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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 Tourism Information…

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The Best of Belarus…

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

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Belarus Country Information…

Capital:

Minsk

Largest City:

Minsk

Government:

Unitary Dominant-party Presidential Republic

Currency:

Belarusian ruble (BYB/BYR)

Area:

Total: 207,600 sq km land: 202,900 sq km (80,153 sq mi) -Ranked: 86th water: 4,700 sq km 

Climate:

Cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime

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 C, F )

Telephone Code:

+375

Local Emergency Phone Number:

Ambulance: 03; Fire: 01; Police: 02

Internet TLD:

.by

Time Zone:

MSK (UTC+3)

Road Driving Side:

Right

Anthem:

Дзяржаўны гімн Рэспублікі Беларусь (Belarusian)’ State Anthem of the Republic of Belarus”

President:

Alexander Lukashenko

Prime Minister:

Roman Golovchenko

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Holidays and Observances in Belarus in 2020

Date NameType
Jan 1WednesdayNew Year’s DayNational Holiday
Jan 2ThursdayNew Year HolidayNational Holiday
Jan 7TuesdayOrthodox Christmas DayNational Holiday
Feb 14FridayValentine’s DayObservance
Feb 23SundayDefender of the Fatherland DayObservance
Mar 8SundayWomen’s DayNational Holiday
Mar 15SundayConstitution DayNational Holiday
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason
Apr 2ThursdayUnion Day of Belarus and RussiaNational Holiday
Apr 12SundayCatholic Easter SundayObservance
Apr 19SundayOrthodox Easter SundayObservance, Orthodox
Apr 26SundayDay of Remembrance of the Chernobyl TragedyObservance
Apr 28TuesdayRadonitsaNational Holiday
May 1FridayLabour DayNational Holiday
May 9SaturdayVictory DayNational Holiday
May 10SundayDay of the National Emblem and Flag of BelarusObservance
Jun 21SundayJune SolsticeSeason
Jun 22MondayRemembrance Day of Victims of the Great Patriotic WarObservance
Jul 3FridayIndependence Day of the Republic of BelarusNational Holiday
Jul 6MondayKupalle (Day 1)Observance
Jul 7TuesdayKupalle (Day 2)Observance
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Nov 2MondayRemembrance DayObservance
Nov 7SaturdayOctober Revolution DayNational Holiday
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 25FridayCatholic Christmas DayNational Holiday
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year’s EveObservance