Area: 6,591,027 square miles, the largest country on Earth
Languages: Russian is the official language.
Location: Russia is bordered by Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the North Pacific Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean.
Geography: Russia spans two continents, with the part west of the Urals considered to be in Europe while the rest of the country is in Asia.
Population (2007 estimate): 141,377,725
Russian Orthodox 85%, Muslim 13%, other 0.7%
Time zone: Russia spans numerous time zones. Moscow is eight hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is 2pm in Moscow. Russia does not use Daylight Saving Time.