The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has put Russia in the spotlight making it a great opportunity to learn more about the people and places around the globe. It’s an opportunity to look on a map, share with your kids and engage in conversation about largest country in the world.

Sochi, the city that is called the Russian Riviera is a resort city and flourishing vacation hot spot. Settled on the coast of the Black Sea, Sochi is also home to more than 300,000 residents.




Here’s 10 other Sochi Fun Facts:

1. Despite hosting the WINTER Olympics, Sochi is one of the only places in Russia with a subtropical climate (translation – mild winters).

2. This destination that most people have never heard of before will be on the global stage again in 2018 hosting the FIFA World Cup.

3. Though Sochi stretches along miles of the Black Sea, its shoreline is relatively rocky.

4. “Sochi” is a Japanese word meaning “son.”

5. Joseph Stalin made beachfront living popular in Russia by maintaining a vacation home in Sochi.

6. Sochi is about the size of Omaha, Nebraska.

7. The mountain cluster overlooking Sochi (Krasnaya Polyana) is known in Greek mythology as the place where Zeus shackled Prometheus for taking fire from the gods and giving it to humanity.

8. There are more than 250 spas in Sochi.

9. The highest peak on the nearby Caucasus Mountains is 18,510 feet.

10. The Sochi population is comprised of more than 100 different nationalities.

As you enjoy the winter Olympics, also enjoy knowing more about a new destination.