"Belarus one of the post - soviet countries" Top 5 Page for this destination Belarus by Tobias_Plieninger

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A few sentences about Belarus

Belarur is one of the old soviet republics.

Now it is a border / transit between the new EU-contries.

In Belarus you can feel how it must have been during the soviet times.

The cities have their own special style.

The people are poor but very friendly.

The landscapes are very nice in the nothern region

In the whole country everything is very cheap.

Just go there and make your own picture of it.

Some facts about Belarus

Belarus

Formal Name: Republic of Belarus

Local Name: Belarus

Local Formal Name: Respublika Belarus'

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CIS
Location: Europe
Status: UN Country
Capital City: Minsk
Main Cities: Gomel, Vitebsk, Brest, Grodno
Population: 10,304,000
Area: 207,000 km2
Currency: 1 ruble = 100 kopeks
Languages: Belorussian, Russian, Polish
Religions: Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox

Geographic information about Belarus

Belarus is landlocked, relatively flat, and contains large tracts of marshy land. Lakes and rivers punctuate the country. The largest marsh territory is Polesie, which is also amongst the largest marshes in Europe. There are 11,000 lakes in Belarus, but the majority of the lakes are smaller than 0.5 km2. Three major rivers run through the country, the Neman River, the Pripyat River, and the Dnepr River. Belarus' highest point is Dzyarzhynskaya Hara (Dzyarzhynsk Hill), 345 m, and its lowest point is on the Neman River, 90 m. The climate ranges from harsh winters (average January temperatures are in the range −8 C to −2 C) to cool and moist summers (average temperature 15 C to 20 C).

Forest covers about 34 percent of the total landscape, making it one of the most dominant natural resources in Belarus. Other natural resources to be found in Belarus include peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, and clay. About one fifth of the territory, mostly in the South-Eastern provinces of Homyel and Mahilyow, continues to be affected by fallout from the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine. While the amount of radiation has decreased (by one percent) since the disaster, most of the area is considered uninhabitable.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Soviet style. Very cheap!
  • Cons:Think positive!
  • In a nutshell:Experience the soviet style in Belarus!
  • Last visit to Belarus: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2006
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