Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Z" is for Zones

O.K.- here we are....The last letter of the alphabet! I was searching for some facts about Russia just to tie everything together for you and came across this fun bit of trivia- The earth has 24 time zones. Russia is so vast that it covers 11 of the 24! Can you imagine living in a place so diverse and huge that if it was 12:00 noon in Pskov, it's 10:00pm on the eastern edge? Here are some more fun facts:

1. Russia covers about 1/8 of all the land on Earth (6.63 million sq. miles)
2. Capital city: Moscow, population 11 million
3. Population of Russia: 145.5 million
4. Religion: 59% Russian Orthodox, 36% Muslim, 3% non-Orthodox Christian, 1% Jewish
5. Education: Free to all citizens, children must attend for 11 years (age 6-17)
6. Highest point: Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountain Range at 18,510 feet
7. Lowest point: Coast of the Caspian Sea, 92 feet below sea level
8. Holidays: New Year's Day (January 1 and 14) Russian Orthodox Christmas (January 7) Soldier's Day (February 23) Women's Day (March 8) Labor Day (May 1-2) Victory Day (May 9) Independence Day (June 12) Constitution Day (December 12)

And now for some weird facts:
I hope you enjoyed the alphabet, it was a fun way to pass a month for me! Now back to real blog life. Talk to you soon!

1 comment:

  1. the alphabet was cool--and so many great facts about Russia.
    Can't wait to see what you come up with next.