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• Location: Northern Asia (the area west of the Urals is considered part of Europe), bordering the Arctic Ocean, between Europe and the North Pacific Ocean;
• Area: 17,098,242 km2;
• Border countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Latvia, Lithuania (Kaliningrad Oblast), Mongolia, Norway, Poland (Kaliningrad Oblast), Ukraine;
• Climate: ranges from steppes in the south through humid continental in much of European Russia; subarctic in Siberia to tundra climate in the polar north; winters vary from cool along Black Sea coast to frigid in Siberia; summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along Arctic coast;
• Terrain: broad plain with low hills west of Urals; vast coniferous forest and tundra in Siberia; uplands and mountains along southern border regions
• Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caspian Sea -28 m; highest point: Gora El'brus 5,633 m;
• Population: 138,739,892;
• Nationality: Russian(s);
• Ethnic groups: Russian 79.8%, Tatar 3.8%, Ukrainian 2%, Bashkir 1.2%, Chuvash 1.1%, other or unspecified 12.1%;
• Religions: Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2%;
• Languages: Russian (official), many minority languages;
• Government type: federation;
• Capital: Moscow;
• Administrative divisions: 46 provinces, 21 republics, 4 autonomous okrugs, 9 krays, 2 federal cities, and 1 autonomous oblast;
• National holiday: Russia Day, 12 June (1990);
• National anthem: "Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii";
• Currency: Ruble (RUB);
• Time zone: (UTC+3 to +12 (exc. +5)).

Top 10 Tourist Attractions:

1. Kremlin (Moscow);
2. Red Square (Moscow);
3. St. Basil’s Cathedral (Moscow);
4. The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood (St. Petersburg);
5. The Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg);
6. Mamayev Kurgan (Volgograd);
7. St. Isaac’s Cathedral (St. Petersburg);
8. The Bolshoi Theater (Moscow);
9. The Russian Museum (St. Petersburg);
10. Novgorod.

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