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FACT SHEET ON BELARUS

Official Name : Republic of Belarus

Geographical Location
Location of Belarus:   Eastern Europe
Latitude: 53.9167 degree North
Longitude: 27.5500 degree East
Neighbouring Countries : Belarus is a landlocked country, bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the South, Poland to the west, and the Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest

Area: 207,600 Sq. Kms.
Population: 9 498.6 thousand (as on 01 Apr 2017)
Capital: Minsk
Density: 374.3 per square km.
Currency: Belarusian Ruble
Major cities/towns: Brest, Grodno, Gomel, Mogilev and Vitebsk
Over 40% of its 207,600 square kilometres (80,200 sq mi) is covered by forest.  Many streams and 11,000 lakes are found in Belarus.  Three major rivers run through the country are: the Neman, the Pripyat and the Dnieper.

Political Structure
Belarus is a Presidential Republic.  Under the Constitution in force since 27 November 1996, the President is the Executive Head of the State and the guarantor of the Constitution.  His Excellency President Alexander Lukashenko has been re-elected for the fifth term in October 2015.  The Prime Minister is nominated by the President and the Parliament approves or rejects the nomination.  The bicameral National Assembly (Parliament) consists of 110 Members’ House of Representatives (Lower House) and 64 Members’ Council of the Republic (Upper House).

President: H.E. Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko
Prime Minister: H.E. Andrei Vladimirovich Kobyakov
Minister of Foreign Affairs: H.E. Vladimir Vladimirovich Makei

Climate:
The country is in the transitional zone between continental climates and maritime climates.
Temperature ranges between maximum +35 and -35

Languages: Belarusian (official) - 83.7%, Russian - 8.3%
Religions: Eastern Orthodox 80%; Others 20% (Roman, Catholic, Protestant, Jews & Muslims)

Economic Indicators
The Belarusian economy has a strong public sector component (almost 80%) with considerable State control.  The professed policy, of late, is of slow evolution to liberalization and privatization.

GDP: US$ 49.4 billion (2016)

GDP growth rate: (-) 2.6% (2015-100%)
Total trade: US$ 50.98 billion (2016)
Imports: US$ 27.6 billion (2016)
Exports: US$ 23.4 billion (2016)
Bilateral Trade: US$ 400.2 million (2016)
Imports from India: US$ 134.1 million (2016)
Exports to India: US$ 266,1 million (2016)  (Source : National Committee for Statistics)
Time Zone: Further-Eastern European Time (FET) zone, three hours ahead of UTC (UTC+03.00)
Driving: On the Right
Internet TLD: by
Calling code: +375


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