The long-awaited Geographical Dictation took place today. Sergei Shoigu congratulated everyone who takes part in the traditional international educational campaign of the Russian Geographical Society.
I am glad to welcome everyone to the next, eighth, Geographical Dictation!
The international educational campaign of the Russian Geographical Society has been held seven times in seven years. Almost 2.5 million people have tested their knowledge (by the way, an interesting fact is that there is about the same number of rivers in our country). This is very important, because nowadays the knowledge of geography and the history of the development of the Earth more relevant than ever. And attention to the geography of our country gives us a sense of a solid foundation, confidence in ourselves and our abilities.
Geography as a science has not stagnated. It continues to develop, no matter what. Over the past year, the Russian Geographical Society has conducted 14 federal and more than 200 regional scientific expeditions, and many discoveries have been made.
We rely on the past, are proud of the present, and believe in future discoveries.
The importance of the Dictation is difficult to overestimate. But let's have fun and take part in the event as a holiday, as an occasion to test and expand our knowledge. I hope that the Dictation’s questions will arouse a desire to share interesting facts with family and friends, so that next year the number of participants in the event will be at least equal to the number of square kilometers of our country.
President of the Russian Geographical Society Sergei Shoigu".