The largest country on earth, Russia is truly its own. The landmass extends for over 17.1 million square kilometers, making it larger than the entire continent of Europe. It holds varied terrain, from tundra to sweeping forests, and subtropical beaches. The nation has coasts along both the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.
Home to 144 million people, it is the ninth most inhabited country in the world, while taking up one-eighth of the world’s total landmass. Just over 77% of Russian citizens live in the western region, belonging to Europe; East Russia remains less populated.
The history of Russia dates back to the existence of East Slavs, between 800-900 AD. Since then, control has waxed and waned. It has shifted from a socialistic society to a now, semi-presidential government, as the power of decision is split between a president and prime minister.
If you are planning to tour Russia, know that there are different regions, various languages spoken, and many customs observed. It can be seemingly overwhelming to organize a trip to such a massive country, but we promise, it will be worth your journey!