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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 have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place and current negotiations on further integration have been contentious. Since his election in July 1994 as the country’s first and only directly elected president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on political and civil freedoms, freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion have remained in place.

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Belarus
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The Best of Belarus...
 Belarus's Most Popular Sights...

Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  

  • Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park
  • Bialowieza Forest
  • Braslav Lakes
  • Brest Fortress-Brest
  • Gomel Palace
  • Grodno
  • Khatyn War Memorial
  •  Minsk
    • Belarusian Sate Museum
    • Church of  St. Simon’s
    • Independence Square
    • Victory park
  • Mir Castle
  • Nesvizh Castle
  • Vitebsk

Flag_of_BelarusRegions of Belarus…

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Brest
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Gomel
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Grodno
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Mogoliv
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Minsk
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Vitebsk
 

Country Information...
 
Capital Minsk
Largest City Minsk
Government Unitary dominant-partypresidential republic
Currency Belarusian ruble (BYB/BYR)
Area 207,600km² -ranked
Population 9,570,376 (July 2016 est.) ranked 93rd
Language Russian (official) 70.2%, Belarusian (official) 23.4%, other 3.1% (includes small Polish- and Ukrainian-speaking minorities), unspecified 3.3% (2009 est.)
Ethnic Groups Belarusian 83.7%, Russian 8.3%, Polish 3.1%, Ukrainian 1.7%, other 2.4%, unspecified 0.9% (2009 est.)
Religion Orthodox 48.3%, Catholic 7.1%, other 3.5%, non-believers 41.1% (2011 est.)
Electricity 230V, 50Hz (European plug)
Country code +375
Internet TLD .by
Time Zone UTC+2
Drives on the Right
Anthem Дзяржаўны гімн Рэспублікі Беларусь (Belarusian)’ State Anthem of the Republic of Belarus”
President Alexander Lukashenko
Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov
Holidays and Observances in Belarus in 2020
Date   Name Type
Jan 1 Wednesday New Year’s Day National Holiday
Jan 2 Thursday New Year Holiday National Holiday
Jan 7 Tuesday Orthodox Christmas Day National Holiday
Feb 14 Friday Valentine’s Day Observance
Feb 23 Sunday Defender of the Fatherland Day Observance
Mar 8 Sunday Women’s Day National Holiday
Mar 15 Sunday Constitution Day National Holiday
Mar 20 Friday March Equinox Season
Apr 2 Thursday Union Day of Belarus and Russia National Holiday
Apr 12 Sunday Catholic Easter Sunday Observance
Apr 19 Sunday Orthodox Easter Sunday Observance, Orthodox
Apr 26 Sunday Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl Tragedy Observance
Apr 28 Tuesday Radonitsa National Holiday
May 1 Friday Labour Day National Holiday
May 9 Saturday Victory Day National Holiday
May 10 Sunday Day of the National Emblem and Flag of Belarus Observance
Jun 21 Sunday June Solstice Season
Jun 22 Monday Remembrance Day of Victims of the Great Patriotic War Observance
Jul 3 Friday Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus National Holiday
Jul 6 Monday Kupalle (Day 1) Observance
Jul 7 Tuesday Kupalle (Day 2) Observance
Sep 22 Tuesday September Equinox Season
Nov 2 Monday Remembrance Day Observance
Nov 7 Saturday October Revolution Day National Holiday
Dec 21 Monday December Solstice Season
Dec 25 Friday Catholic Christmas Day National Holiday
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Observance