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Travel Information for Russia
Time zone:GMT +2 to +12 (11 time zones: (+2 to +12))
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Main languages:Russian
Currency: Russian rubles (RUB)

1 = RUB0.00, $1 = RUB65.31, £1 = RUB86.86

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.ruInternational Dialling Code:    7

For help planning your trip to Russia including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Russia trip planning page.

Further information on Russia

Discover more about Russia - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of russia

Total area: 17,075,200 sq km (79,400 sq km under water)

Coastline: 37,653 km (Arctic Ocean, Barents Sea, Bering Sea, Caspian Sea, Chukchi Sea, East Siberian Sea, Gulf of Finland, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea, Pacific Ocean, Sea of Japan, Sea of Okhotsk)

Neighbours (border lengths): Azerbaijan (284km), Belarus (959km), China (3,645km), Estonia (290km), Finland (1,313km), Georgia (723km), Kazakhstan (6,846km), Latvia (292km), Lithuania (227km), Mongolia (3,441km), North Korea (18km), Norway (196km), Poland (432km), Ukraine (1,576km)

Highest mountain: Gora El'brus (5,633m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Russia from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 132/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 143/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 150/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 136/174
Overall Ranking:    157/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Russian Federation     Status: Independent Country

Population: 142,470,272 (rank: 9/196)     Density: 8.3 people/sq km (rank: 184/196)

Ethnic groups: Russian 79.8%, Tatar 3.8%, Ukrainian 2%, Bashkir 1.2%, Chuvash 1.1%, other or unspecified 12.1% (2002 census)

Religions: Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2% (2006 est.)

GDP (PPP): $2553 billion       GDP per capita: $18,100 (rank: 59/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.