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The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe. Countries in the Baltic Sea Region are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden.

Norway is a neighbouring country (next to Sweden) and Belarus and Ukraine have historical ties with the Region.

What do you know about Russia?

The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world.

In 1993 Natalya Polosmak, a Russian archaeologist, discovered the burial place of a woman who died in Siberia around 400 BC (two thousand four hundred years ago). Known as the Siberian Ice Maiden, the body had been preserved by permafrost.

St. Petersburg was built during the reign of Peter the Great. Two architectural splendours of St Petersburg are the Baroque style Winter Palace and the golden domed St. Isaac's Cathedral.

The USSR was formed in 1922. Members were Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Estonia (from WW2), Latvia (from WW2), Lithuania (from WW2) and Moldova (from WW2). The USSR was dissolved at the end of 1991.

Boris Pasternak, the author of Doctor Zhivago, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958.

The Hermitage, in St Petersburg, is one of the world's largest museums. The museum contains works of art from the Stone Age to the modern day.

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