Russia is the ninth most populous nation with 143 million people. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, spanning 9 time zones and incorporating a wide range of environments and landforms. Russia has the world’s largest reserves of mineral and energy resources. It has the world’s largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world’s fresh water.
At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi)
Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area.