All About Russia

Learn facts about the world's largest country

Jan 10, 2014 | By TIME For Kids Staff
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The Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia, will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

 

Official name: Russian Federation

Size: 6,601,668 square miles (17,098,242 square kilometers); the largest country in the world, and nearly double the size of the United States

Population:  142,500,482 as of 2013

Capital: Moscow

Official language: Russian. There are more than 100 other languages and dialects spoken.

Currency: Russian ruble (RUR)

Climate: Cold winters; mild summers; frigid in the Arctic regions

Products: Coal, gas, oil, chemicals, metals, timber, furs; vehicles, aircraft, weapons, machinery; beef, grain, beets

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