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General Facts

Population: 9,475,100

Capital: Minsk

Official Languages: Belarusian, Russian

Currency: Belarusian Ruble (BYR)

Religion: Eastern Orthodoxy

Motto: No official motto

National Anthem: “State Anthem of the Republic of Belarus” or unofficially: Мы, беларусы (We, Belarusians)

Interesting facts

  •  Over 40% of Belarus is covered in forest
  • Belarus is the only country in the world to have had Yiddish as an official language (from 1922 – 1939)
  • The biggest lake in Belarus, Lake Narach, has a surface area covering over 79 square kilometres!
  • Belarus has one of the largest swamp areas in Europe, and Southern Belarus is sometimes called the “lungs of Europe” for this reason
  • Belarus is home to the last surviving European Bison living in the wild

More obscurely, did you know...

  • Birch sap is a popular drink in Belarus, and is harvested every spring
  • 30% of Swedish forests are grown from Belarusian seeds
  • A popular Christmas symbol in Belarus is a bear