Comparing United States to Russia

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If you moved to Russia from the United States, you would:


MAKE 65.7% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Russia  RUSSIA ($18,100.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Russia, that number is $18,100.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Russia GDP

LIVE 9.4 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Russia  RUSSIA (70.16 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Russia, the average life expectancy is 70.16.
Category: United States vs. Russia life expectancy

CONSUME 40.2% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Russia  RUSSIA (7,286 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Russia, it is 7,286 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Russia electricity consumption

BE 66.7% MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Russia  RUSSIA (1% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Russia, that number is 1%.
Category: United States vs. Russia AIDS percentage

BE 14.7% MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Russia  RUSSIA (7.08 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Russia, on the other hand, there are a total of 7.08 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Russia infant mortality

BE 20.5% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Russia  RUSSIA (5.8% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Russia 5.8% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Russia unemployment rate

HAVE 11.5% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Russia  RUSSIA (11.87 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Russia, however, there are a total of 11.87 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Russia birth rate

BE 27.2% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Russia  RUSSIA (11% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Russia, 11% are.
Category: United States vs. Russia poverty

SEE A 89% INCREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Russia  RUSSIA (37,653km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Russia has a total of 37,653 km.
Category: United States vs. Russia coastline

At a Glance: Russia

  • Land Area: ~17 million sq km (United States is ~2 times smaller than Russia)
  • Population: ~142 million people (176 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Russia, "Cheers!" = "Na zdorovje!"

How big is Russia compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Russia (17,098,242 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Russia

Tipping:
  • For the most part, tipping is unnecessary
  • If you received exceptional service, you may tip around 10%
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO NOT discuss the USSR or politics with strangers
  • DO help the host clean up after a meal
Table Manners:
  • Never eat between sips of vodka
  • It is customary to leave a little bit of food on your plate
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when meeting someone new
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A brief history of Russia

Russia is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 17,098,242 sq km. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new ROMANOV Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).