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Basic facts about Belarus: Belarus is located in Eastern Europe, east of Poland. The area and size of Belarus is 207,600 square kilometers, which is number 86 size country in the world. The capital of Belarus is Minsk. Belarus is separated into 6 provinces and one municipality. Belarus celebrates 2 Independence Days, July 3rd, 1944, when Minsk was liberated from German troops, and August 25th, 1991, when it became independent from the Soviet Union. The climate of Belarus includes cold winters, cool and moist summers, and is transitional between continental and maritime. A well known traditional country symbol for Belarus is the mounted knight known as Pahonia (the Chaser). Green, red, and white, are considered the national colors of Belarus.
In regards to Belarus’ population and demographics, here are some basic facts: Belarus has 9,441,842 population, ranked as number 94th in the world according to a July 2021 estimate. The main languages spoken in Belarus are Russian, the official language, with 70.2 percent of the population, and Belarussian, also the official language, with 23.4 percent of the population. The main religions represented in Belarus are Orthodox, at 48.3 percent, Catholic, at 7.1 percent, and Non-Believers, at 41.1 percent. The literacy rate of Belarus is high, at 99.8%.
Here is some information about the Belarus economy: The GDP per capita is 19,100 dollars, or number 90 in the world, according to a 2020 estimate. The unemployment rate in Belarus is .08, according to a 2017 estimate, and the percentage of people living below the poverty line in Belarus is at 5 percent, according to a 2017 estimate.
Here is some basic internet information about Belarus: The internet country code for Belarus is .BY and the number of internet users in Belarus was at 7,539,145 people, or 79.13 percent of the population according to a July 2018 estimate.
In terms of Illegal drugs, there is limited cultivation of opium poppy and cannabis, mostly for the domestic market. Belarus is a transshipment point for illicit drugs to and via Russia, and the Baltics and Western Europe.
Here are some final thoughts and insights on Belarus: Belarus has been a constituent republic of the USSR for 7 decades and although it has been independent since 1991, it is still facing authoritarian leadership and a centralized economic system. Belarus can benefit socially and economically by further embracing democracy for it’s political system and capitalism for its economic system.
Here’s an informative video about Belarus from CIA World Factbook:
Here’s an additional informative video about Belarus, this time based on the United States Department Belarus Fact Sheet:
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