With how big Russia is, a lot of people are confused as to whether it’s part of Europe or Asia.
It’s easy to see why this is the case. After all, parts of Russia are in Europe while some parts are in Asia. However, it’s important to note that geographically-speaking, Russia is more of an Asian nation because a bigger part of it is in Asia.
In fact, if majority of Russia is in Europe, Asia wouldn’t be the biggest continent in the world.
Yeap – it’s complicated.
Major Source of Confusion
A lot of people are confused because the capital of Russia, which is Moscow, is located in Europe. The nation is also a major player in the European political arena. As proof of this, the nation is a major part of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The political ties between Europe and Russia were strengthened in May of 2003 when the European Union and Russia reinforced their partnership because they feel that they share the same values and interests. With this, the EU-Russia Common Spaces were established by the President Vladimir Putin as he was an advocate of a partnership between the two entities.
This is not to say that the nation does not have partnerships with its Asian neighbors. It maintains strong ties with India as they are partners when it comes to relations regarding defense and strategies. India is also the biggest customer of the military equipment industry of Russia.
In addition, Russia is friendlies with China thanks to the Treaty of Friendship that they signed. They also helped establish the Trans-Siberian oil pipeline together with pipelines of gas coming from Siberia going to China. You can check this post out to see the details about the gas deal between Russian and China.
As far as the culture is concerned, Russians are more European than Asian. In fact, most Russians would say that they’re Europeans, not Asians.
Separating Two Continents – Europe and Asia
The eastern part of Russia is the one that’s considered to be a part of Asia. Roughly 75% of the nation’s territory is in this part. However, majority of the people is in the western part of Russia. Even if a bigger part of the nation is in Asia, majority of the population of the nation (77%) is in the western part of Russia which is its European part.
This western part is also called European Russia for obvious reasons. It’s also called Central Russia. With 27 people for every square kilometer as opposed to 2.5 people for every square kilometer in the Asian part, it’s easy to see why politically and culturally, Russia is more European than Asian.
To summarize, Russia is part of both Europe and Asia. As far as geography is concerned, it’s more Asian than European. But as far as politics and culture are concerned, it’s more European. This makes Russia a very unique nation.
You can expect a diverse nation filled with interesting people and cultural traditions. It helps that there are a lot of cool things to do in Russia and beautiful nature places to see.
Believe me, you won’t get bored while you are in Russia!