10 Interesting facts about Russia and the Russian language

For anyone interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Russia and the Russian language, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. Russia is the largest country worldwide and has a population of about 143 million people.  It has borders with China, Mongolia, North Korea, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Norway.  Maritime borders include Alaska, Japan and others across the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.
  • 2. There are almost 300 million speakers of Russian (native and used as a second language).  Besides Russia, it’s an official language in the countries of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria as well as a recognized language in Azerbaijan, China, Romania, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Finland and the US.  Other areas include Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Albania, Germany, Cuba, Israel and Mongolia.
  • 3. Besides Russian, there are 160 ethnic groups speaking about 100 different languages in Russia.  This includes 5.3 million people speaking Tatar, ~2 million speaking Ukrainian as well as others depending on their proximity to neighboring countries, such as Korean, Chinese, Belarusian, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian and more.
  • 4. The currency used is the Russian Ruble (RUB).
  • 5. Has the world’s largest forest reserves and is known as the “lungs of Europe”, second only to the Amazon for the amount oxygen or O2 produced.
  • 6. Russia is home to thousands of lakes and rivers, making up ~25% of the world’s liquid fresh water.  Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest, oldest fresh water lake and alone contains ~20% of the world’s fresh surface water.  Some of the major rivers include Volga, Ob, Yenisey, Lena and Amur.
  • 7. Some well-known writers have come from Russia including Pushkin, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and many others.
  • 8. The cuisine in Russia includes a variety of soups (cold and hot), your meat and fish dishes as well as different types of pies or small stuffed buns with stuffing’s of cooked onion, mushroom, meet, rice and other ingredients.  Popular soups are Okroshka (cold soup with vegetables and Kvass), Shchi (hot cabbage soup with meat, carrots, basil, onions, celery, dill, garlic and more), Ukha (a warm fish soup) and Solyanka (hot soup with more of a tomato base with olives, capers, lemons and meat or fish as appropriate).
  • 9. The beverages available include Medovukha (similar to Mead), vodka from grain or potatoes and flavors ranging from horseradish and hot pepper to berries and fruits, different types of beer and various wines depending on the region you’re in.
  • 10. There are about 23 million tourists or visitors to Russia per year, some of the main attractions include the Trans-Siberian Railway, the cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Kazan for various Tatar cultures, the Black Sea coast, Lake Baikal, the mountains of Northern Caucasus and others.

Have your own networks with others in Russia

If you regularly share content or work with people in Russia, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Russian, Ukrainian, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Latvian, Estonian, Finnish and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Russia, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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