Country's codes

International phone code for Belarus: +375

Standard ISO 3166-1:

    3 letters: BLR

    2 letters (internet domain): .BY

    Digital country code : 112

Standard EAN-13 (country barcode):  481

Olympic country code: BLR

FIFA code: BLR


Useful country information

Total area: 80,154 sq mi (207,600 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 9,608,058 (growth rate: -0.19%); birth rate: 10.86/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.64/1000; life expectancy: 72.15

Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Mensk (Minsk), 1.861 million

Other large cities: Gomel, 502,200; Mogilyov, 374,000; Vitebsk, 355,800; Grodno, 314,100; Brest, 306,300; Bobruysk, 228,100

Monetary unit: Belorussian ruble

National Name: Respublika Byelarus'

Languages: Belarusian (official) 23.4%, Russian (official) 70.2%, other 3.1% (includes small Polish- and Ukrainian-speaking minorities), unspecified 3.3% (2009 est.)

Ethnicity/race: Belarusian 83.7%, Russian 8.3%, Polish 3.1%, Ukrainian 1.7%, other 2.4%, unspecified 0.9% (2009 est.)

Religion: Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.)

National Holiday: Independence Day, July 3

Literacy rate: 99.6% (2009 est.)
 
What is Belarus known for?
Potatoes, tractors, and being one of the poorest countries in Europe by total wealth. Belarus is known as the last country in Europe run by a dictator (Alexander Lukashenko).
Belarus is the country with the lowest unemployment rate in Europe, and no, it is NOT part of Russia. But, the predominantly spoken language is Russian, not Belarusian. They have five Nobel Laureates in Belarus, and two Israeli presidents were born in the country, which is now Belarus, Chaim Weizmann and Shimon Peres. Also born in Belarus was the artist Marc Chagall.
About 40% of the country is forested; Białowieża Forest is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European plain. Most Belarusians are hospitable and friendly people. There is a vivid gambling industry (only in Minsk)

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