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Some Facts About Russia

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Post By : Rainrays At 2011-07-23 10:10:33

Facts About Russia
Russia is officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation, is a country in northern Eurasia. " And everything stopped quite rapidly because I knew that nobody in Europe was able to go to space. It was the privilege of being either American or Russian." by Philippe Perrin.

-> Official name: Russian Federation

-> Area : 17,075,200 sq km

-> Geographic coordinates:  60 00 N, 100 00 E

-> Capital : Moscow

-> Border countries of Russia : Azerbaijan 284 km, Belarus 959 km, China (southeast) 3,605 km, China (south) 40 km, Estonia 294 km, Finland 1,313 km, Georgia 723 km, Kazakhstan 6,846 km, North Korea 19 km, Latvia 217 km, Lithuania (Kaliningrad Oblast) 227 km, Mongolia 3,485 km, Norway 196 km, Poland (Kaliningrad Oblast) 206 km, Ukraine 1,576 km

-> Symbol  : A bear

-> Coastline : 37,653 km

-> Languages: Russian, many minority languages

-> Official Currency : Rubles

-> Religions :     Russian Orthodox 15%–20%
        Other Christian 2%
        Islam 10%–15% (2006 est.; includes practicing worshippers only)

-> Legal system: Based on civil law system; judicial review of legislative acts

-> Electricity : The electrical current in Russia is 220V AC.

-> Russian Government type: federation

-> Ethnic groups :  Russian 81.5%
        Tatar 3.8%
        Belarusian 0.8%
        Ukrainian 3%
        Chuvash 1.2%
        Bashkir 0.9%
        Moldavian 0.7%
        Other 8.1%

-> Time : Both Moscow and St. Petersburg are:
        +8 hours Eastern Standard Time (New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami, Boston)
        +10 hours Mountain Standard Time (Denver)
        +9 hours Central Standard Time (Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas)
        +11 hours Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle)

Tipping in Russia

Tipping in Russia :  In Russia Tips are common, but are usually smaller than in the US. For a good experience in a restaurant a 10% gratuity is considered a generous tip. On a group tour giving a tip to a guide and drivers -> If in a group there are 10 travelers, each can contribute from $2-3 for 8 hours of work by the guide -> If you booked one of our small group tours, the recommended amount for a tip is the same as on a private tour -> Where the tour guide and driver are c..


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