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Red Square with Vasilevsky descent in Moscow

Ten interesting facts about Russia

1. Russia covers one-seventh of the total land area of the world.

2. There are 2,000 libraries, 100 concert organizations, more than 80 theaters, 62 movie theaters, 45 art galleries, 221 museums, and 80 nightclubs in St. Petersburg alone.

3. St. Petersburg is the host of up to 100 cultural and art festivals annually, at least 50 of which are international events.

4. Contrary to what some people may think, it was Russia, not the US, who was the first nation to launch a man into space. (The USA was just the first nation to land a man on the moon.)

5. Ten percent of the income of the Russian government is from the sales of vodka.

6. One-fourth of the world’s fresh water is contained in the lakes of Russia.

7. Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the world’s highest active volcano at a height of 4,750 meters (15,584 feet), is found in Russia.

8. The country is referred to as the “Lungs of Europe” because it has the biggest forest reserves in the world.

9. The Tsar Kolokol bell, the largest bell in the world with a height of 6.14 meters (20 feet) and a weight of 223 tons, is inside the Kremlin of Moscow.

10. Women outnumber men in Russia by approximately 10 million.