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Belarus

Facts and stats about Belarus

Author: 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 Cold countries, Eastern Europe, Europe, Former Soviet republics, Landlocked countries, World

Belarus Map

202,900 sq km

Sq. km. Ranked 80th in 2008.

Belarus ranked lowest for:
Crime > Embezzlements

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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

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