Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for novelists Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, plus the Bolshoi and Mariinsky ballet companies. St. Petersburg, founded by legendary Russian leader Peter the Great, features the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the Hermitage Museum’s art collection.

Capital: Moscow
Dialing code: +7
Currency: Russian rouble
Population: 143.5 million (2018) World Bank
President: Vladimir Putin
Prime minister: Dmitry Medvedev

Visitor Characteristics:
There has been steady growth in the number of visitors aged 45-54 over the past decade
70% of vacation visitors make repeat visits to the destination
Departing Russians are less likely than average to say they are either ‘very’ or ‘extremely likely’ to recommend the destination for a vacation or short-break

Popular Activities:
Visiting a museum
Visiting parks/gardens

Key Demographic and Economic Data:
Population (m): 142.3
GDP per capita (Int $): 18,408
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%): 4.1

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