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Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the north and east, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the north. To read more about Belarus see The World Factbook and Wikipedia. For centuries the lands of modern-day Belarus belonged to several ethnically different countries, including the Principality of Polotsk, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. After the short-lived Belarusian People’s Republic (1918–19), Belarus became a republic of the Soviet Union. Belarus attained its independence in 1991.

Jurisdictions (also see Governates and Voivodeships)

  • Brest Province
  • Homyel' Province
  • Horad Minsk Municipality
  • Hrodna Province
  • Mahilyow Province
  • Minsk Province
  • Vitsyebsk Province

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Did you know?

  • The official name of Belarus is the ‘Republic of Belarus
  • The official languages of Belarus are Belarusian and Russian. Polish and Ukranian are also spoken there
  • The primary religion in the country is Russian Orthodox
  • Belarus is, at times, also known as ’White Russia’
  • The capital of Belarus is Minsk,the other major cities of Belarus include Brest, Grodno, Gomel, Mogilev and Vitebsk
  • The oldest city of Belarus is Polotsk, which has been known since 862 AD



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