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Belarus's Information

Flag of Belarus
Land Area 202,900 km2
Water Area 4,700 km2
Total Area 207,600km2 (#84)
Population 9,570,376 (#92)
Population Density 47.17/km2
Government Type Presidential Republic In Name, Although In Fact A Dictatorship
GDP (PPP) $166.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $17,500
Currency Ruble (BYR)
More Information Belarus
Largest Cities
  • Name: Belarus
    (long form) Republic of Belarus
  • Capital City: Minsk (1,836,808 pop.)
    (2,101,018 metro)
  • Belarus Population: 9,625,888 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: Belarusian ruble
    (conversion rates)

    Belarusian ruble
    500 Belarusian rubles
  • Ethnicity: Belarusian 81.2%, Russian 11.4%, Polish 3.9%, Ukrainian 2.4%, other 1.1%
  • GDP total: $150.3 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $16,000 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: Belarusian (official) 36.7%, Russian (official) 62.8%, other 0.5% (includes small Polish- and Ukrainian-speaking minorities)
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Minsk, Gomel, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Hrodno, Brest, Babruysk, Baranovici, Borisov, Pinsk, Orsa, Mozir, Solegorsk
  • Name: From Belarusian, meaning "White Rus." It is believed that the prefix Bela- originated from Sanskrit "Bala" (morning/white) and that early cultures held to the notion that the color represented freedom, purity and nobility
  • National Day: July 3
  • Religion: Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (which includes Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20%
  • Symbols
This page was last updated on September 29, 2015.

Belarus Trivia

What Languages Are Spoken In Belarus?

Belarusian and Russian are the two most spoken languages in Belarus. Several other minority languages are spoken throughout the country. Some of the most common of these languages include Polish, Eastern Yiddish, and Ukrainian.

Languages Spoken In Belarus

What Kind of Government Does Belarus Have?

The government of Belarus is divided into 3 branches: executive, legislative, and judicial.

What Type Of Government Does Belarus Have?

What Are The Major Natural Resources Of Belarus?

Belarus has a wealth of natural resources including peat deposits, forests, oil, natural gas, brown coal, fertile land, limestone, iron, clay, chalk, and sand.

What Are The Major Natural Resources Of Belarus?

Are There Any UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Belarus?

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Belarus include Mir Castle, Struve Geodetic Arc, and the Bialowieza Forest.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Belarus

What Is The Population Of Belarus?

As of 2018, Belarus had an estimated population of around 9.5 million individuals.

Demographics Of Belarus

What is the biggest city in Belarus?

Minsk is Belarus’ capital and largest city with 1.97 million people.

The Biggest Cities In Belarus

About the Author

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