A landlocked country in Eastern Europe, Belarus occupues an area of 207,595 sq. km (80,153 sq mi). As observed on the physical map of Belarus, it is a relatively low-lying country. It can be divided into two main parts: the Poltsk Lowland (north) and the Dnieper Lowland (south).
Belarus is a heavily forested, flat, low-lying country that includes the Poltsk Lowland (north) and the Dnieper Lowland (south). A few areas of rolling hills in the west blend into the lowlands. The extensive Pripyat marshes cover the southern reaches of the country. The country's highest point, the Dzerzhinsky Hill, stands at 1,135 ft. (346m). Its lowest point is on the Neman River at 90 metres (295 ft) And as for rivers, the Dnieper is the most significant. Others of importance include the Dvinar, Neman and Pripyat. Many streams and over 10,000 small lakes are scattered about.
Belarus (officially, the Republic of Belarus) is divided into 6 regions (voblastsi, sing. voblasts) and 1 municipality (horad). The regions are: Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev, Minsk and Vitebsk. Horad Minsk (Minsk City) is the municipality. The regions are further subdivided into a total of 118 raions (districts). Minsk city has 9 raions and enjoys special status as the national capital.
Situated on the slopes of the Minsk hills is, Minsk – the capital, the largest and the most populous city of Belarus. It is also the major administrative, cultural, educational, industrial and economic center of the country.
Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is geographically positioned both in the Northern and Eastern hemispheres of the earth. Belarus is bordered by 5 nations: by Russia in the north and east; by Ukraine in the south; by Poland in the west; by Lithuania and Latvia in the northwest.
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|Legal Name||Republic of Belarus|
|53 54 N, 27 34 E|
|Independence||25 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)|
|Total Area||207,600.00 km2|
|Land Area||202,900.00 km2|
|Water Area||4,700.00 km2|
|Total Border||3,642.0 km|
|Bordering Countries||Latvia 161 km, Lithuania 640 km, Poland 418 km, Russia 1312 km, Ukraine 1111 km|
|Climate||Cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime|
|Coordinates||53 00 N, 28 00 E|
|Mean Elevation||160 m|
|Lowest Elevation||90 m|
|Highest Elevation||346 m|
|Ethnic Groups||Belarusian 83.7%, Russian 8.3%, Polish 3.1%, Ukrainian 1.7%, other 2.4%, unspecified 0.9% (2009 est.)|
|Languages||Russian (official) 70.2%, Belarusian (official) 23.4%, other 3.1% (includes small Polish- and Ukrainian-speaking minorities), unspecified 3.3% (2009 est.)|
|Religions||Orthodox 48.3%, Catholic 7.1%, other 3.5%, non-believers 41.1% (2011 est.)|
|Currency||Belarusian rubles (BYB/BYR)|
|GDP Per Capita||$6,663.30|
|Exports||Machinery and equipment, mineral products, chemicals, metals, textiles, foodstuffs|
This page was last updated on October 27, 2020