Belarus

Belarus is country of Europe located in east Europe.

Details

Official Name:Republic of Belarus
Capital:Minsk
Total area:207 595 km2
GDP per capita:$15,633
Native Language:Belarusian, Russian
Government:Unitary presidential republic
Population:9,457,500
Major Religion:Eastern Orthodox Christianity
Monetary Unit:Belarusian ruble (BYR)

Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital is Minsk; other major cities include Brest, Hrodna (Grodno), Homiel (Gomel), Mahilyow (Mogilev) and Vitsebsk (Vitebsk). Over forty percent of its 207,600 square kilometres (80,200 sq mi) is forested, and its strongest economic sectors are service industries and manufacturing.

Economy

Most of the Belarusian economy remains state-controlled and has been described as Soviet-style. Thus, 51.2% of Belarusians are employed by state-controlled companies, 47.4% are employed by private companies (of which 5.7% are partially foreign-owned), and 1.4% are employed by foreign companies. The country relies on Russia for various imports, including petroleum. Important agricultural products include potatoes and cattle byproducts, including meat. In 1994, Belarus's main exports included heavy machinery (especially tractors), agricultural products, and energy products.