Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, is known for its Stalinist architecture, grand fortifications and primeval forests. In the modern capital, Minsk, the monumental KGB Headquarters loom over Independence Square, while the Museum of the Great Patriotic War commemorates the country’s role in WWII. The capital is also home to many churches, including the neo-Romanesque Church of Saints Simon and Helena.
Languages: 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.)
Belief Systems: Orthodox 48.3%, Catholic 7.1%, other 3.5%, non-believers 41.1% (2011 est.)
Population: 9.47 million people (World Rank: 91st) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 121 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 168th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: -0.307 %/yr (World Rank: 230th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 69.9 years (World Rank: 152nd) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 38.9 years (World Rank: 30th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Belarus
Music of Belarus
Recipes from Belarus
in Washington D.C.
Belarusian Government Web Sites
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