Russia is the largest country in the world in land area, with 6.59 million square miles (17 million sq km).
Russia covers more than a ninth of the Earth’s land area, and is also the ninth most populous nation in the world with 142 million people.
Spanning 9 time zones and with a wide range of environments and landforms, Russia has the largest reserves of mineral and energy resources in the world, and is also the world’s largest energy superpower.
Russia has the largest forest reserves in the world and its lakes contain about one-quarter of the earth’s fresh water.
The next largest countries in land area, in order, are Canada (3.83 million square miles), China (3.69 the (3.68 million square miles), and Brazil (3.28 million square miles).