The Russian Federation is one country. Although the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR) consisted of multiple countries, with Russia being the most dominant, this no longer is the case.Know More
Some of the countries that were once part of the USSR but are now sovereign states include Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Many citizens of these countries harbor ill will toward the Russian government because of the poor treatment they received during the communist years.
One of the reasons why the USSR was such a dominant force in the Olympics was because citizens of so many different countries competed under the USSR flag. Most countries separated from the USSR in the early 1990s when perestroika (rebuilding) and glasnost (openness) caused a revolution in Russia during which the communist system of government fell, and the different countries became their own sovereign states.
Though the Russian Federation is only one country, it is a vast country which takes up land on the Asian as well as the European continents. Because the country is so large, it has a lot of natural resources at its disposal. Some of these resources include petroleum, timber, natural gas, oil and fur.Learn More
The Balkans are usually characterized as the countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. However, Italy, Greece and Turkey also have significant populations on the Balkan Peninsula.Full Answer >
Eastern Europe includes the countries of Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. These countries are commonly grouped into the subregions of Eastern Europe, East Central Europe, the Baltics and the Balkans.Full Answer >
The British Isles are the group of islands including the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which includes the nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island. Many other islands also make up the British Isles.Full Answer >
The countries that make up Scandinavia are Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Finland and Iceland are sometimes included as well. Sweden, Norway and Finland are found on the actual Scandinavian peninsula in the north of Europe. Denmark is on a peninsula in the north of continental Europe, and Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic.Full Answer >