FAQs about Belarus

What is the capital of Belarus?
Minsk is the capital and the largest city of Belarus. It has a population of 1,836,808. The headquarters of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are located in Minsk. As the national capital, Minsk has a special administrative status in Belarus and is also the administrative centre of Minsk Region (voblast) and Minsk raion (district).
Where is Belarus?
Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a country in eastern Europe.

What countries border Belarus?
Belarus is bordered by Latvia on the north, Lithuania to the northwest, Poland to the west, Russia to the north and east and Ukraine to the south.

What are the administrative divisions of Belarus?
Belarus is divided into six regions which are named after the cities that serve as their administrative centers. Each region has a provincial legislative authority, called an region council, which is elected by its residents, and a provincial executive authority called region administration, whose leader is appointed by the president. Regions are further subdivided into raions, commonly translated as districts or regions.

Who are the political leaders of Belarus?
President: Alexander Lukashenko Prime Minister: Mikhail Myasnikovich

What currency is used in Belarus?
The ruble is the currency of Belarus. The symbol for the ruble is Br and the ISO 4217 code is BYR.

What is the official language of Belarus?
Belarusian, along with Russian, is the official language of Belarus.

What is the religion of Belarus?
Orthodox is the principal religion of Belarus. There are over 1,000 Orthodox churches in Belarus and an increasing number of cloisters are being revived. However, orthodox religion is by no means the only Belarus religion. Many other religions are also well represented in the country, including: Roman Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims.

When did Belarus achieve independence?
After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on December 8, 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration.

What is the economy of Belarus like?
Belarus is a lower-middle-income country with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of US$ 1,590. The economy is highly industrialized and largely dependent on the import of energy and raw materials. Agriculture is the largest sector of Belarus' economy; wheat, rye, oats, potatoes, flax, hemp, and sugar beets are the primary agricultural products. Textiles and wood processing also contribute to the country's economy.

Last Updated on: May 30, 2017