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flag Belarus Belarus: Introduction

Capital: Minsk


Total Population: 9,466,000
Natural Increase: 0.0%
Density: 47 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 75.9%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Minsk (1,831,000); Gomel (481,000); Maguilev (370,000); Vitebsk (340,000); Grodna (320,000).
Ethnic Origins: Belarusian 81.2%, Russian 11.4%, Polish 3.9%, Ukrainian 2.4%, other 1.1% (1999 census)
Official Language: Russian and Belarusian which are spoken by 80% of the population.
Other Languages Spoken: It is important to note that other languages are also used in this country such as Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Yiddish.
Business Language(s): Russian, fluently spoken, and English, well spoken within companies having an international activity.
Religion: Orthodox 86%, Catholics 5%, Jews 5%, Others 4%.

Local Time:

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National Currency: Belarussian Rubble (BYR)

Country Overview

Area: 207,600 km²
Type of State: Republic based on parliamentary democracy but actually it is dictatorship where President enjoys immense powers.
Type of Economy: Lower-middle-income economy, Transition country.
Entirely dependent on its trade with Russia. Important transit route for Russian gas supplies to parts of Europe.
HDI*: 0.786/1
HDI (World Rank): 53/187

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From Belarus, Dial 810
To Make a Call to Belarus, Dial +375
Internet Suffix: .by
Telephone Lines: 46.3 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 46.9 per 100 Inhabitants

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20092010201120122013
Imports of Goods (million USD) 28,56934,88445,77146,40442,999
Exports of Goods (million USD) 21,30425,28441,41945,99137,232
Imports of Services (million USD) 2,0312,8543,1803,6664,116
Exports of Services (million USD) 3,4534,4635,2545,9136,849

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

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