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Belarus

Facts and stats about Belarus

Edsel.G

Author: Edsel.G

Belarus is a landlocked country located in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by several countries, including Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine. Until the 20th century, Belarus was far from being an independent and autonomous state. As a matter of fact, all territories of the modern-day Belarus were territories of previous states including Lithuania and Russia. It was only in the early years of World War II that an independence movement was formed which led to the creation of the Belarusian Republic.

Politics is the country is based on that of the former Soviet Union. Most companies are state-owned, and political opposition is not allowed. Existing opposition movements are badly and violently oppressed. Although elections are held, they are perceived by Western observers to be unfair and the results are manipulated in favor of the ruling party.

Belarus wants to be a part of the NATO, but its political leadership, policies, as well as human rights records is a considered as a huge hindrance to that end. Corruption, too, is a problem that has been afflicting the country for decades, and that has had crippling effects to its economy and its people.

Religion in the country is varied, including Christian Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. A large part of the population is considered irreligious – in other words, they adhere to no religion.

9.63 million

Population. Ranked 90th in 2013.

$6,685.02

GDP per capita. Ranked 75th in 2012.

Borders

Latvia 171 km, Lithuania 680 km, Poland 605 km, Russia 959 km, Ukraine 891 km
Largest city Minsk - 1,666,000
Capital city Minsk - 1,666,000
Major language Russian, Belarussian (both official)
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit Belarusian ruble
Alternative names Respublika Byelarus', Belarus, byelarus, Republic of Belarus
Groups Christian countries, Cold countries, Eastern Europe, Europe, Former Soviet republics, Landlocked countries, World

Belarus Map

202,900 sq km

Sq. km. Ranked 80th in 2008.

Map of Beshenkovichi district :
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... district maps 1899 belarus at the end of the 19th century in russian

Interesting observations about Belarus

Belarus ranked first for inflation rate > consumer prices amongst Europe in 2012.
Belarus ranked third for death rate amongst Cold countries in 2013.
Belarus ranked third for GDP > composition by sector > industry amongst Landlocked countries in 2012.
Belarus ranked first for internet > fixed broadband internet subscribers per 1000 amongst Eastern Europe in 2012.
Belarus ranked first for GNI per capita > current LCU globally in 2012.
Belarus ranked first for migration > net migration rate amongst Former Soviet republics in 2008.

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Belarus is a landlocked country located in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by several countries, including Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine. Until the 20th century, Belarus was far from being an independent and autonomous state. As a matter of fact, all territories of the modern-day Belarus were territories of previous states including Lithuania and Russia. It was only in the early years of World War II that an independence movement was formed which led to the creation of the Belarusian Republic.

Politics is the country is based on that of the former Soviet Union. Most companies are state-owned, and political opposition is not allowed. Existing opposition movements are badly and violently oppressed. Although elections are held, they are perceived by Western observers to be unfair and the results are manipulated in favor of the ruling party.

Belarus wants to be a part of the NATO, but its political leadership, policies, as well as human rights records is a considered as a huge hindrance to that end. Corruption, too, is a problem that has been afflicting the country for decades, and that has had crippling effects to its economy and its people.

Religion in the country is varied, including Christian Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. A large part of the population is considered irreligious – in other words, they adhere to no religion.

Posted on 06 Apr 2014

Edsel.G

Edsel.G

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Hello everybody!
I'm from Belarus. There are a lot of bat stereotypes about my country (for example, about authoritation etc.). If you want I can get you REAL information about Belarus. If you have any questions, you can write me: belaruszm@gmail.com

Posted on 03 Nov 2009

Elena

Elena

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Hi, I have a very old photo of my grandparents with a short message on the back in Russian or Belarusian that I cannot read. It would mean so much to me if someone could translate it into English for me?
Thanks
Nicole
webster10@westnet.com.au

Posted on 15 Jun 2009

Nicole

Nicole

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Hi, I have a very old photo of my grandparents with a short message on the back in Russian or Belarusian that I cannot read. It would mean so much to me if someone could translate it into English for me?
Thanks
Nicole
nwebster@zipform.com.au

Posted on 15 Jun 2009

Nicole

Nicole

  • The Republic of Belarus is one of the landlocked countries in Eastern Europe. Russia is the most prominent and important economic and political partner of Belarus. These two countries comprise the Supranational Union State. However, a critical diplomatic controversy broke out between the two nations in 2009. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko charged Russia for proposing a $500 million loan provided Belarus recognized the countries of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

    Belarus has always maintained that its citizens must comply with Georgian laws and use entry points on the borders of Georgia. The President of Belarus even questioned the inevitability of diplomatic relations with Russia because the latter has been cordoning off his country. Nonetheless, Russian President Vladimir Putin assailed the EU’s sanctions on Belarus in May, 2012. That year, leaders of both nations issued a joint statement that they will synchronize efforts to fight efforts of anyone daring to get in the way of internal affairs of the Union State.

    Belarus ranks number 65 out of 187 countries with a potentially high point in terms of potential human development. It has a system of social standards that seeks to ensure the implementation of social rights which are consolidated by the Republic’s constitution. Likewise, it looks forward to economic growth and integration into the global economic system. Belarus has a unique market economy model that focuses on its citizens, social security, efficient government regulation, energy efficiency, technology, entrepreneurship, and market infrastructure.

    The post-crisis year of 2012 seemed positive for Belarus since oil prices decreased while exports went up. National currency and prices of commodities have become stable since then. However, Human Rights Watch reported that the government continues to curtail freedoms of assembly, expression and association as well as the right to fair trial.

    jaacosta47 15 May 2014

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