Baltic States + Russia: Russia has a surface area of 17 million square kilometers; even after the Soviet Union fell apart it is the biggest land in the world. Russia stretches across the continents of Europe and Asia. Russia spans eleven time zones. Russia knows four types of landscapes: the tundra, taiga, steppe and a landscape like a desert. The low Ural Mountains that run from north to south split Russia into two unequal parts. The most people live in the smaller part on the west side of the Urals, where you find the best agricultural land. The larger part, east of the Urals, is usually referred to as Siberia. Siberia is rich in natural resources; yet the area remains a wilderness of dense forests crossed by lots of rivers. In addition, Siberia is covered with ice during the majority of the year.
The surface area of Estonia is 45.226 square kilometers, Latvia is 64.589 square kilometers and Lithuania is 65.200 square kilometers. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are predominantly flat lands with vast lake areas, countless rivers and streams, swamps and extensive forests. The highest mountain of the Baltic States is located in the south east of Estonia, Suur Munamagi, with a height of 318 meters. Off the coast of Estonia lies around 1500 islands; these islands make up about ten percent of the territory of Estonia. The islands and rock formations are the place for seals because they offer protection and food.