately 17,075,200 sq. km, Russia is considered the largest country in the world in terms of surface area. This is said to be an impressive one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. Due to this, Russia is also apparently the ninth most populous country having a population of about 140 million people (March 2016).
Called the ‘Galapagos of Russia’, Lake Baikal boasts of being the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume containing around 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water. At about 1700m, this lake is also the deepest lake in the world.
Russia has eleven time zones. It is the only country which has consecutive time zones ranging from UTC+02:00 to UTC+12:00. Since March 2011, daylight saving is not being used in Russia.
Russia is the sixth largest producer of renewable energy in the world. Being rich in fossil fuels leaves no requirement for the country to develop other renewable energy sources.
At present, the country has 48 national parks, together these parks cover approximately 155,672 square kilometres. The oldest national park of Russia include the Sochinsky and Losiny Ostrov which are there since 1983. The Samarskaya Luka has been since 1984, Mariy Chodra since 1985 and the Bashkiriya, Prielbrusye, Pribaykalsky, and Zabaykalsky have been since 1986.
The Trans-Siberian railroad spanning about 9,258km long – is the longest railroad in the world. The journey starts from Moscow and reaches Vladivostok in 7 days.
While packing for your trip to Russia, don’t forget to arrange a solution for international roaming charges. Several tourists forget to get a roaming solution to avoid international roaming charges and hence suffer bill shock. Therefore, in order to make cheap international calls from Russia, download any international roaming app.