Want to learn some interesting facts about the capital cities of the world? Take a read of these 18 interesting facts about Moscow!
- Moscow is the capital city of Russia.
- Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Moss-coe.
- The total land area of Moscow is 969 square miles (2,511 square kilometres)…
- …that’s roughly 1.5 times the size of Greater London.
- Moscow’s population was 12,166,000 (roughly the same as Norway and Switzerland combined!) in 2015…
- …that’s also 1.5 times the population of Greater London…
- …and gives it a population density of around 12,555 residents per square mile.
- Moscow is located 495 feet above sea level.
- Residents of Moscow are known as Moscovians, or Russians.
- Moscovians enjoy a hemiboreal climate with long, cold winters followed by warm summers and an average annual temperature of just 5.8°C – don’t forget your coat!
- Looking to fly yourself to Moscow? You’ll need the coordinates of 55.7558° N, 37.6173° E.
- Make sure you visit the Kremlin if you’re in Moscow; it’s the home of Russian politics and of course Vladimir Putin. This impressive complex was built in the late 1400’s and once housed Russian Tsars!
- Moscow might be a modern city, but it’s by no means new – it was first mentioned in 1147 when it was just a minor town!
- The official language of Moscow is Russian.
- Russian Ruble is the official currency here.
- According to Forbes, Moscow boasts 60 billionaires worth a combined net worth of $217.6 billion. The only cities with more billionaires are New York and Hong Kong with 70 and 68 respectively.
- Russia welcomed a whopping 32,421,000 tourists into the country in 2014, many of whom visited Moscow for its incredible mix of rich history and ultra-modern living.
- During the morning and evening rush hours you shouldn’t have to wait too long for a metro train – they can arrive every 90 seconds during peak times!
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