47 Interesting Facts About Belarus

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

Interesting facts about Belarus: Flag
Flag of Belarus. Image credit – CIA

#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.

National Library of Belarus
National Library of Belarus. It has 22 floors and is 72 meters high. Image credit – Dennis Jarvis

#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

Independence25 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
Capital CityMinsk
(53°55′N 27°33′E)
Largest CityMinsk
(53°55′N 27°33′E)
Total area207,600 sq km
Population9,570,376 (July 2016 est.)
Official LanguageBelarusian and
Russian
BordersLatvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.
CurrencyBelarusian ruble (BYR)
ReligionJudaism, Islam, Christianity.
DemonymBelarusian
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Life expectancy72.7 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.
Climatecold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime
Terraingenerally flat with much marshland
Natural resourcestimber, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, clay
Agricultural land43.7%
Birth rate10.5 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Death rate13.3 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Sex ratio0.87 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
Government typepresidential republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship
PresidentAlexander Lukashenko
Prime MinisterAndrei Kobyakov
Literacy rate99.7%
National symbolno clearly defined current national symbol, the mounted knight known as Pahonia (the Chaser) is the traditional Belarusian symbol
National colorsgreen, red, white
National anthem"My, Bielarusy" (We Belarusians)
Industriesmetal-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 ZoneFET (UTC+3)
Calling Code+375
Drives on theRight
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedAugust 26, 2017