You probably don’t think much goes on in Siberia. It’s synonymous with being cold and destitute, which is true; the average daily temperature in January in -13 degrees Fahrenheit. Regardless of how much you like snowboarding and skiing, there’s a good chance you’d pass on an offer to live there.

And, yes, despite what you may think, people live there. Not many, relatively speaking, but it has inhabitants.

Since the 17th century, Siberia is a part of Russia, after being used to send its exiled citizens there. What else do you do with 5.1 million square miles of open land?

It accounts for a whopping 77-percent of Russia’s land area but only 40 million people call it home. That’s the equivalent of the population of California, but here’s where the relativity comes in: The Golden State is only 163,600 square miles.

Thanks to the Trans-Siberian Railroad, there are a few different industries in the massive region, which employs the 27-percent of the Russian population that lives there. In West Siberia, there a ton of oilfields, they mine coal, and have iron, steel, machinery, and chemical plants.

In East Siberia, which is closest to Mongolia and China, they have several hydroelectric stations and coal, gold, graphite, iron ore, aluminum ore, zinc, and lead are mined in the area. They raise livestock there too. Aside from the whole -13 degrees thing, Siberia sounds pretty good, right? First of all – DOGS, it’s not overpopulated, the mountains of Siberia are breathtaking, there is plenty of industry, and you never know when you’re going to stumble across 54 severed hands lying around.

Wait, what?

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