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Country info: Russia

The inhabitants of Russia live in eleven different time zones, because the country stretches from Eastern Europe to Northern Asia. The Pacific lies in the east and the Sea of ​​Japan in the southeast. In the far east, only the Bering Strait - a strait in the northern Pacific - separates eastern Siberia from Alaska and the United States. In the west, Russia borders Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Belarus. The long southern border runs from Ukraine via Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China to North Korea.
In addition to the Russians, more than 100 different nationalities and peoples live widely spread across the large country.
The Russian economy has developed strongly, and the Russians are particularly strong in technologies for spaceships and modern materials, biotechnology and laser technology. The most important agricultural products are potatoes, cereals and cow's milk.
It is believed that the country name is derived from the word Rus. Rus denoted various medieval empires.

From Berlin to the capital Moscow it is - as the crow flies - 6438 km.


A moderate climate prevails in Russia. In the north of Siberia, on the other hand, the arctic climate causes extremely low temperatures. The situation on the Black Sea coast is very different, where it is often very hot. Only the south of the Far East is affected by heavy monsoon rains.
The lowest temperature was measured on the Soviet Antarctic station "Vostok" with -88.3 ° C.


Typical Russian dishes are borscht (a soup made from beetroot), piroschki (filled dumplings) and blini (filled pancakes).
Many foods, such as meat, fish, sausage and cheese are eaten with pleasure, but are hardly available. That is why most people eat mainly bread. Potatoes, carrots, beetroot and onions are some of the vegetables most likely to be offered.

Family and interpersonal

Since it is very difficult to get an apartment, young married couples in Russia often live with their parents for a long time. Families in cities often have only one child, whereas families in rural areas are usually larger. If both parents work, the grandparents look after the children.
The names: The patronymic corresponds to the first name of the father and also contains a property-indicating ending. Svetlana, the daughter of Ivan, is addressed as: Svetlana Ivanovna. Her brother Misha is addressed as Misha Ivanovich.


If the children are 7 years old, they must first attend primary school in Russia for 3 years. After that, they go to secondary school for at least 7 years.
When winter begins in September in some regions of the country, the school-age children of the Komi nomads go to boarding school by May. Their families then move to the taiga, where the animals can still find food.
On the other hand, young Evenks, members of a reindeer nomad people, attend a nomad school. They have their own culture and their own language.


Many Russians who live in the city also own a house in the countryside. The owners of these dachas spend their weekends and sometimes also their holidays there. Winter sports such as B. Ice skating, ice hockey and cross-country skiing are popular. Ballet has a great tradition in Russia. Numerous great dancers have been trained there. The world-famous Bolshoi Ballet later emerged from a ballet troupe founded in 1773.


The flag of Russia is derived from the Dutch flag. It was introduced by Tsar Peter the Great, who had studied shipbuilding in Holland. The white color stands for freedom, blue for the Mother of God and red for the power of the tsars.