Discover some fun facts about Russia and learn a little about the country. Enjoy our flag printables and a collection of colouring pages and printables featuring some of Russia's most famous landmarks, and some new map worksheets.
Red Square in Moscow
Fun Facts about Russia
- Russia is the world's largest country covering a seventh of the world's land. It extends so far that Vladivostok in the east is seven hours ahead of Moscow.
- The Urals Mountains range runs for 1600 miles from the Arctic Ocean to Kazakhstan, dividing the country between Europe and Asia.
- Steppes are grassless plains in Southern Russia and Ukraine were once home to the cossack horsemen.
- Russia has the most forests of any country. They are called taiga.
- In northern Siberia the tundra is a cold treeless area.
- Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest freshwater lake in the world and contains an amazing 20% of all the world's supply of drinkable water.
- Russia is rich in natural resources such as timber, natural gas and oil.
- Over 18,000 wild bears live in the wild Kamchatka region in the east! They are fond of eating salmon.
You can print this map, showing Russia's position within Europe, here
- The Rus came from the Baltic and created an empire called Kievan Rus in the 9th century. The name Rus is Norse for "men who row".
- By the 13th century, Moscow was a trading post which became the capital of Muscovy. Now Moscow, the capital of Russia, is a thriving metropolis of 11 million people. Visitors head for Red Square, which contains Lenin's Tomb, the Kremlin Palace and St Basil's Cathedral.
- From 1613 until 1919 Russia was ruled by the Romanovs. The leader was called the Tsar, from the Roman name Caesar.
- The Russian Revolution in 1917 replaced the aristocracy with a communist state. From 1919 -1991 Russia was part of the USSR.
- St Petersburg, named after Peter The Great who made the city his capital in 1712, contains many beautiful palaces.
- Tourists can experience Russian culture at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and the Hermitage museum, in the Winter Palace, in St Petersburg.
- There are many famous creative Russians such as authors Chekov, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy and composer Tchaikovsky, who wrote The Nutcracker Suite .
- Sochi, on the Black Sea, was the venue for the XXII Winter Olympics in 2014. It is the longest city in the world as it stretches for 145 kilometres along the coast.
- Russia will host the Fifa World Cup in 2018.
- Russians enjoy eating caviar or fish eggs, served on little pancakes called 'blini', topped with sour cream. It is very expensive.
- Borscht, a hearty soup made from beetroot, is very popular during the cold winter, although it was originally from the Ukraine.