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Russia: Really Part of Europe?

Most of Russia’s land lies in the East, but most of its people live in the West.

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Takeaways


  • About three-quarters of Russia's landmass lies on the Asian side of the Urals.
  • Russia's Asian population density is only 2.5 people per sq. kilometer.
  • Two of Russia's cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, account for 12% of Russia's total population.

1. About three-quarters of Russia’s landmass lies on the Asian side of the Urals.

2. In contrast, about 78% of Russia’s population lives on the European side.

3. In other words, the European part of Russia has three-fourths of the entire countries population — and one-fourth of the land area.

4. As a result, the population density of Russia’s two continental regions is vastly different.

5. European Russia has a population density of about 26 people per sq. kilometer — which is only about a tenth of Germany’s 229 people per sq. kilometer.

6. Meanwhile, Asian Russia’s population density is only 2.5 people per sq. kilometer. — one of the least densely populated regions on earth.

7. Two of European Russia’s cities, Moscow (12 million) and St. Petersburg (5 million), account for 12% of Russia’s total population of 143 million.

8. Moscow and St. Petersburg also play a significant role in the Russian economy, accounting for about 25% of the country’s GDP.

Source: RussiaPedia by Russian Times and analysis by The Globalist Research Center

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