Although Belarus Travel rarely makes anyone's list of possible tourist destinations, this little known nation situated in the center of Europe holds many treasures for the inquisitive traveler. Belarus offers a diverse range of attractions from its national parks and lakes to its rich cultural and historical heritage. So whether you are an eco-tourist, an avid hunter or angler, a history enthusiast, or a lover of the arts, Belarus may pleasantly surprise you with its wide range of travel opportunities.
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Belarus Travel - Facts and Resources
Official Name: Republic of Belarus
Area: 207,600 km² (80,156 miles²)
Belarus has a hilly landscape with many lakes and gently sloping ridges in the north. Low-lying swampy plains are found in the south. One-third of the country is covered by unpopulated forest.
Belarus Time Zone:
Belarus has only one time zone, GMT + 2 hours
Because of its proximity to the Baltic Sea, Belarus has a temperate continental climate. The average temperature travelers will experience in January is –6°C (21°F), and the average temperature for Belarus travel in July is about 18°C (64°F), with high humidity.
10,300,483 people (July 2005 est.)
Population growth rate: -0.09% (2005 est.)
Life Expectancy at birth: (2005 est.)
1. Female: 74.69 years
2. Male: 63.03 years
3. Total Population: 68.72 years
Sex ratio in Belarus: 0.88 male(s)/female (2005 est.)
Belarus Ethnic Groups:
Among the total population of Belarus, 80% are Belarusian. Other ethnic groups include Russian (11.4%), Polish (3.9%), Ukrainian (2.4%), other (1.1%)
Languages: Both Belarusian and Russian languages have official status.
Religions: The main religion in the Belarus is Eastern Orthodox. Other religions include Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim.
Government type: Republic
Belarus National Anthem (follow this link to learn the words)
Country Dialing Code: 375
Electricity: ~220 V, 50 Hz, European socket (2-pins)