Last updated on November 14th, 2017
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#25. The game “World of Tanks,” and the famous Viber App originated from Belarus.
#26. Belarus has four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
#27. ‘Independence Avenue’ in Minsk is the longest street (15 km) in Belarus. The name of this street has been changed 14 times so far.
#28. Belarus received about 60% of the contamination that fell on the former Soviet Union from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
#29. Chemical and nuclear pollution in the country are among its major environmental problems.
#30. World War II took the lives of almost 25% of the population of Belarus.
Flag of Belarus
#31. Primeval lowland oak woods can only be found in Pripyatski National Park, which is in Belarus.
#32. About 45% of the country is covered by forest land.
#33. Belarus also has the distinction of printing one of the first-ever bibles. This was done in 1517 in Prague.
#34. The National Library of Belarus contains 8 million items of various media. Each day, the library sees more than 2,200 users and delivers 12,000 documents. It was founded on September 15, 1922.
#35. Every city in Belarus has a Lenin street named after Vladimir Lenin – a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist.
#36. During World War II, more than 800,000 Jewish people were executed by the Germans in Belarus.
#37. The Minsk botanical garden is the third largest in Europe.
#38. Belarus is slightly smaller than the state of Kansas in size.
#39. There are approximately 6,805,786 internet users in Belarus.
#40. The country has 86,392 km of roadways, and 5,528 km of railways.
#41. Belarus has produced at least 68 Olympic champions in the past 50 years.
#42. Belarusians can make at least 300 different recipes with potatoes. They can even make pancakes using potatoes.
#43. The death penalty has been completely abolished in all European countries except for Belarus.
#44. Approximately 40-45% of the country’s population is 25-54 years old.
#45. The country spends approximately 6% of its GDP on health care and has a 99.7% literacy rate.
#46. The country experiences a moderate continental climate.
#47. “Lacinka” is the name of the Latin-script in Belarusian writing.
Belarus – country at a glance
|Independence||25 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)|
|Total area||207,600 sq km|
|Population||9,570,376 (July 2016 est.)|
|Official Language||Belarusian and |
|Borders||Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.|
|Currency||Belarusian ruble (BYR)|
|Religion||Judaism, Islam, Christianity.|
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|Life expectancy||72.7 years (2017)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Climate||cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime|
|Terrain||generally flat with much marshland|
|Natural resources||timber, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, clay|
|Birth rate||10.5 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Death rate||13.3 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.87 male(s)/female (2016 est.)|
|Government type||presidential republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship|
|Prime Minister||Andrei Kobyakov|
|National symbol||no clearly defined current national symbol, the mounted knight known as Pahonia (the Chaser) is the traditional Belarusian symbol|
|National colors||green, red, white|
|National anthem||"My, Bielarusy" (We Belarusians)|
|Industries||metal-cutting machine tools, tractors, trucks, earthmovers, motorcycles, televisions, synthetic fibers, fertilizer, textiles, radios, refrigerators|
|Exports||$22.65 billion (2016 est.)|
machinery and equipment, mineral products, chemicals, metals, textiles, foodstuffs
|Imports||$25.44 billion (2016 est.)|
mineral products, machinery and equipment, chemicals, foodstuffs, metals
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$17,500 (2016 est.)|
|Internet country code||.by|
|Time Zone||FET (UTC+3)|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Data sources||CIA, Wikipedia|
|Table last updated||August 26, 2017|