Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Belarus
  • Attained independence from the USSR in 1991
  • Capital City: Minsk
  • Official Languages: Belarusian & Russian
  • Population 9.5 million
  • GDP per capita: $15,028
  • Area of entire country totals slightly less than that covered by the state of Kansas, U.S.
  • Terrain: Generally flat, lots of Marsh Land
  • Ethnic Groups: Belarusian 81.2%, Russian 11.4%, Polish 3.9%, Ukrainian 2.4%, other 1.1
  • 80% of the population is Eastern Orthodox
  • 99.6% Literacy rate
  • Belarus is a source, destination, and transit country for women, men, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com


Government in Power

Presidential Republic

  • President: Alexander Lukashenko

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Exspectancy: 71.48 years
  • Physicians Density: 4.869/1,000
  • Maternal mortality rate: 15/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 6.16/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS: 0.3%
  • Risk of Infectious Disease: LOW
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm


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