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The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world and incorporates regions of both Europe and Asia. Most Russian territory is located in a contiguous region of Europe and Asia, but the country also incorporates on exclave on the Baltic Sea, the Kalingrad Oblast, as well as many archipelagos and islands in both the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Russia shares land borders with Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mongolia, North Korea. Norway, the People's republic of China, and Ukraine, as well, through the Kalingrad Oblast, Lithuania and Poland. Russia has coastlines on the Arctic Ocean (including the Barents Sea, East Siberian Sea, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea and White Sea), the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, and the Pacific Ocean (including the Bering Sea, Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk).
As of 2006, Russia had a estimated population of 142,754,000. This represents a fall since the previous 2002 census, when the population was 145,274,019.
Approximately three quarters of the Russia's population live in urban areas, and the two largest cities are the capital, Moscow, and Saint Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) which have populations of about 10.3 million and 4.7 million respectively. Other important cities include, among others, Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Ufa, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg.
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