Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Russian Federation
  • At 6,592,800 square miles, Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one eight of Earth’s inhabited land area
  • Russia is also the 8th most populous nation in the world
  • The are 9 time zones represented in Russia
  • Russia has the world’s largest reserves of mineral and energy resources
  • Russia has the world’s largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world’s fresh water
  • Russia is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G8, G20, the Council of Europe, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Eurasian Economic Community, The OSCE, the WTO, and is the leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Russia is divided into 46 administrative provinces, 21 republics, 4 autonomous okrugs, 9 krays, 2 federal cities, and one autonomous oblast
  • Climate: ranges from steppes in the south through humid continental in much of Eureopean Russia; subarctic in Siberia to tundra climate in the polar north; winters vary from cool along Black Sea coast to frigid in Siberia; summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along the Arctic coast
  • Ethnic Groups: Russian 79.8%, Tatar 3.8%, Ukranian 2%, Bashkir 1.2%, Chuvash 1.1%
  • Languages: Russian (official), many minority languages
  • Religions: Russian Orthodox 18%, Muslim 13%, other 2%.  Percentages are estimates of practicing worshipers.  Russia has large populations of non-practicing believers and non-believers, a legacy of over seven decades of Soviet rule
  • Population: 138.08 million
  • The capital of Russia is Moscow
  •  Literacy rate: 99.4%
  • GDP per capita: $16, 736
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Federal Semi-Presidential

  • President: Vladamir Putin
  • Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev


Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 66.46 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 39 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 9.88 deaths/ 1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 4.309/1,000 population
  • Population with HIV/AIDS: 1%
  • Infectious disease degree of risk: intermediate
  • Food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea
  • Vectorborne disease: tickborne encephalitis, Japanese encephalitis
  • Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been identified in Russia
  • The Russian constitution guarantees free, universal health care for all citizens. However, free health care is partially restricted due to mandatory registration
  • Russian males have a low life expectancy of 62.77 years; due to a high mortality rate among working-age males from preventable causes
  • Due to the lasting effect of high casualties of World War II, the gender imbalance remains at 0.859 males to every female
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Health education in the field This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! […]


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