Pop Quiz: Russia

Russia has been in the media spotlight a lot lately. Most recently, because they’re hosting this year’s Fifa World Cup. Russia is a massive country that spans 11 time zones and is home to a range of environments from permafrost in Siberia, to volcanoes and earthquakes on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Take our Russia population quiz to learn more!

1. In 2017 Russia’s population was 146.8 million. What is Russia’s population projected to be in 2050?

A. 144.8 million
B. 148.8 million
C. 158.8 million
D. 168.8 million

2. Russia ranks as the largest country in the world by land area.

A. True
B. False

3. As of 2017, Russia’s birth rate was 13/1000, and its death rate was 13/1000. If this continues, and we don’t consider immigration or emigration, what does this mean for Russia’s population?

A. Russia’s population will increase.
B. Russia’s population will decrease.
C. Russia’s population will remain the same.

4. What percent of Russia’s population lives in an urban area?

A. 54%
B. 74%
C. 84%
D. 94%

5. What is the life expectancy for a male in Russia?

A. 57 years
B. 66 years
C. 77 years
D. 86 years

6. What is the life expectancy for a female in Russia?

A. 57 years
B. 66 years
C. 77 years
D. 86 years

7. How many land neighbors does Russia have? In other words, how many countries share a border with Russia?

A. 5 land neighbors
B. 9 land neighbors
C. 12 land neighbors
D. 14 land neighbors

8. Lake Baikal is located in southern Siberia and is the world’s largest freshwater lake (by volume).

A. True
B. False

9. The first artificial Earth satellite was launched by Russia in 1957. What was it called?

A. Skylab
B. Sputnik
C. Kosmos 2251
D. Vanguard 1

10. Which sector accounts for most of Russia’s labor force?

A. Agriculture (such as farming, fishing, and forestry)
B. Industry (such as mining, manufacturing, energy production, and construction)
C. Services (such as government activities, communications, transportation, and finance)

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  1. A – In 2050 Russia’s population is projected to be 144.8 million.
  2. A – True. Russia is the largest country in the world by land area and is nearly twice as large as the United States (1.8 times the size of the U.S.).
  3. C – Russia’s population size will remain the same. Note that this only takes into account the rate of natural increase meaning births versus deaths and not any immigration or emigration.
  4. B – 74% of Russia’s population resides in urban areas.
  5. B – The life expectancy for male in Russia is 66 years.
  6. C – The life expectancy for a female in Russia is 77 years.
  7. D – Russia has 14 neighboring countries. They are: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, North Korea, and China.
  8. A – True. Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume. It contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined.
  9. B – Russia launched the first ever Earth Satellite called Sputnik.
  10. C – As of 2016, 63% of Russia’s labor force works in the service sector. Followed by 27.6% employed in the industry sector and 9.4% employed in the agriculture sector.