Belarus is a country located in Eastern Europe. It borders Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Here are some interesting facts about Belarus.
Interesting Facts About Belarus
- People from Belarus are called Belarusians (or Belorussians). Belarusian is also one of the official languages of Belarus. The other is Russian.
- More than 80% of the population (about 8,000,000 people) are of native Belarusians.
- Belarusians enjoy food that is slowly cooked or stewed. They eat lots of vegetables, meat (mainly pork) and bread. They eat very little for breakfast. Dinner is the biggest meal of the day.
- Two state holidays, Independence Day and Victory Day, are celebrated with big firework displays and military displays.
- Belarus has a literacy rate of over 99%!
- The average life expectancy is 68.7 years.
- Russian Orthodox Christianity and Catholicism are the two major religions in Belarus. The Constitution of Belarus does not declare any official religion.
- The official currency of Belarus is the Belarusian ruble.
- There are 31 different banks in Belarus. 30 are owned by the government and 1 is privately owned.
- Since 2004, Belarus has sent artists to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest.
- The unemployment rate in Belarus is very low, only 1.5%. Two-thirds of the total number of unemployed people are women.
- The capital city of Belarus is Minsk. It is also the largest city in Belarus.
- Agriculture and manufacturing are the largest industries in Belarus.