Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited
land area, spanning Eastern Europe and northern Asia Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania and Poland (via the Kaliningrad Oblast exclave on the Baltic coast), Belarus, and Ukraine to the west, Georgia
and Azerbaijan to the southwest, and Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea to the east and much of the south.
The Russian identity can be traced to the Middle Ages, with first eastern Slavic state known as Kievan Rus and its religion
rooted in Byzantine Christianity adopted from Constantinople. Majority of Russians are Orthodox Christians.
Russia's territory stretches over continents of Europe and Asia and has therefore many
different climate zones. From the subtropical Black sea coast to the Far Eastern regions including southern parts of Siberia,
there is mostly continental climate, with hot summers enabling outdoor swimming in rivers, lakes and hiking, and cold winters
with a lot of snow, a paradise for ski holidays.