Russia is the world’s largest country at over 6.5 million square miles or 17 million square kilometers, but is ranked number 9 as far as population goes, with just over 140 million citizens, which is less than half the size of the United States and roughly 1 tenth the size of China. The country is a third larger than Canada and includes nine different time zones, more than any other country. So how big is Russia as far as land mass goes? Well, there is more area there than the surface of Pluto! With all this space, Russia has been given the chance to drill and mine valuable resources provided by the earth; these include coal, oil, timber, and most importantly natural gas. Their reserves of natural gas are so large in fact that an estimated 13.2 billion Olympic sized swimming pools can be filled with the substance.